Ford Mustang Cobra Jet revealed

Isaac Cain
August 19, 2018

Power for this mid-eight second, 150mph pony auto comes from a special Ford 5.2L V8 based on the Ford 5.0L V8 engine used in street Mustangs. The 9-inch solid rear axle was designed by Strange Engineering, and the vehicle gets an NHRA-certified roll cage, as well as Racetech FIA seats and Weld Recing wheels sporting special 50th anniversary badging.

The Blue Oval brand describes the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet as a "limited-edition turnkey race car" (just 68 examples will be built) that honours the 50th anniversary of the original. Ford isn't ready to tell us what kind of power this motor is producing, as it's still undergoing final certification (and the company needs some news to announce later this year at the Specialty Equipment Market Association Show in Las Vegas). Now Ford has unveiled a 50th anniversary special based on the sixth-generation Mustang, and it's the fastest and most powerful Mustang drag racer ever offered by the factory. Forty years later, Ford restarted the program, offering highly modified but factory-built dragsters to select customers who use them for racing - the 50 cars Ford built in 2008 did not have vehicle identification numbers and therefore weren't street legal.

Power comes from a 5.0-litre V8 that's grown to some 5.2 litres in displacement, topped with a Whipple supercharger and backed by a 9-inch solid rear axle.

Lastly and importantly, 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet has a "low-drag" disc brake system from Strange Engineering.

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Capable of topping 150mph with quarter-mile runs in less than nine seconds, the new Mustang will make its public debut as part of the Mustang Alley feature during the Woodward Dream Cruise.

In other words, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary since the Cobra Jet racing program was introduced while also being the 10th anniversary of the modern program - a program which has seen the mighty Mustang win a whole lot of races. The model is now available to order and pricing starts at $130,000.

It has been brought to my attention that many people aren't aware of the difference between the Mustang Cobra Jet and the drag race-oriented Dodge Challengers. Buyers can choose from two colour schemes, the same red or white that dressed up the original 1968 models.

Gary Gastelu is's Automotive Editor.

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