If you’re still coming to terms with Ford using the Mustang name for the Mach-E, maybe this will give you a new perspective on the electrified Mustang future.
Feast your eyes on this one-off Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 EV dragster, which will not hurt your ears and doesn’t use a drop of fuel, but is projected to crush the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph.
The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver over 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 lb-ft of instant torque to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding environments.
“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. “Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”
“This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “We saw the Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start developing electric powertrains in a race car package that we already had a lot of experience with, so we had performance benchmarks we wanted to match and beat right now. This has been a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports.”
I’m not going to lie, this is pretty freaking cool! EVs have always been a blast to drive with that instant torque, and now using that technology in a dragster? It’s an awesome way to show people that EVs aren’t just for hippies, and that they can do sweet, smoky burnouts with the best of ’em.
Ford Performance continues to test Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut later this year at a drag racing event where fans, media and competitors alike will get to meet the race car, as well as see exactly what it’s capable of up on the asphalt. Here’s hoping I get to see this bad boy in person.
But until then, this clip will have to do:
What do you think of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400?