Back in April, Ford Performance pulled the wraps off the all electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 drag racer. While some may scoff at the idea of an electric dragster, running the quarter mile in the low eights is undeniably fast. We’ve been looking forward to seeing it in action, and Ford Performance announced it’ll finally make its racing debut at NHRA U.S. Nationals over Labor Day Weekend in Indianapolis.
That being said, it won’t be racing against anything at the event. Ford says it’ll just be doing several demonstration runs over the weekend. Still, it should be impressive to everyone watching, because this Mustang can probably beat everything in its class. If it were to race them, that is.
To build the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, Ford Performance teamed up with MLe Racecars. Watson Engineering provided chassis support and development, as well as the roll cage. As for the electric bits, AEM EV provided software, motor calibration and controls, while Cascadia supplied the electric motor and inverter units.
All in all, this gives the electric Mustang dragster a massive 1,400 hp and 1,100 lbs-ft of torque. This allows it to rocket the quarter mile somewhere in the low 8 second range at 170 miles per hour. For comparison, it beats out its gas powered Cobra jet sibling by around half a second and 20 mph in the quarter mile.
It also shows Ford’s commitment to making electric Mustangs cool. In addition to the Cobra Jet 1400, there’s the Mustang Mach-E 1400 built in collaboration between Ford and RTR. While the Cobra Jet 1400 is purely focused on the drag strip, the Mach-E 1400 is built to have the ultimate all-around performance in every discipline. Then there was the Mustang Lithium concept from SEMA 2019. There are even rumors of an all-electric or hybrid Mustang coming in the future.
Being a one-off prototype, we don’t have any pricing info on the car. We don’t even know if it’s going to be sold to customers like the gas Cobra Jet was back in 2018 at $130,000. No matter what, it’ll be exciting to see this thing demolish the drag strip over Labor Day Weekend.