• Jun 15th 2008 at 10:22AM
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1968 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Ford has a long history of creating factory-built racers based on its regular production cars. Over the past four decades, most of those have have been derived from the Mustang. Since the mid-90s, that has included several runs of Cobra Rs, and today, a couple of variants of the FR500. Later this summer, Ford will revive another Mustang variant from the first generation when the Cobra Jet is reborn. The original Cobra Jet was built as a drag racing special with a high-torque long-stroke 428 cu. in. V8. Forty years later, Ford will be building a new Cobra Jet this summer.

The new Cobra Jet will be powered by a supercharged 5.4L 32-valve V8 based on the GT500 engine. The Cobra Jet engine will be built on the same niche engine line as the GT500 and will have plenty of capacity for modifications by racers. (note: post edited at the request of the manufacturer) Ford is only planning to build 50 new Cobra Jets at the behest of a handful of dealers, who may end up buying all the cars and then re-selling them. The new drag racing specials are expected to be priced at $69,900.

[Source: Ford]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      Add yet another "special" mustang to the list..
      • 7 Years Ago

      This is different than a Shelby GT500 how, exactly?

      retro style - check
      live axle - check
      supercharged 5.4 - check
      hard plastic interior - check
      few actual amenities - check
      outrageous price for what you get - check

      oh... a slightly different supercharger, and DE-tuned. Whoopie.

      This makes almost less sense than a GT500KR.

      But yet, they still want to kill Mercury, because there is NO WAY they could possibly re-body and re-dress the interior as a modern looking and feeling car like a Cougar, Capri, or whatever else they might want to call it... with a modern rear suspension that can actually handle real world driving on less than track-smooth streets.

      Nah... tens of thousands of people would actually buy that (if properly done), instead of say, a G37 coupe.

      Not to mention that they might want to build a RWD SPORT SEDAN, for people who have use for more than two doors, Mustang or otherwise.

      But lets concentrate effort, energy, and management resources on a 50-unit drag-special that is no more than a pre-market modification, rather than an aftermarket modification.

      Dumb move, not bold move.
        • 7 Years Ago
        There are Mustangs for everybody--not just roadracers. It's everyman's performance car--and does it all well. It would take the rest of the afternoon to list all the championships won in Mustangs and the rest of the year plus some to list all the races won in Mustangs. There are reasons over nine million of them have been sold!

        Greg "Eights" Ates
        • 7 Years Ago
        "This is different than a Shelby GT500 how, exactly?"

        Ford Racing Part Number: M-FR500-CJ

        Program Intent:
        Provide a Mustang that is a true A Stock competitor
        50 units initial build
        Off-road only (VIN replaced by serial number)
        Estimated pricing, $64,990 WD, $69,990 MSRP
        Model Year 2008 designation
        Build in December 2008, vehicles delivered February 2009
        Vehicle Content:
        400 hp (est.) 5.4L DOHC supercharged engine
        6-speed manual transmission standard; optional automatic TBD
        NHRA legal to 10.00 sec ETs
        NHRA Stock Eliminator legal interior
        Lightweight - 3,300 lbs (est.)
        Unique trim and appearance package
        Drag race wheel/tire combination
        Cobra Jet graphics package
        Vehicle orders should be placed with the Ford Racing warehouse at 1-800-367-3786
        Priority delivery will be given to orders of multiple vehicles
        This order is a placeholder; dealers will not be billed until delivery of the vehicle to the dealer
        An "off-road only" competition release will be required prior to delivery of a Cobra Jet to the dealer
        Only 50 units are under consideration for 2008, so dealers are encouraged to submit their orders before June 30. Delivery will be prioritized based on order entry date.
      • 7 Years Ago

      What is the market for something like this....Oh yeah. Stupid people with too much money.
      • 7 Years Ago
      with production numbers that small, i doubt any will ever even see a dragstrip. A shame, really...
      • 7 Years Ago
      This suggest that the Mustang can be more than a dragster.

      I don't think you can do more than that when you shoe laces are tied together.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Factory drag racer? Let me guess, THIS one will have IRS.
        • 7 Years Ago
        I know, I own a GTO, I was being sarcastic. You know, Ford puts an SRA on the street car and IRS on the drag car, get it?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I think that's what he meant- because it's idiotic to have a live axle on the standard car, they'll probably be equally dumb with the drag version.
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