Ford's Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype moves the company closer to a true electric Mustang.
Ford introduced its Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype in a press release on Thursday. The company partnered with MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV and Cascadia to produce an all-electric Mustang projected to produce 1400 horsepower and over 1,100 ft.-lbs. Of torque.
Based on those numbers, Ford projects the vehicle will reach at least 170 mph and clock a low 8-second range quarter-mile time.
The one-off Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 honors the original Cobra Jet that first dominated drag strips in the late 1960s, while demonstrating the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments.
"This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “We saw the Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start developing electric powertrains in a race car package that we already had a lot of experience with, so we had performance benchmarks we wanted to match and beat right now. This has been a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports."
Following the debut of the all-electric Ford Mustang Mach-E SUV – the first-ever, all-electric Mustang, the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype represents another opportunity to advance Mustang heritage and performance while simultaneously incorporating some of the most advanced technology coming to Ford’s future powertrains.
Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons said, “Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible…"
No doubt Ford also wants to impress Mustang enthusiasts that they can produce an electric version of the company's most iconic pony car. Many Mustang purists scoffed at the Mach-E SUV. While they may have been impressed with the vehicle itself, they just didn't believe it should have carried the Mustang nameplate.
This electric version of the Mustang could help appease that annoyance— but don't count on it. The engine, in true electric fashion, won't make any noise.
True pony car enthusiasts like to make some noise.