Ford's 1,400-HP Electric Mustang Clocks 8-Second Quarter-Mile

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And it makes substantially more power than projected.

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 - one of two high-powered pure-electric Mustangs the Blue Oval has revealed during the course of 2020 - is a battery-powered drag car of the future. Unveiled last April, the Cobra Jet 1400 was billed as being even quicker down the quarter-mile drag strip than Ford's real, actual racing-bred Mustang Cobra Jet. That car is no slouch, being endowed with a heavily modified, supercharged 5.2L V8.

But the one-off Cobra Jet 1400 puts it to shame, even managing to shatter Ford's expectations with regard to total power output. The "1400" in the name? That's a reference to Ford's targeted peak "crank" horsepower for the car.

In actual fact, Ford says, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 has been measured at 1,502 horsepower at the wheels, after drivetrain losses (which, admittedly, are likely pretty minimal in an EV). Thrust is provided by a set of four Cascadia Motion dual-stack motors, each rated at up to 350 kW (470 hp) and capable of turning at up to 11,000 rpm, with a pair of Cascadia inverters. The system uses 800-volt power, similar to Porsche's new Taycan electric sports sedan.

Controlling the electric Ford Mustang's powertrain is a highly advanced data and control system developed jointly by Ford Performance and AEM-EV, with a unique control algorithm written specifically for the car.

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The result of all that is a blisteringly quick 8.27-second quarter-mile at 168 miles per hour, according to Ford. Then again, we'd expect no less, given private Tesla owners' successes at the drag strip and the near-instantaneous torque provided by today's automotive electric motors.

And as impressive as it is, Mark Rushbrook, Global Director of Ford Performance Motorsports, says the company is "just scratching the surface of what we may be able to achieve" with that package.

"It's been a great but challenging project for all of us at Ford Performance," Rushbrook says. "The opportunities to learn with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, as well as the Mustang Mach-E 1400 we recently introduced, gives us great insight into what may be possible in high-performance all-electric vehicles for Ford going forward. We are very interested in continuing to work with NHRA to determine how electrification can be part of the sport and to show off the Cobra Jet 1400 at max power in due course as regulations develop."

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