Electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet To Match Race At U.S. Nationals 

Mustang Cobra Jet 1400


Ford Performance will showcase the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 during this weekend’s Denso Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis. 

Ford NHRA Funny Car Driver Bob Tasca III will pilot the electric prototype in match-race runs against two-time Funny Car champion and NHRA on FOX broadcaster Tony Pedregon, who will drive one of Ford’s supercharged V8 Mustang Cobra Jets. 

The all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype has previously run 8.27 seconds at 168 mph in the quarter-mile and reached 1,502 peak wheel horsepower in recent private development testing—equivalent to the combined output of more than three 2021 Mustang GT V8 engines, according to published reports. 

“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. 

Ford Performance collaborated with Cascadia Motion for four PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to a pair of DS-250-115s, giving four motors total and spinning at up to 10,000 revolutions per minute. The motor-inverter packages run at 800 volts and up to 700 amps, with a maximum output of 350kW per motor. 

AEM-EV and Ford Performance jointly developed an advanced data and control system that features a control algorithm unique to the Cobra Jet 1400.

MLe served as Ford’s build and integration collaborator for the project. 

The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 was developed in parallel to the Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype.  

“Drag racing has always been where Detroit proves its most advanced powertrains,” said Brad Gerber, V.P. sales and chief development officer, NHRA. “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.”

The 2020 DENSO Spark Plugs U.S. Nationals will be livestreamed on NHRA.tv and broadcasted on local FOX channels. Tickets are also available. For more information, visit nhra.com

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