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New Mustang rockets into Woodward Dream Cruise

Limited edition Cobra Jet pays homage to dominating 1968 drag-racing legends

Published: August 15, 2018, 10:30 PM
Updated: August 22, 2018, 5:30 AM

2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

DETROIT – Ford is revving up for Saturday’s Woodward Dream Cruise with the introduction of the fastest, most powerful, drag-racing Mustang ever offered from the factory – the 50th anniversary Cobra Jet.

2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey racecar that’s capable of covering the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range with speeds in excess of 240 km/h.

The Ford Performance Parts team developed this newest Mustang to honour the original Cobra Jet that dominated drag strips in 1968.

1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet - (Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Sicnag)

“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.”

This latest iteration is powered by a special 5.2-litre version of Ford’s 5.0-litre V-8, strengthened and outfitted with a 3.0-litre Whipple supercharger. The engine sends power to the ground through a 9-inch solid rear axle supported by 2-way coil-over shocks with adjustable ride height. A low-drag disc brake system from Strange Engineering has been added, as well as a 4-link rear suspension with antiroll and panhard bars. Additional factory-provided racing upgrades include an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats and anniversary-badged racing wheels.

2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

The new Mustang Cobra Jet, which is available in Race Red or Oxford White, can be outfitted with exclusive 50th anniversary graphics and badging. Production is limited to 68 cars, in honour of the Cobra Jet’s 1968 debut, and customers can order it now at $130,000 US.