The electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is more powerful and lighter than ever as the American automaker attempts to break its own drag racing records.
Ford Performance has unveiled the ‘Cobra Jet 1800’ Mustang, an updated version of its record-setting electric drag car that the US auto giant says will be even faster than its predecessor.
the first electricdrag car, named Cobra Jet 1400, was revealed by Performance with its four 350kW electric motors delivering more than 1100kW to its rear wheels.
In 2021, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 set an official National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) record for electric vehicles by completing a 400-meter dash around the speedway in 8.128 seconds, about 1.6 seconds faster than a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport W16. one of the fastest road cars in the world.
However, Ford has now upped the ante with a power increase and weight reduction for the electric dragster.
According to a Ford press release, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1800 uses the same inverters and electric motors as before, though it now produces more than 1,340kW, an increase of almost 250kW.
A lighter battery system and new transmission are two of the factors behind the power increase, while a revised rear suspension setup and wider tires will help the electric Mustang put its power out on the road.
Ford Performance global director Mark Rushbrook claims “hundreds of pounds of weight” have been shed from the updated Cobra Jet 1800, which, combined with the increased power, points to a faster time on the race track.
“Endurance racing continues to be a key proving ground for our products and technology, and we are excited not only to attempt to beat our own quarter-mile record, but to further showcase the continuous development we continue to achieve across the globe. landscape of electric vehicles. Rushbrook said in a press release.
In addition to its ambition to beat the Cobra Jet 1400’s 400-meter drag time, Ford is also targeting NHRA electric car records for 0-60 mph (98 km/h) acceleration times with the new 1800.