2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet – Click above for high-res image gallery
built a 50-unit run of the 2008 Mustang
Cobra Jet last year, the program was a huge success with all the cars selling out well before production started. With the factory-built drag racing cars easily proving their worth at the nation's 1/4 mile tracks this year, doing a follow-up was a no brainer. After teasing the new car
with testing photos and videos
for the last several months, the 2010 FR500CJ is having its coming out party in Las Vegas for the 2009 SEMA Show
The next 50-unit run will again be built on the regular Mustang assembly line at the Auto Alliance plant in Flat Rock, MI with the engines
being bolted together at the Romeo engine plant. The 2010 model is more than just bolting the same hardware into an updated body shell. A year's worth of experience with the '08 Cobra Jet
has allowed current owners to share feedback with Ford Racing that has been fed into the updated car.
We managed to grab some photos of the 2010 Cobra Jet on the show floor just ahead of its official live debut tomorrow, so check out both the official and live photos below or read on to learn about the updates for the new model.
Live photos Copyright ©2009 Drew Phillips / Weblogs, Inc.
The new FR500CJ will again be rolling out of Flat Rock a with supercharged 5.4-liter V8 calibrated to and rated at 475 horsepower. However, not all new Cobra Jets will be created equal. The base CJ retains the same cast iron block used on the GT500 and '08 CJ. Buyers that have opted for the new Super Cobra Jet engine will get a lighter aluminum block. But wait, there's more! The Super Cobra Jet loses the 2.3-liter supercharger used on the '08 and the '10 base model in favor of a 4-liter Whipple blower. That means the car will have a significantly higher potential output than the base model. All the engines also get higher lift cams and compression increased to 9.6:1 .
All 2010 Cobra Jets get a variety of other upgrades, as well. The fuel system
is an Aeromotive return type system with a fuel cell
in the trunk. The intercooler
coolant tank has been changed from plastic to a fabricated aluminum with a higher capacity to better withstand pressurization. Because drag racing cars often end up spending extended times sitting in staging lanes, Ford has also added fans to the intercooler to help keep temperatures under control. All cars now also get a line lock from the factory to disable the rear brakes for burnouts.
The new Cobra Jet's chrome-moly steel roll cage is certified by the NHRA for its SuperStock B class and 8.5-second quarter-mile runs. A full set of instrumentation and racing safety harnesses are installed in every car. Because these are strictly off-road machines, Ford has made several modifications to ease serviceability for the crews, as well. Behind the glove box cover is a fuse panel with many of the most frequently used fuses. A second panel sits behind the cover that normally covers the passenger air bag
. Also in the air bag cavity is a connector for connecting a laptop so crews can do tuning in the paddock or staging lanes. That air bag cover is velcroed in place for easy access.
All 50 of the 2010 Cobra Jets were spoken for several months ago. The base price was $77,000 maxing out at $95,000 with all options including the aluminum engine. However, drag racers who were not among the first 50 can still get a Cobra Jet, it will just take more work. Starting with the newly available body in white, racers can build their own Cobra Jet. All of the parts that make up a CJ are available from the Ford Racing catalog so you can assemble your own. The silver car shown in the photos is a one of a kind unit prepped for the car's SEMA
debut. The customer cars will again all be white and the same red, white and blue cobra graphics are optional.