Ford to release speedy 50th anniversary edition of Mustang Cobra Jet

Katie Ramirez
April 20, 2018

Building on the latest Ford Mustang as a base, the 2018 Cobra Jet will be limited to 68 track-only units (no VIN will be stamped), with a choice of Race Red or Oxford White paint and an option to add a commemorative 50th Anniversary graphics package and anniversary badging if desired.

FORD Performance Parts has teased a "roid popping tribute to the original Cobra Jet dragster, which it says will be 'the quickest straight-line Stallion yet".

The modern Cobra Jet promises to run the quarter mile in the "mid-8-second" range at 150 miles per hour.

Ford, which returned to the NHRA's top Funny Car class after a three-year hiatus, plans to roll out a new Mustang Funny Car body for the series next year. "That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street".

It has been exactly five decades since Ford introduced its original Mustang Cobra Jet, which made its debut only four years after the first Mustang arrived. Under that high-rising hood is a new supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8. And for those of you wanting to campaign the 2018 Cobra Jet, you'll be happy to know that it's created to be legal for National Hot Rod Association drag racing, along with several National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes. "These are the same tools and resources such as CFD, scale model and full-size wind tunnel testing that we have used to develop the Ford GT race vehicle and are using to develop the new Mustang for NASCAR".

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For the 2018 model year, Dodge rolled out the Challenger Demon, which comes with track-only features that allow it to run in the 9-second range in stock form.

That will be the biggest batch of Cobra Jets ever offered.

This one's a purpose-built Mustang drag racer, built on the new 2018 Mustang base. She could only confirm a "very limited" number will be sold in Canada.

Back in 1968, the Cobra Jet dominated the NHRA super stock class and for 2018, Ford Performance looks to put the Cobra Jet back atop the leaderboard with their quickest Mustang race auto to date.

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