Ford might be stepping away from the NHRA, but it isn't abandoning drag racing altogether. Hot Rod says that Ford confirmed a next-gen Cobra Jet factory drag racer is in the works, but the report also speculates that a new Cobra Jet could switch away from the Mustang nameplate.

Even though talk of a new Cobra Jet coincides with the all-new 2015 Mustang, the lack of confirmation for the dragster's platform leaves Hot Rod to guess that the car might switch to another platform – specifically a front-drive-based, unibody car like the Fusion or Taurus. We'd hate to think of a world with a NASCAR-ized dragster from Ford Racing, but it's also highly unlikely that the Mustang Cobra Jet would step away from its quarter-mile rivals like the Chevy COPO Camaro and Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.


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      John
      • 1 Year Ago
      F-150 Based Cobra Jet along side of the Mustang would be pretty awesome.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      That would be crazy stupid. Perhaps they are adding a Cobra Jet model rather than replacing the Mustang. It would be intriguing to see a seriously overpowered Fiesta, maybe with a turbo'd V6 shoehorned into the back. SHOGUN!
      jonnybimmer
      • 1 Year Ago
      Switch from the Mustang to a Fusion or Taurus? Unless they're considering the SHO, I think they'd be making a big mistake. But if they're are considering a Cobra Jet Taurus SHO, THAT would be very interesting to see.
      11fiveoh
      • 1 Year Ago
      To switch the cobra jet to one of those senior mobiles would be a crime.
      sp33dklz
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't watch much drag racing, especially at the professional level. Who buys these cars? Is this the equivalent to a Porsche GT3 in GT racing?
        Matt
        • 1 Year Ago
        @sp33dklz
        The 911 GT3 is still a road legal car, the 911 GT3RSR would be the Cobra Jet's analogue.
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        @sp33dklz
        More like the GT3 Cup model as neither cars are street legal. These are intended for those who want to compete in the NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes. Personally, I've never seen them raced either, but I got to inspect one in person and trust me, this is a long way from a street Mustang with some bolt-ons. They really are race cars. When you consider the amount of money someone would need to invest to take a brand new street Mustang and turn it into this (like taking a brand new GT3 and turning it into a GT3 Cup car), then they really make a lot of sense financially speaking. So to answer that question, the buyers are likely similar to that for GT3 Cup buyers; gentlemen racers and small private teams.
          jonnybimmer
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          @jonnybimmer
          Yes, Ford does offer GT race cars, but technically, none of the current factory options are on par with Porsche's cars in terms of pricing and class. The GT3 Cup car is priced at $244,837 and competes in either FIA GT3 or GT class for the Pirelli World Challenge (Mustang is used in the class below, GTS). Ford used to offer the Ford GT GT3 (and there was one lone team that used a Mustang back in 2010), but currently Ford doesn't have anything at the same level. The RSR is at a different league altogether, priced around $675,000 (I think) and competing in FIA GT1. Again, I think Ford's GT used to compete in this class as well, but since then Ford has yet to offer any other factory option for this caliber of racing. It'd be exciting if they did, though personally I don't think the Mustang has the potential to ever successfully compete against the seasoned 911, 458 and Vette teams.
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          marv.shocker
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          Actually, these cars are built for Stock Eliminator and Super Stock--and these classes DO require a stock body shell. Hood scoops and wheel well mods (to accommodate larger slicks) are okay...but that's it. You can't rake the windshield, chop the top, etc like you can in Pro Stock, Pro Mod, etc.
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      marv.shocker
      • 1 Year Ago
      "We'd hate to think of a world with a NASCAR-ized dragster from Ford Racing..." Dude...WTF are you talking about?
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      Timothy Neal Templet
      Maybe the name "Cobra Jet" is replacing the name "Shelby GT500." If you stop and think about it there is not any Mustang branding logos on a Shelby GT500, even though it is really a Mustang. With this in mind, he next Mustang super car could easily be called simply "Cobra Jet," and there is a heck of a lot of clout in that name.
      Scooter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Fusion, durr.
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