• Oct 7, 2008
Click above for a high-res gallery of the Ford Mustang FR500CJ Cobra Jet

We first told you about Ford's new Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag car in June of 2007 and last week Ford posted a video on YouTube of a test session with the new car showing its stuff at Milan DragWay. Now we've received some fresh high-res pics of the Cobra Jet in our inbox from Ford. Last we heard Ford is only building 50 of these drag race specials all of which are powered by a blown 5.4-liter 32-valve V8 based on the GT500 motor. This engine has been breathed on a little more heavily then the GT500 and the car looks like it's been stripped down. With the usual drag combo of skinny front and fat rear tires, this Cobra looks like it might be a contender.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      wait.

      Mustang FR500CJ Cobra Jet

      so thats Ford Mustang Ford Racing 500 Cobra Jet Cobra Jet
      ...?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another week another whiner.
      Get over over it. At least say why you don't like the car if you are going to go through the trouble of posting. There's a million posts about mercedez variants, i hope you complain there to.

      I'll reserve my judgement on this car until i see the weight of it, and the timeslip.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That paint job is retro in a bad way. Some things should stay buried in the past. Otherwise I like the stripper looks, but it's too bad the functionality of the hood scoop really hurts the visual appeal. Lack of a rear wing is always a plus.

      Overall I'm not much for straight-line antics. I'd like to see a 'Stang modified for the twisties, maybe even with a (lighter) blown V6. Alternatively, it'd be nice if Ford offered a RWD lightweight for canyon carving.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bahh I thought they would have used the new 7.0L hurricane rather then the 5.4 truck motor for this special edition. 7.0L -700hp @ 7,000rpm even if detuned seems like a better option.

      Ford needs to stop all the special editions with the same old 4.6L or 5.4L engines. No more new special editions unless a different engine lies under the hood as it was back in the day. The mustang would not be what it is today in terms of history if ford had kept a 289 V8 in every model yet called them the Cobra Jet, GT350, GT500 etc. A different name means both more bark & bite, creating special edition names with the same old engine = all bark no bite.

      I remember when saleen introduced the S351R in 95-96, at least that beast sounded like something far different then the standard 4.6L mill.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Look folks this car is built to NHRA specs for Stock Eliminator class. It's not a street car.

        It had to approved by the NHRA and that's why it's a detuned supercharged 5.4 with 400 HP and not the 500 HP Shelby engine.

        You people need to read more and bitch less.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Instead of complaining, maybe people should appreciate the fact that Ford is putting forth the effort to showcase the Mustang in as many ways as possible. Factory involvement in projects such as this and the Challenger drag package, harken back to a glorious part of American automotive history. Just because drag racing may not be your first choice of automotive competition, doesn't mean others don't appreciate it.

      Would you rather manufacturers let vehicles wither on the vine and die or showcase them in various ways to appeal to as many customers as possible? There more they sell, the more likely the version you like best will stay or become available.
      • 6 Years Ago
      To all the complainers, given then choice to own "another lame Mustang variant" and your car, I'll choose the lame Mustang variant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This isn't a special edition. It's a race car. It's not street legal, and they're only making 50.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Smokin' pix, kind of sums up what this car can do.

      I'm wondering why we never see photos of this car negotiating tight and twisitng mountain roads, corners on a racing circuit, cutting chicanes and driving aggressively over the kerbs...
        • 6 Years Ago
        Brad, you forgot to mention the Championship Winning cars are identical chassis to the dealer bought versions, same suspension design, including the exact same "archaic" wagon solid rear axle.

        Mustang > M3, 997, 350Z, GTO and > all the loser class cars like Cobalt, Accord, RSX, TSX, civic and Z4
        • 6 Years Ago
        This was released yesterday:

        FORD MUSTANGS CLINCH ROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIPS IN NORTH AMERICA AND EUROPE

        http://forums.bradbarnett.net/showthread.php?t=473347
      • 6 Years Ago
      There are more than enough Mustang variants out there...but I like the looks of this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Another week. Another Mustang variant.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Make that 3 posts! Well, um, now 4!

        See what happens?
        • 6 Years Ago
        whatever
        • 6 Years Ago
        Another week, another useless post adding absolutely no value to the discussion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those cobra stickers and window louvers will look WICKED with my new mullet.
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