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Click above to view the first Cobra Jet coming off the assembly line

The name "Cobra Jet" may remind some of an unfortunate Sam Jackson film, but to Mustang and drag racing enthusiasts it refers to the latest addition to the pony-car family, the Mustang FR500CJ. The drag-racing version of the outgoing Mustang was unveiled at SEMA just a few months ago and is already rolling off the assembly line as the latest model in the Ford Racing line-up.

Featuring a modified 5.4-liter V8 with cold air induction, the Cobra Jet features stainless competition headers, upgraded rear axle and driveshaft, drag-optimized adjustable suspension, and unique wheels wrapped in slicks. Buyers can choose between a six-speed manual or three-speed automatic, and the interior is augmented by racing buckets and short-throw shifter (on the manual version). The vehicles, which receive unique VINs since they aren't street legal, are delivered in body-on-white, with louvered rear window panels. The package presents an affordable and straightforward racing platform for those seeking domination of the quarter-mile. Check it out in the galleries below.

[Source: Fuel Slut via WCF]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Is there a price sheet on this? Might be cheaper to go buy a v6, strip it down and do your own gt500 deal.
        • 6 Years Ago
        These 50 cars (Ford built) are approved by NHRA for their class. Any car you build would not be.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You can also buy a body in white from the Ford Racing catalogue with a legal cage already in it for the price of a V6.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. Or better yet, get a 2-3year old V6 rental for 7-9k and strip it down. All the parts needed/worth keeping won't be drivetrain, interior or electrical anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I believe that the price is about 70K. So obviously, you can go racing for much less than that by building your own car from a standard Mustang.

        The point of this car was not to provide a cost effective vehicle for the racing masses. Racers are among the most diehard enthusiasts that there are, those with money are going to pay a premium for special vehicles for the same reason that anyone that buys more vehicle than they need. Emotion.
      • 6 Years Ago
      really? i thought for sure someone by now would make a massively ill-informed comment about it only having a 3-speed automatic.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's correct, tjon...this car was built to be legal for a certain class, hence, why it's not supercharged out the ass, and it doesn't have 750 HP, like it's capable of.

      I'm just waiting for the first person to come in here and bash it for only have a three-speed automatic instead of a seven-speed, or something like that. OMGSOLIDREARAXLEWTFWTFWTFPORSCHEBMWINDEPENDENTREARENDBS.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I was thinking of bashing more in the line of:

        Why are they building this??? Shouldn't they be making cars that appeal to the mass public like a Focus that gets 100 miles to the gallon?? You don't see [Insert Japanese company name] wasting money on things like these. No wonder Ford is going under!!11
        • 6 Years Ago
        gah! this wasn't here when i made my comment. i swear!
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh, it's easier than that. Ford Mustang Cobra Jet? WTF? Do you get a free GI Joe action figure with that?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Why would Ford build this car?

      Because if they charged $70k for it, profit would be around $50k. Body-in-White cars have defects that either do not meet Ford's standards or do not match the specs required to give it a title and enable registration. So instead of trashing the frame & chassis, they can at least get some money for it.

      Who would buy this car?

      A TOTAL MORON. If no title or no registration is fine by you, you'll have plenty of opportunities to find a salvaged titled car and pick it up on the cheap. One you have it, you can probably make $2k-$5k parting out the pieces you don't need therefore making the cost of a 2005 car around $5k. Gutting the interior, buying the go-fast parts and installing the cage would probably run you $30k installed. Oh....don't forget the $20 you would need for the NHRA handbook that shows you the specs needed to build your car for whichever class you plan on racing in.

      This is as bad as it gets! The GT-500 is a bad buy too, but at least you can drive it on the streets, insure it, have a warranty and resell it if you chose to.....and it looks good.

        • 6 Years Ago
        So that's why they fully weld all of the seams on these FR shells... cause they couldn't meet the "higher" specs... got it. Might actually explain that huge gap around the hood lol :)

        I will agree though 70k is outrageous for this when you could technically start with a nice (used) GT and have this car (more or less) for 40k.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sean S

      You miss quite a few obvious points

      1. The mustang platform & production line already exists. No retooling necessary to produce this special version.

      2. This car is in essence stripped down meaning slightly lower cost to build.

      3. This car is limited in overall production numbers, I think less then a few hundred.

      4. This car sells for a higher price then a regular mustang, racing teams/individuals will purchase this track only car, not avg joe who commutes 80 miles per day.

      5. Overall no significant resources are expended by turning out a stripped down, non street legal mustang that will never see warranty repairs, recall issues etc..

      6. Environmentally speaking, the cars are not daily driven, they are towed to the track and see use on weekends and a few weekday tune sessions. The manufacturing process & supply chain for Prius batteries do more harm to the environment then these few hundred track cars.

      This is motorsports, it may downsize from the economy but will never go away. Face that fact. Even if this country went 100% EV, you will see aftermarket electric motors, batteries, charging tech and racing.
      • 6 Years Ago
      So... How does it handle the corners?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Way to pull that comment out of the toilet.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Oh come on now... who gave me the low rating?

        What... can't a fellow (old) Mustang Owner make a joke?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Check out picture #6 - (all of the body-in-white shells w/ #1 FR500CJ display)

      What's all the way in the back on the left with the hood up?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nice eye! It's a Pursuit or F6. Are those for US sale too??? Please

        • 6 Years Ago
        I wish it was an F6 or Pursuit (logged a few hours on the Ford.au and FPV site myself - left weeping and went out in the garage to try and find consolation with my `06 Mustang GT), but note the Pursuit has a cab/bed config and whatever that is in the pic is unibody...
        Is it an older bodystyle maybe? Cab looks boxier and a little more compact...
        I just know enough to get me in trouble and piss the people off that really know lol ;)
        • 6 Years Ago

        I think I found it, 1998 HSV Maloo III (note the handle shape and the unibody)
        • 6 Years Ago
        Too many Joe's on this thread ;)

        Moy, Next Question:
        Why would there be a Holden vehicle in the Ford Racing garage ??

        Let's see, this has steel wheels on it, looks like an old Holden... and the hood is up. And there's something that looks like an older F-150 in front of it to the left.

        I love these "behind the curtains" photos. Gets the ticker tickin'
        I think I'd give my left nut to be on the FRP payroll ;)
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