This all-electric prototype has 1,400 hp.
It may be a one-off prototype right now but what we're looking at has the potential to be the future of drag racing. Introducing the Ford Performance Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, an all-electric factory drag racer capable of smashing the quarter-mile somewhere in the low-8-second range and capable of a top speed in excess of 170 mph. With a total of more than 1,400 horsepower and 1,100 lb-ft of instant torque, Ford claims this thing is faster than the current Cobra Jet, which is powered by a heavily modified 5.2-liter supercharged V8.
To compare, that combustion-engined vehicle will do the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range and a top speed of 150 mph. Whoever said all-electric vehicles were boring?
"This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into," said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. "We saw the Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start developing electric powertrains in a race car package that we already had a lot of experience with, so we had performance benchmarks we wanted to match and beat right now. This has been a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports."
Ford Performance hasn't gone into great technical detail here, aside from its output and performance specs.
However, this working prototype is a clear-cut indicator the Blue Oval fully intends to become a major player in the all-electric vehicle business. The new Ford Mustang Mach-E is only the beginning. Although the sport of drag racing isn't going all-electric just yet, Ford says prototype testing will continue all the way until its global debut at a so far unannounced date at drag racing events. The idea is for fans and media to see the vehicle in-person, though that will be a challenge given today's circumstances.