Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 Is Hunting NHRA World Records

Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 Is Hunting NHRA World Records

Ford Performance has revealed the 1800-hp Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800, which aims to chase

  • Ford Performance has revealed the 1800-hp Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800, which aims to chase down NHRA world records.
  • The Super Cobra Jet 1800 is a revised version of the 1400-hp Mustang Cobra Jet 1400.
  • That old car holds a class-specific world record in the quarter-mile, recording 8.128 seconds at 171.97 mph.

Ford Performance just revealed the Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 electric prototype. The Super Cobra Jet 1800 is a revised version of Ford’s first draft—the 1400-hp Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype from a few years ago. The only things crazier than the new car’s 1800 horsepower are the NHRA world records it’s targeting.

The Mustang Cobra Super Jet 1800 aims to beat the 1400’s quarter-mile run of 8.128 seconds at 171.97 mph, which was recorded in June 2021. Additionally, the 1800 is going after a new full-bodied, electric-vehicle record for fastest EV from zero to 60 mph and fastest two-wheel-drive EV from zero to 60 mph during an NHRA event later this season.

ford performance mustang super cobra jet 1800 prototype

Ford Performance

Compared with the Cobra Jet 1400, the 1800’s additional 400 horsepower comes from the same inverters and motor pairings as before, which are now attached to a new transmission from Liberty. The Super Cobra Jet 1800 also features a redone battery system, revised rear-end setup as well as fresh control and data gathering systems.

There’s also an entirely redone, lighter-weight battery system designed by Ford Performance and MLe Racecars. Power is sent to an MLe Racecars-revised rear end with improved suspension geometry from PMR and a new set of larger Mickey Thompson drag radials to help launch the car.

“Our changes have made significant improvements to the car, including removing hundreds of pounds in weight and increasing horsepower to 1800,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.

Ford Mustang purists may be angered to see yet another electric model bearing the beloved title, but make no mistake, the Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 is an apex predator looking to hunt down a few world records.

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After a brief stint as a detailer for a local dealership group in college, he knew he needed a more permanent way to drive all the new cars he couldn’t afford and decided to pursue a career in auto writing. By hounding his college professors at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, he was able to travel Wisconsin seeking out stories in the auto world before landing his dream job at Car and Driver. His new goal is to delay the inevitable demise of his 2010 Volkswagen Golf.