The purpose of building this car was to give NHRA class racers a completely legal drag car good for 10s. For now, production is limited to 50 units, but we're sure there will be more like it in the future. Ford really wanted to get the Mustang back into Sportsman racing, and it was sure nice to get a 9-inch in a Ford again!

This is a drag car built with a discriminating eyes toward the NHRA rulebook to ensure the legality, and safety was of top concern. The team at Ford is currently waiting approval on the horsepower rating to fit the rulebook, but we're looking at around 425 horsepower backed with an automatic or manual transmission.

The suspension has been modified to give the car optimum traction and weight transfer. The front sway bar was removed for weight savings and to loosen the front end. There is a crossbar unnecessary for racing in the front that was removed for weight reduction. The rear suspension got a 9-inch Ford housing suspended by components built by Team Z Racing. The brakes on a drag car are aimed more at weight savings than clamping power, since it only needs to slow the car once per heat cycle. That's why they made sure the Ford Racing exclusive Bogart wheels slip right over the factory brakes. At 15 inches in diameter, larger aftermarket brakes aren't an option.

One of three test mules (above the 50 production cars) will be auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson. The auction car was driven by many famous drivers, including John Force, Mike Neff (NHRA rookie of the year), Gas Rhonda (original Cobra Jet NHRA champion racer), Bob Glidden (winningest NHRA Pro Stock driver), and Bill Glidden (winningest Outlaw 10.5-inch tire racer). Proceeds will go toward introducing new NHRA Sportsman programs for the 2009 season.

BY THE NUMBERS
FORD MOTOR CO.
2008 FORD MUSTANG
Owner: Ford Racing
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Engine size & type: 5.4-liter supercharged 4-valve, aluminum
Transmission: modified T-56 6-speed manual
Performance: top secret!
Front suspension: factory Ford, removed sway bar and crossbeam
Rear suspension: Team Z parts, 9-inch Ford housing
Brakes: factory Ford
Wheels & tires: Cobra Jet
Paint & body: Cobra Jet graphics
Built by: Ford Racing
Vendor affiliation: Ford
Years owned: 1