Mustang Super Cobra Jet Is An 1,800-HP Quarter-Mile Hunting EV

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And it wants to smash records.

Ford Performance has officially introduced the Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800, an updated version of its electric-powered drag race car, to break the world record for full-bodied electric vehicles in the quarter-mile.

The current record is held by the already fearsome Cobra Jet 1400, which went the distance in 8.128 seconds at 171.97 miles per hour in June of 2021 with Bob Tasca III in the cockpit.

The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 was built as a collaboration between Ford Performance, MLe Racecars, AEM-EV, Cascadia Motion, and Watson Engineering. Following the success of this vehicle, the Ford Performance team dedicated itself to making revisions and upgrades to the chassis, powertrain, and control systems with the aim of a record-breaking run.

While 8.128 seconds is fast as hell, the Top Fuel Dragster record is under 3.5 seconds. Weight is likely the most significant enemy here.


The Super Cobra Jet name was first used in 1969 for a line of high-performance Ford Mustang road cars and was brought back again for this revision. However, this time, MLe Racecar's co-founder and official program test driver Pat McCue will be behind the wheel, with prior experience in the Cobra Jet 1400. The '1400' suffix in the original electric racer represented the 1,400 horsepower produced, meaning this version sends 1,800 hp to the rear wheels.

The Super Cobra Jet 1800 uses the same four PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to two double-stacked DS-250-115 motor pairings as before but now has a new Liberty transmission and a lighter-weight battery system designed by Ford Performance and MLe Racecars.

Power is sent to an MLe Racecars-revised rear end featuring improved suspension geometry from PMR and even larger Mickey Thompson drag radials to optimize launches - and man, will those tires need to be sticky because the torque generated by the electric drivetrain is instantaneous.


The Super Cobra Jet 1800 will also chase records for the fastest electric vehicle and fastest two-wheel drive electric vehicle to perform 0-60 mph during an NHRA event later this season.

"Our changes have made significant improvements to the car, including removing hundreds of pounds in weight and increasing [the] horsepower to 1800," said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports. "We're always looking to push ourselves in every corner of the motorsport world. Drag racing remains a key proving ground for our products and technology, and we're excited not only to try to beat our own record in the quarter-mile but also to showcase the ongoing development we are making across the entire electric vehicle landscape."


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