Ford Performance Unveils Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800, Aiming for New Electric Drag Racing Records

What’s Happening: Ford Performance has announced the Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800, an enhanced version of the NHRA world record-holding Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. The upgraded model aims to beat the Cobra Jet 1400’s current world record for full-bodied electric vehicles in the quarter-mile (8.128 seconds at 171.97 mph).

Why It Matters: This development reflects Ford Performance’s dedication to pushing the boundaries in electric motorsports, showcasing ongoing advancements in electric vehicle technology and its applications in the racing world.

Key Points:

  • The Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 was developed after Ford Performance, MLe Racecars, AEM-EV, Cascadia Motion, and Watson Engineering collaborated on the Cobra Jet 1400, which set the reigning time in Norwalk, Ohio, in June 2021.
  • The team revised and upgraded the chassis, powertrain, and control systems, reintroducing the famous Super Cobra Jet name, first offered in 1969.
  • The Super Cobra Jet 1800 uses four PN-250-DZR inverters and two double-stacked DS-250-115 motor pairings, coupled with a new transmission from Liberty and a redesigned, lightweight battery system by Ford Performance and MLe Racecars.
  • The car features improved suspension geometry from PMR, larger Mickey Thompson drag radials, and Ford Performance proprietary control software running on AEM-EV hardware.
  • The upgrades have reduced weight by hundreds of pounds and increased horsepower to 1800.

Bottom Line: The Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 represents Ford Performance’s commitment to pushing the limits in electric motorsports and electric vehicle technology. The company aims to break new records for full-bodied electric vehicles, as well as the fastest electric vehicle 0-60 mph and fastest two-wheel drive electric vehicle 0-60 mph during an NHRA event later this season. MLe Racecar’s cofounder and official program test driver, Pat McCue, is expected to be behind the wheel.


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