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1,400-horspeower Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is first factory all-electric dragster prototype

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Ford is showcasing its electric performance chops with the new silent dragster.

Silent but speedy. Imagine a drag strip without the ear-piercing roar of engines rumbling down the quarter mile. That’s exactly what Ford has done with its new concept car.

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is the brainchild of Ford Performance.

It’s an all-electric model that is designed to crush quarter-mile speeds. It’s a one-off, all-electric model that can deliver 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

That power gets it down the strip in the low-8 second range at more than 170 mph. YouTube is full of specially tuned versions of cars like the McLaren 720S and Porsche 911 Turbo S conquering similar feats, but with an internal combustion engine and plenty of rumble out the rear.

2020 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400

The model has a 2020 Ford Mustang as its base.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. “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 in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”

The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is one step toward showing off the electric power that the Dearborn, Michigan automaker has been able to harness. It’s also a move to showcase the performance-focused future of electrified mobility. This is an angle that was first played up when the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show in November 2019.

The Mustang Mach-E comes in a variety of grades, some with performance front and center while others lean toward having range as a priority. Most models fall somewhere in the middle.

“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.”

Introducing The All-Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 | Ford Performance

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The performance of the car was achieved with the help of some industry experts. MLe Racecars was the vehicle builder, designer, integrator, and tuner. Watson Engineering offered chassis support and development, and built the roll cage. AEM EV handled the software and motor calibration and controls while Cascadia supplied the inverter and motor.

Ford Performance is currently testing the Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut later this year. Check out the model while you shelter in place on Sunday, April 26 on MotorTrend On Demand’s “Hard Cell”, a showcase of electric vehicles pushing innovation boundaries.

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