At the 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals, Funny Car competitors (and old friends) Bob Tasca III and Tony Pedregon match raced electric and supercharged V8 Ford Mustang Cobra Jets. The all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 (which actually makes more than 1,500 hp) squared off against its equally powerful supercharged 5.2L Coyote V8 twin and ran the quarter mile at 8.680 seconds at 162.84 mph.
After two rounds of racing with a win by Pedregon in the gas car and a win by Tasca in the electric (when Pedregon had a red-light start), their third round of racing in Indy was postponed due to a weather delay.
Cobra Jet vs Cobra Jet results: 2020 Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals
Round 1: (Friday)
Left Lane: WIN Pedregon (V8) .122 1.406 3.752 5.698 126.76 7.374 8.797 158.26
Right Lane Tasca (Electric) .242 1.439 3.722 5.693 125.05 7.386 8.826 156.81
Round 2: (Saturday)
Left Lane: [RED-LIGHT] Pedregon (V8) -.096 1.500 3.848 5.782 127.13 7.450 8.868 158.82
Right Lane: Tasca (Electric) .160 1.397 3.730 5.655 128.27 7.386 8.680 162.84
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With the eyes of the world watching, Ford and NHRA immediately began planning a rematch, one that will take place at the AmalieMotor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27, 2020. When the two cars rematch at the Gatornationals, fans in attendance can expect history to be made as both cars should run even quicker on Gainesville Raceway’s new all-concrete racing surface.
Who is going to win? Will it be the shock-and-awe Cobra Jet 1400, or the 2019 SAM Tech.edu NHRA Factory Stock Showdown winning based supercharged V8 car? Spoiler alert: When Detroit brings its highest performance cars to test at an NHRA dragstrip—we all win!
To catch all the action of the Amalie Motor Oil NHRA Gatornationals, Sept. 25-27 in person you can buy your tickets HERE, livestream the race on NHRA.tv, and be sure to watch the full NHRA on FOX broadcast on FS1.