One-off all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 dragster unveiled

Ford’s Mustang-based drag racer prototype features a 1,400bhp electric powertrain – and it can cover the quarter-mile in eight seconds

This is the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. It’s the American brand’s first factory-developed, EV dragster prototype, built to showcase the capabilities of Ford’s electric powertrains. The car shown in these images is still undergoing development, but we expect the finished product will make an appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas later this year.

Ford’s claimed performance figures are impressive. There’s a single (but rather large) electric motor mounted up front, which produces 1,400bhp and almost 1,500Nm of torque. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a sequential transmission – all of which allows the electric Cobra Jet to cross the quarter mile mark in just eight seconds at more than 170mph.

The usual suite of drag car chassis upgrades also feature. Ford has fitted the Cobra Jet with a full roll-cage, beefier suspension, uprated brakes and a pair of enormous Mickey Thompson rear tyres. There’s also a parachute system (as found on a Top Fuel dragster), which helps to slow the car at the end of the track, as well as a wheelie-bar, which prevents the car from flipping over after launching from the start line.

Ford’s new all-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 also pays homage to the brand’s original factory-developed drag-racer – the 1968 Mustang 428 Cobra Jet. That was powered by a carbureted 7.0-litre V8 engine which produced upwards of 400bhp; although Ford rated it at around 330bhp in an effort to pacify insurance companies and fool dragstrip regulators.

Dave Pericak, Global Director for Ford Icons, said: “Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation. Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”

What do you make of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400? Let us know in the comments section below…

Recommended

'Judging by 2020's stats, demand for EVs is growing'
Opinion - electric cars
Opinion

'Judging by 2020's stats, demand for EVs is growing'

Steve Fowler finds some positive all-electric figures from a year of sales doom and gloom
13 Jan 2021
‘Your car may not be the most efficient tool for your new, lower-mileage life’
Opinion

‘Your car may not be the most efficient tool for your new, lower-mileage life’

Mike Rutherford thinks now is the perfect time to re-evaluate your modes of transport
20 Dec 2020
Pester power from kids pushes parents towards electric cars
News

Pester power from kids pushes parents towards electric cars

More than half of UK children want their parents to make the switch to an electrified car
27 Oct 2020
Government should place 15% EV quota on car manufacturers, campaigners say
Electric cars

Government should place 15% EV quota on car manufacturers, campaigners say

Global Action Plan and FIA Foundation claim 59 per cent of two-car families could run an electric car without any hindrance
17 Aug 2020

Most Popular

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed
Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept
News

Electric Nissan e-NV200 Winter Camper concept revealed

All-electric campervan features a built-in kitchen, a folding bed and a power pack that can be recharged using a roof-mounted solar panel
21 Jan 2021
Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior
Abarth 595 2021 - main
Abarth 500

Updated Abarth 595 range launched with fresh interior

Subtle styling tweaks and a more emissions-friendly engine range for revised Abarth 595
22 Jan 2021
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90
BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90 - main
Car group tests

BMW 5 Series vs Audi A6 vs Volvo S90

Can plug-in hybrid power create a clear winner out of the BMW 5 Series, Audi A6 or Volvo S90
23 Jan 2021