• Dec 9, 2010
2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet - Click above for high-res image gallery

Last week it was leaked that Ford would be bringing its purpose-built drag racer, the Cobra Jet, back for another year in 2012. Today Ford made it official by revealing the car at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Florida alongside its road racing brother, the Boss 302S.

After getting an upgrade in 2010, the Cobra Jet is getting revised once again for 2012 with an updated version of the supercharged 5.4-liter V8 and modified suspension, low-drag racing brakes, new black anodized wheels and a stickier set of Goodyear racing slicks. Three colors will be offered – Race Red, Grabber Blue and Winner White – and just 50 will be available from the Ford Racing catalog. Pricing starts at $91,990 with a fully loaded Cobra Jet coming in at $103,980. Follow the jump for the press release.



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Since its legendary introduction at the NHRA Winternationals in 1968, Ford's Cobra Jet Mustang has created a legacy of power, performance and triumph that has carried through the decades.

In 2008, Ford Racing unveiled the 40th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang, which promptly lived up to the legend of the original version, duplicating the NHRA Winternationals victory in its inaugural race. The subsequent 2010 Cobra Jet, built on the 2010 Mustang platform, has been setting class records and is competitive at drag strips across the country.

Today, Ford Racing unveiled the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Fla., and announced the intention to build fifty 50 turn-key 2012 CJ's. For the first time the Cobra Jet will be available in three color options – Race Red, Grabber Blue and Winner White -- and coordinated graphics.

"Ford Racing is proud to build the 2012 Cobra Jet and continue the tradition of delivering turn-key competitive race cars to Ford drag racing enthusiasts," said George Goddu, Business Manager Ford Racing Performance Group. "With every Cobra Jet build we strive to carry the spirit of the original Cobra Jet while developing the next generation of drag racing icon. The enthusiast who races the 2012 Cobra Jet can be competitive at virtually any event, from their local track up through NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes."

For decades, the Mustang has been the preeminent car in many forms of racing, including drag racing. The 2008 and 2010 Cobra Jet Mustang added to that legacy with high- profile wins at the NHRA Winternationals and U.S. Nationals, and by setting numerous Stock and Super Stock class records across the country.
The goal for the 2012 Cobra Jet is to build a turn-key race car ready to take its own place in NHRA history. Like its predecessors in 2008 and 2010 it's a factory-built race car intended for NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing that can also be campaigned in other racing sanctioning bodies such as NMRA, NMCA, PSCA and IHRA. The 2012 CJ will come with all of the features of the 2010 car including a full race-prepared automatic transmission, drag race-specific shocks and springs, manual steering and brakes, 8.50 certified rollcage, and an Aeromotive return-style fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell.
For 2012, the Cobra Jet features a 5.4L supercharged engine based on the 2011 SVT Mustang with two supercharger options, a 2.3 liter TVS unit or a 4.0 liter Ford Racing Whipple supercharger. Each vehicle has an aluminum block engine, standard automatic transmission, double keyed crankshaft, Manley H-beam connecting rods, low-drag racing brakes and optimized spring rates for the front and rear. Additionally the Cobra Jet will feature black anodized Cobra Jet wheels from Weld Racing and a new compound tire with unique Cobra Jet branding from Goodyear.
Like Ford Racing's Mustang FR500S and the 2010 Cobra Jet, this ready to race Mustang will get its start at the Auto Alliance International (AAI) assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. in the first quarter of 2011. The entire 50-car run of 2012 Cobra Jets will be built on the same production line that produces the 2012 Ford Mustang production car.

The MSRP for the M-FR500-CJ is $91,900 with a fully loaded Cobra Jet priced at $103,980.
For racers that want to build their own cars, there is a Mustang Competition Roller based on the Cobra Jet that is serialized and complete, minus the power train. The third option would be to start with a Mustang Body-In-White or a donor car since nearly all of the CJ components can be found in the Ford Performance Parts catalog found online at fordracingparts.com.
The limited production 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang is available on a first come order, first delivered basis through Ford dealers.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      omfg. Words fail me
      • 4 Years Ago
      Awesome....but the old guys racing NHRA stocker classes HATE these new drag cars from Dodge and Ford.

      Case in point http://classracer.com/classforum/showthread.php?t=30151
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, I've raced on the same tracks as Garlits, almost got killed too.
        I had a choice, could keep racing & die or do something new & live to talk about it....Al-
        • 4 Years Ago
        Don Garlits has a challenger drag car. You can't get any bigger name than that. He has been around drag racing longer than most fans have been. I would not say that the older generation does not like the newe drag cars.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hey Elmo, look, another version! lol
        • 4 Years Ago
        Look, you're being a moron again...

        That's only 7 trim levels, by the way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice, very similar prices to the Challenger Drag pack tho the Challenger will be cheaper overall. Glad to see factory support of there current model drag cars. This will make for some interesting/fun drag racing this year!
      http://www.autoblog.com/2010/10/01/2011-mopar-challenger-drag-pak-unveiled-with-viper-v10-power/
      • 4 Years Ago
      Does it carry the Ford 36.100K mile warrenty? That would be a lot of trips down the strip. LOL Just kidding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not...Please if you don't have something half way intelligent to say go back to your room and play with your coloring books!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      The first picture is just a photoshopped image of the 2010 Cobra jet.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Thank you, Capt. Obvious...
      • 4 Years Ago
      $100k is a damn good deal for a 8 second certified NHRA licensed drag car.

      race teams would spend way more money building their own car.

      anyone saying this car is a rip off or unneeded obviously has no clue how much money goes into a drag car. These cars will sell out before they are even built.
      • 4 Years Ago
      100k isnt that bad, Imagine what a Top Fuel or a Pro Stock costs. Probably run at least 50k just for the motors that crank out 7-8000 ponies.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ford should sponsor Oprahs "Mustang of the Month" club.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Maybe you could transport yourself to Uranus.
        • 4 Years Ago
        So, I built a physics laboratory & I'm the top astrophysicist. Right now I'm working with the new particle I discovered in 2,002 - the graviton. I can make a race car go faster than anyone on earth....Alfred Schrader 2,010
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure Ford knows better than I do, but am I the only one who thinks it's strange to spend $100k on something only for drag racing?

      I guess I'm biased though since I've always considered drag racing to be lesser than racing on a race track. I'm definitely not saying it's easy or anything, and maybe I just haven't been exposed, but I can't really imagine someone who does drag racing to be able to spend that much money. Of course, I'm sure I have a lot to learn..
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your first sentence does not really make sense..?

        But that's definitely interesting. I suppose I ought to go to one of these events at least once then. I never imagined people could spend so much on drag racing.

        Where does the money go exactly? When I think of drag racing I just think of muscle cars and V8's. Clearly I have much to learn
        • 4 Years Ago
        Go hang out at the drag strip for a few weekends or get wild and go to a NHRA event - you'll be amazed at how much goes into setting up a good car.
        • 4 Years Ago
        To understand how wrong you are would require the attention and effort that special needs children typically need. $100K is nothing to build a well sorted car for a sanctioned drag racing series. $100K could be the cost of a roller chassis without a drivetrain.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh wonderful, more versions of utter crap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        "Utter crap" ? How'd you come to that? Explain please.
        • 4 Years Ago
        By utter crap, you mean excellent, fun to own cars that have quickly shown that a domestic car company can put their money where their mouth is?

        Considering the 2011 5.0L and the Boss 302 are being compared against the BMW M3 and are constantly favorites in reviews, it's being demonstrated that Ford is turning into a very competitive car company.

        I wasn't even a fan of Ford, but nobody deny the leaps and bounds they are making now.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Nope, cant expect W-T-F to extrapolate on his intelligent statement, he used up his vocabulary on that one! Probably out polishing the fart can on his own piece of utter crap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Come back when you have added a few more decals, a body kit, a fart cannon, and some tight rims on your 95' Civic, then we can talk!!
        • 4 Years Ago
        dare i ask where that conclusion came from?
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