Its official ladies and gentleman: Ford will build a 2015 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. It’s safe to breathe now, trust us. When the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet race car was announced, we were on top of it. At the same time, we knew the 2015 model may or may not happen. With the 50th anniversary of the Mustang, we assumed there would be a change to the Cobra Jet. Would Ford switch to a rear-wheel drive Taurus or Ford Fusion platform? Remember, Ford has offered the Cobra Jet package on a long line of cars including the Falcon, Fairlane, Torino, Cougar, Montego, and Cyclone. Well, the answered has arrived and it’ll still be a ponycar – no doubt.
When Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing, was asked about the Cobra Jet he responded that “Mustang and Cobra Jet are inseparable!” Adding to that tid-bit, Jesse Kershaw, Ford Racing’s division of Drag Racing Parts and Competition Manager, was quoted saying, “Our goals remain the same for next year as they are every year, produce a competitive product at a price that is a value for the racer,” Kershaw said. “We want to ensure this program is here to stay.”
Ford builds 50, high-horsepower, turn-key Cobra Jet racecars each year specifically for the drag duty as an option from Ford Racing. If there’s any indication on what the 2015 model may come outfitted with, the current 2014 Mustang Cobra Jet power of course comes by way of a 5.0L Coyote engine boosted by a Whipple supercharger system, which sends power to a 3-speed automatic. What’s more, that generation Cobra Jet also got a three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, and a rollcage. Serving duty even further out back is a traditional wheelie bar. Of course, all of this comes right from Ford Racing. The price could be around $100,000 plus optional paint and graphics. Generally, the cars are first-come-first-served. Getting to the local dealership quickly is the name of the game for obtaining one of these rare beasts of the quarter-mile.
The current 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet includes:
- New colors - Gotta Have-it Green, and a Cobra Jet-exclusive flat black
- 3-speed race transmission
- Parachute mount
- 5.0L TiVCT engine
- Supercharged - Ford Racing/Whipple 2.9L supercharger with 3.25-inch pulley CNC ported aluminum cylinder heads
- Lightened body assembly optimized for weight distribution
- Electric power steering
- Rollcage optimized for rigidity and safety
- Recaro race seats
- Ford Racing suspension optimized for efficient 60-foot times
For all the Ford fans out there, or COPO Camaro owners who want to size-up the competition, stay tuned. We’ll keep you up to date with the latest development in 2015 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet news along the way.