Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 may be Ford's quickest pony car ever

The Ford Mustang is going electric … again.

Following on the introduction of the Mustang Mach-E utility vehicle, Ford has unveiled the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 drag car.

Full technical details have not yet been revealed, but Ford says the prototype coupe is powered by a 1,400 hp stack of four electric motors under its hood and is capable of running a low-8-second quarter-mile at a trap speed above 170 mph.

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“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” Ford’s Global Director of its Icon models, Dave Pericak, said in a press release. “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."

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The Cobra Jet 1400’s performance figures suggest it is quicker and faster than the supercharged V8-powered 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet racing car, with which it shares its body and 3-speed automatic racing transmission. Ford made just 68 of the 2018 model and a few new ones are still available at dealers for prices ranging from $130,000 to $180,000.

The new car echoes a similar effort by Chevrolet from a couple of years that resulted in the 700 hp eCOPO Camaro, which could run a 9-second quarter-mile.

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Ford collaborated on the Cobra Jet 1400 with several specialists in the drag racing and high-performance electric drivetrain fields, including MLe Racecars, Watson Engineering, AEM EV and Cascadia, and aims to demonstrate the car at drag strips later this year.

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As far as street-legal electric Mustangs are concerned, Ford said production of the Mustang Mach-E is still on track for late this year, despite the current shutdown of its factories due to the coronavirus pandemic, while a hybrid version of the Mustang sports car has been promised for the coming years.

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