The original Mustang Cobra Jet first took to drag strips 50 years ago at the 1968 National Hot Rod Association Winternationals in Pomona, California, kicking off a half-century of dominance by besting the field in the Super Stock eliminator. Consistent with Ford’s legacy for only making the Mustang better generation after generation, the new 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet stands as the quickest factory Mustang drag racer ever built.
The Ford Performance 50th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet turnkey race car boasts a special 5.2-liter V8 paired with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger, which combine to deliver a top speed of 150 mph and a mid-eight-second quarter-mile. Debuting at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise, the new Mustang Cobra Jet is being offered in a run of just 68 vehicles at a starting MSRP of $130,000.
“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 five 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 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet will be available in Race Red or Oxford White and can be equipped with a 50th Anniversary graphics package that includes custom badging. Standard features for the Cobra Jet include low-drag disc brakes from Strange Engineering, an NHRA-certified safety roll cage and Federation Internationale de l'Automobile-certified seats.
After it broke cover, the Mustang Cobra Jet made an appearance at the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio. The largest gathering of Mustang Cobra Jets in history also featured a surprise appearance from the new 2019 Ford GT Heritage Edition, which pays homage to the No. 9 Ford GT40 MKI that won the 1968 Le Mans 24 Hours.
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