After rolling out the 10-millionth Mustang – the best-selling sportscar in the world – Ford has released the quickest drag racing Mustang ever. The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey racing car that honours the 50th anniversary of the original that dominated drag strips in 1968.
The Ford Performance Parts team developed the 50th Anniversary car to be the most powerful and quickest Mustang Cobra Jet from the factory ever – capable of topping 240 km/h and covering a quarter mile (402 metres) in around 8.5 seconds. The project epitomizes the close teamwork between traditional and motorsports engineering groups to maximize the design, performance and durability of production Mustangs.
“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build on Cobra Jet’s success at the track over 5 decades,” said Eric Cin, Global Director, Ford Performance Parts. “This has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”
The car is powered by a special 5.2-litre version of Ford’s famed 5.0-litre V8, strengthened and outfitted with a 3.0-litre Whipple supercharger. The engine power reaches the tarmac through a 9-inch solid rear axle. The suspension consists of 2-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height and a low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering as well as a 4-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars.
Additional factory-provided racing performance upgrades include an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats and anniversary-badged racing wheels.
Available only in lefthand drive, the latest Mustang Cobra Jet has a pricetag of US$130,000 (about RM533,000) and only 68 units will be offered (the ‘68’ being associated with 1968, the year the original Cobra Jet made its debut.
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