We expect more records to fall to EVs soon.
There can be no doubt left in anyone's mind about electric cars' performance capabilities. As we've seen countless times before, EVs have the ability to crush gas-powered cars in short sprints. Just take a car like the Tesla Model S, which can sprint to 60 mph in a claimed 1.99 seconds. Nothing can touch it short of the quickest ICE supercars.
As the technology behind EVs improves, we continue to see quarter-mile times drop too, and Ford is at the forefront of the electric drag racing scene with monsters like the Mustang Mach-E 1400 and ludicrous Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. We've previously seen these two EV race cars go head-to-head, with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 taking an easy win, and now we're happy to report that the Mustang has set a new NHRA record.
Nitro funny car driver Bob Tasca III piloted the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 to an incredible time of 8.128 seconds at 171.97 mph, destroying the previous record of 8.27 seconds at 168 mph set last year September by the same car. Tasca is no stranger to breaking records: back in 2007, he crushed the alcohol-fueled funny car record with a run of 5.451 seconds at 263 mph. The record-breaking run was made after Tasca ran an 8.201-second run at 169 mph, also well below the previous record.
The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is a bit of a sleeper. This all-electric drag machine produces around 100 more horses than its name suggests and features four PN-250-DZR inverters mated to a pair of DS-250-115s electric motors capable of spinning up to 10,000 rpm. This drag car was built in collaboration with Cascadia Motion and forms part of Ford's bold vision for an all-electric future. The performance sure is there, but as some fans have commented on social media, without the sound of a roaring engine and the smell of gas in the air, drag race events just aren't the same. We agree.