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Ford debuts 1,400hp electric Mustang Cobra Jet

James Watt is smiling down on us all. The inventor of the concept of horsepower, and the man for whom the unit of power watt is named, he was interested in muscle in all its forms. Clearly, so is Ford Motor Company.
23 Apr 2020
David Kennedy

Ford has just revealed a concept car it calls the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. It’s an all-electric drag car that features a 1,400hp electric powertrain to propel the car to low-8-second e.t.’s at more than 170 mph.

The battery-powered Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is said to produce more than 1,100 ft-lbs of torque at 0 rpm. Ford says it was built to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments on earth—the dragstrip.

“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.”

As seen in the photos, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 honors the original Cobra Jet that first debuted at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals and is was dominant car in the 2019 SamTech.edu Factory Stock Showdown. The video shows the car making shakedown runs at Wild Horsepass Motorsports Park in Phoenix, Ariz.

"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."

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.

To maximize the efficiency and effectiveness of the project, Ford Performance has teamed up with several capable and specialized suppliers:

MLe Racecars: Vehicle builder, designer, integrator and tuner 

Watson Engineering: Chassis support and development, roll cage builder

AEM EV: Software and motor calibration and controls

Cascadia: Inverter and Motor supplier

The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is the second all-electric drag car the NHRA has seen debut on track.

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See More: Inside the supercharged Ford Cobra Jet Mustang