When the original Cobra Jet debuted at the 1968 Winternational’s it ushered in a new era of production-based drag racing that grew the sport and led to Bob Tasca coining the phrase “win on Sunday, sell on Monday”. This production-based philosophy led to the return of the Cobra Jet in 2008, and has proven successful with 2010, 2012 and 2013 Cobra Jet programs delivering previously unheard of performance at race tracks around the country.
Wrapped in our global Ford Racing colors, the Twin Turbo Cobra Jet Concept mates the capability of the 5.0L TiVCT engine with the technology of Ford’s turbocharger programs to create a vehicle capable of championship level performance to give our racers the winning edge. With more NHRA records and wins than any other late-model vehicle, the Cobra Jet is the standard in production drag racing and the Twin Turbo concept provides a glimpse of what the future may hold through Ford Racing.
This new 5.0L packs a pair of Borg Warner turbochargers that help this to be one of the fastest Cobra Jet Mustangs ever. Mustang has turned out quarter-mile times in the high 8 second range. Numbers like that would allow the Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet with the new turbo setup to be among the absolute quickest factory drag packages among the Detroit Big 3.
Others may build race cars, at Ford Racing we engineer a Cobra Jet.
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The previously employed supercharger used as much as 100 hp at high boost levels, essentially stealing some power from accelerating the car, which has been fixed according to Ford. “To overcome the biggest perceived drawback of turbocharging – the lag – we’ve selected the smallest possible turbos that will give us the airflow we need,” said Turbo engineer Dave Born. “ We’ve also got some other enhancements to help improve the responsiveness; we have very low inertia and very low internal friction.”
“When a new generation of Cobra Jets arrived four decades later, they immediately began winning with a modern, fuel-injected 5.4-liter V8 topped with a belt-driven supercharger,” recalls Jesse Kershaw, Ford drag racing competition manager. “Over the past four years, the Cobra Jet has gone on to become both a fan and competitor favorite, the most successful late-model vehicle in drag racing.”
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