8.128 @ 171.97 mph. That's the time and speed Bob Tasca III is looking to beat this weekend at the 2021 Dodge//SRT NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at. Will he do it? With the high-altitude and great race surface in Las Vegas, and the energy that comes from this being the 1,000th NHRA National event in history—we say don't bet against him!
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What Is the Ford Performance Cobra Jet 1400?
In 2020 Ford revealed a concept car it calls the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. It’s an all-electric drag car based on its Constant Aviation NHRA Factory Stock Showdown Cobra Jet built by Watson Engineering, and it’s been modified to accept an electric powertrain that puts out more than 1,400 hp—enough to propel the car to low-eight-second e.t.’s at more than 170 mph.
Ford says the Cobra Jet 1400 was built to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments on earth — the dragstrip. It’s also a way to mix two of the automaker’s most dynamic research and development capabilities: combine the problem-solving mindset of motorsports with the future-leaning resources of electrification.
“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.”
THEN AND NOW
As seen in the photos, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 honors the original Cobra Jet that debuted at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals and was the dominant car in the 2019 Constant Aviation Factory Stock Showdown.
“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 racecar 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.”