The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 50th is an eight-second auto

Judy Cobb
August 19, 2018

Ford says the Cobra Jet can cover the quarter mile in the mid-eight-second range.

Just 68 will be made - marking the 1968 introduction of the original Mustang Cobra Jet - and you've a choice of red or white paint, both festooned with graphics.

The vehicle was unveiled Thursday in the Detroit suburb of Royal Oak as part of the lead-up to this weekend's anuual Woodward Dream Cruise. The very first Cobra Jet Mustang rolled off the assembly line back in 1968 and this special 50 anniversary edition will debut at the 2018 Woodward Dream Cruise this weekend.

The Cobra Jet is fully prepped for the task at hand, coming complete with an NHRA-certified safety roll cage, FIA-certified seats, and anniversary-badged racing wheels. And unlike the Dodge Demon, it cares not for the sanitisation that comes with being "road legal". After its appearance on Mustang Alley, the latest model will appear with approximately 150 other Cobra Jets at the NMCA's 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park in Norwalk, Ohio.

Ford Performance Engineering Manager Dave Born says a lot of the features on the Cobra Jet are particularly exciting to him, from the 3.0-litre Whipple supercharger mounted to the 5.2-litre engine, down to the low-resistance brakes and improved dampers. Customers can order now at an MSRP of $130,000. Ford expects the cars to be purchased by "gentleman racers" - read: wealthy enthusiasts who like to go drag racing on weekends and want a specially built vehicle to do it in.

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Unlike the regular Ford Mustang, which is equipped with 10-speed automatic transmission and independent rear suspension, dragony Cobra Jet is equipped with a tri-band racing automatic transmission, solid rear axle, four-link suspension with stabilizer bar and Panhard rod, and adjustable dampers.

Ford also released a short video for the Mustang Cobra Jet roaring at the launch event.

The 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet is a limited-edition turnkey race auto that honors the 50th anniversary of the original.

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