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The 2018 Cobra Jet Is Right Around The Corner & It’s The Wildest Factory Muscle Car yet!

HOT ROD logo HOT ROD 4/18/2018 Henry De Los Santos
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Cobra Jet Mustangs are what legends are made of and it was fifty years ago, the original factory muscle took to the staging lanes at dragstrips everywhere, and along with the resulting wins, an automotive icon was born. Now comes the return of the Mustang Cobra Jet dragstrip race car by Ford Performance that's targeted to be the most powerful and quickest version from the factory yet, capable of running the quarter-mile in the mid-8-second range while topping 150 mph.

"From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day Cobra Jet racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts. "That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street."

Engineered by Ford Performance Parts, the purpose-built drag racer developed on the 2018 Ford Mustang platform is limited to 68 non-VIN production cars. It includes a supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8 and unique four-link rear suspension, along with a Ford 9-inch solid rear axle from Strange Engineering. Race add-ons include NHRA-certified roll cage, Racetech FIA seats, and a drag race specific coilover suspension with specially designed Weld Racing wheels with the 50th anniversary badging.

011.jpg Ford Set To Build 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang

The result is a turnkey racer that showcases many performance add-ons available from the Ford Performance Parts catalog for Mustang dating back to the original 1968 Cobra Jet. For 2018, the all-new Cobra Jet will be offered in Race Red or Oxford White, including an available commemorative 50th anniversary graphics package and anniversary badging.

If you're looking to add one to your stable, the final 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet ordering and product specifications will be released this summer. And for those of you wanting to campaign the 2018 Cobra Jet, you'll be happy to know that it's designed to be legal for National Hot Rod Association drag racing, along with several National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes.

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