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Race Ready—1,500HP Cobra Jet 1400 Set To Electrify Indy With 8-Second Passes


Earlier this year Ford Performance teased its latest quarter-mile missile, a prototype machine designed to showcase the performance potential of electrification on the quarter mile. Dubbed the Cobra Jet 1400, this test vehicle will make its public debut this weekend with Bob Tasca III behind the wheel and its performance credentials are impressive.

In testing the Cobra Jet 1400 prototype covered the quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168 mph. It will make its public debut at the NHRA U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend.

During its development tests the electric Cobra Jet generated 1,502 peak wheel horsepower — which Ford Performance playfully points out is three times the output of the latest Mustang GT. On the track, the prototype planted that power and covered the 1,320 in just 8.27 seconds at 168 mph.
“Since revealing the car, we’ve continued to fine-tune it and now know we’re just scratching the surface of what we may be able to achieve with this much electric horsepower in a drag racing setting,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.

Powered by a four motor arrangement from Cascadia Motion under the control of an AEM-EV controller, the Cobra Jet 1400 generated 1,502 peak wheel horsepower.

From the outside it looks like a typical Mustang drag racer, but under that familiar sheetmetal are four PN-250-DZR inverters combined with two DS-250-115 from Cascadia Motion. These four motors spin up to 10,000 rpm and run up to 800 volts and 700 amps to generate a peak output of 350kW. Controlling this powertrain is a controller co-developed with AEM-EV and Ford Performance. Meanwhile, MLE and Watson Racing worked on the chassis and suspension.

“It’s been a great but challenging project for all of us at Ford Performance,” Rushbrook added. “The opportunities to learn with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, as well as the Mustang Mach-E 1400 we recently introduced, gives us great insight into what may be possible in high-performance all-electric vehicles for Ford going forward. We are very interested in continuing to work with NHRA to determine how electrification can be part of the sport and to show off the Cobra Jet 1400 at max power in due course as regulations develop.”
You can watch Tasca III match-race Tony Pedregon in an internal-combustion Cobra Jet at this weekend’s NHRA U.S. Nationals, which airs on FS1 and FOX TV, as well as livestream.

“Drag racing has always been where Detroit proves its most advanced powertrains,” Brad Gerber, V.P. sales and chief development officer, NHRA, said. “The U.S. Nationals is the sport’s quintessential stage for reaching enthusiasts wanting a glimpse at the future technology of performance vehicles. Our fans are fascinated by horsepower in all forms, and the electrification of an iconic vehicle like the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 shows that innovation at Ford Motor Company never rests. We look forward to seeing the Cobra Jet 1400 and continuing discussions with Ford about the future of electrification in drag racing.”