To mark the 75th anniversary of the ’34 Ford, Ford’s booth had a old school rod with some very new school technology, 400hp EcoBoost twin turbo V6. Bob Smith, the builder of the ’34, had a long time relationship with Ford. Most notably he worked for Saleen performance before leaving to do his own ventures in hot rod and restoration cars.

The Ford was built in pieces at several shops scattered throughout Sterling Heights, MI, outside of Detroit. “The hardest part was all of the simultaneous builds all across Detroit,” said Smith who now lives in North Carolina. One shop that handled the hardest parts of the build was Techno Sports.

The water and oil cooled turbos were re-packed and re-plumbed in order to fit comfortable and stylishly under the open sided hood of the ’34. When Techno Sports finished the EcoBoost engine configuration, it was sent back to Ford so they could run the engine on a dyno for the final power numbers and re program it. The redesigned turbo system boosted the power 35hp over stock to 400hp and 400lb torque. Techno Sports also laid the front wheel drive engine into the chassis as a rear wheel drive configuration. The transmission of choice for the car was a Tremec.

The body was painted in a flat blue color with some white and red emphasizing the body lines. “We thought it would give the body the original look and with the gloss you would be able to appreciate the body lines. This car has iconic lines…it’s an ageless design,” Smith said. The fenders and exterior floorboards are sprayed in a gloss metallic version of the same blue color.

Shelby Trim worked on the interior with two custom captain chairs. The nice touch of the interior is the beautiful and ornate hand blown glass gear knob. Smith and his team designed a retro V6 logo that mimicked the original V8 logo. The logo was etched into stainless steel sheets that wrapped around the interior from below the rear retractable rear window and onto the door panels.

The beginnings of the car was not just something that Ford thought of but rather a combination of efforts. Kurt Kurtenbach, who owns Experimental-inc, was tired of the ’34 Ford body parts lying around in his shop without a completely built car yet. He had enough and Smith talked him into connecting with Ford, since Smith had such a relationship with them already. Kurtenbach funded the project and now owns the first completed reproduction body.

Smith and his crew only had 7 ½ weeks to assemble the car but it took a total of 18 weeks for the car to come together from conceptualization. The ’34 was able to win the Award for Best of Show Ford booth.

SEMA this year has an entire section where Green cars and equipment are all in one place to help push the industry into the Green direction, but AMD and Factory Five didn’t want their electric ’32 Ford Street Rod in the green section, they wanted it in Hot Rod Alley. They wanted to gain the attention and respect of the Hot Rod community.

This ’32 Ford was built in a “One World Community,” which is the only zero waste community in the world. The community, SOMO, is located in Northern California.

The electric drivetrain could not have been placed into a better vehicle than the Factory Five Racing ’32 Ford kit. “I thought we could make the coolest electric car out there,” said Solid Works Expert Designer, Jeremy Luchini. “I thought it was a perfect platform.”

Solid Works handled the software, A123 handled the two battery packs and UQM handled the 660 ft/lbs of torque engine. Being electric, the engine provides instantaneous torque with a projected 0-60 time of 3 seconds, as according to Solid Works.

“How do you make batteries look good?” said Luchini about the valve cover-like tops to the battery packs. The actual engine is located inside of the car, covered by a scatter shield and then a clear plastic hump to show it off a little.

-4,000 Amps
-2 battery packs
-70 miles without a charge
-2,000 full charges
-The motor is 225KWatts
-1 million miles before a service

The team said they believed in the electric car and the technology but have yet to see a car cool enough out there, so they built it. AMD and Factory Five produced their ’32 Ford Electric car to prove something…and they might have. So will this car affect the industry? Luchini said, “Absolutely I do!”

When the ownership of Saleen changed hands, some wondered what the fate of the prominent Ford-based performance company would hold. With the quick 435S release, people wondered more. The simple message Saleen wanted to portray with the 435S – we are here and we want to build cars.

Ford enthusiast continued to wait, though promise was a few S281 renderings away. At SEMA today there was a sigh of relief in the Las Vegas Convention Center as the S281 was revealed, and that is because this car is really, and I mean really, outstanding.

The brilliant “Octane Red” Saleen paint is the first aspect of the car you notice. Is it red? Is it orange? It depends on the light, but no one really knows.

Beneath the paint is the refined, but classic S197 Saleen styling. The rear quarter panels are extended past the rear taillights, though a slightly less aggressive, but cleaner look. The rear bumper houses two tailpipes on each side.

From the side, subtle side skirts plus the extended front and rear bumpers give the S281 a lowered look from stock. The S281 badge and quarter window covers complete the side body trimmings.

The front end styling is what you gain back in the aggressive styling. The raised hood resembles the 2009 Cobra Jet with a cleaner line. The front grill is completely redesigned along with the front bumper that house a pair of attractive side markers where one would expect fog lamps.

Ford has gone great lengths in making the Mustang interior more attractive and Saleen has accented it with further upgrades. The leather seats are accented with ultra-suede inserts and custom custom embroidery to mate the two. ‘MyColor’ is incorporated through the side doors and lights custom Saleen emblems. Some of the interior plastic come refinished in piano black. The steering wheel, shifter, and gauges also get custom Saleen accents. A custom gauge pod in the middle of the dash house a boost gauge and intercooler temperature gauge.

For go fast parts, Saleen adds one of their V1.5 twin screw superchargers, 39-lb injectors, water to air intercooler, and a exhaust system to bump the 3-valve to 485 horsepower and 460 lb/ft. The supercharger is designed to allow the Saleen strut bar to pass right through it to help stiffen the front shock towers. Additional suspension upgrades include sway bars and a full coilover kit that features both dampening and ride height adjustability – I would love to see the Saleen slammed down! The brakes are upgraded 14” slotted rotors with 4 piston calipers.

We can’t wait to see the Saleen out in the day light for future analysis and hopefully an up coming road test….


• 281 cid (4.6L) 3-valve SOHC V8 engine
− 485 hp @ 6000 rpm
− 460 lb.-ft. torque @ 4250 rpm
• Saleen Series VI.5 integrated twin-screw supercharger
• Saleen dual-stage water-to-air intercooler system
• Saleen 39 lb. fuel injectors
• Hi-flow inlet tube and air box cover
• Saleen performance air filter
• 5-speed, short-throw manual transmission
• 8.8-inch limited-slip differential, 3.73:1/3.31:1 final drive
• Saleen Performance Exhaust System with stainless steel
chrome tips
• Saleen Performance Cooling Package
• Saleen 3.73 Maxgrip differential


• Saleen Racecraft specific-rate front and rear springs
• Saleen Racecraft nitrogen-pressurized front strut and
rear shocks, wide-range adjustable damping
• Saleen Racecraft front sway bar and performance
• Saleen Racecraft front strut tower brace


• Power-assisted, 4-wheel vented disc brakes with ABS
and traction control
− 14 in. slotted front rotors with 4-piston calipers
• 15 in. slotted front rotors with 6-piston calipers,
11.8 in. slotted rear rotors


• Saleen 20-inch, 7-spoke Speed Star silver wheels
(20×9 front, 20×10 rear) with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tires
(275/35ZR20 front, 275/40ZR20 rear)
• Tire pressure monitoring system
• Saleen valve stem caps
• Saleen 7-Spoke Speed Star chrome wheels
(20×9 front, 20×10 rear)
• Saleen 5-spoke forged chrome wheels
(20×9 front, 20×10 rear)
• High-performance Pirelli P-Zero Rosso
305/35ZR20 rear tires


• Saleen leather sport seats, front and rear, with Ultra-
Suede inserts and custom-embroidered head restraints
• Saleen short-throw shifter with leather-wrapped,
comfort-grip aluminum shift knob
• Unique, Saleen black-faced gauges, including
200 mph speedometer
• Saleen twin-gauge pod (boost pressure and
air inlet temperature)
• Custom center console finish in Piano Black
• Saleen serialized console plaque
• Saleen steering wheel badge
• Saleen performance pedals
• Saleen leather door inserts
• Saleen S281 custom-embroidered floor mats
• Saleen illuminated door sill plates
• MyColor™ ambient lighting (door pockets,
cupholders, footwells)
• Ford SYNC® voice-activated communications
and entertainment system
• Shaker 500 audio system with AM/FM stereo, in-dash
6 CD changer, MP3 capability, 8 speakers
• Saleen “Eagle One” detail kit with embroidered
Saleen bag
• Saleen key fob
• Saleen owner’s document portfolio and warranty guide
• Saleen S281 custom-embroidered trunk mat

Paint Color Choices

• Black
• Performance White
• Torch Red
• Grabber Blue
• Sterling Grey Metallic
• Brilliant Silver Metallic
• Kona Blue Metallic
• Red Candy Metallic with tinted clearcoat (added cost)
• Sunset Gold Metallic
• Igniter Orange custom factory paint
• Octane Red custom factory paint
• Silver Shield custom factory paint
• Motor City Blue custom factory paint
• Lights Outs Yellow custom factory paint


• Advance Trac® with Electronic Stability Control®
• Dual-stage front airbags
• Driver/front passenger side-impact airbags
• Driver’s seat position sensor/crash severity sensor
• Remote keyless entry / illuminated entry
• LATCH (Lower Anchors & Tethers for Children) System
• SecuriLock® passive anti-theft system
• SOS post-crash alert system


• Saleen S281 Supercharged fender badging
• Saleen chevron graphics (color specific to vehicle color)
• Saleen Design Super-Flo hood
• Saleen Design injection-molded front fascia, grille, side
skirts, rear fascia, rear diffuser, decklid appliqué, spoiler
and end caps
• Saleen championship wreath decal
• Saleen serialized engine bay plaque / bumper
number decal
• Saleen body-color mirror caps
• Saleen windshield graphic
• Saleen Design injection-molded quarter window covers


Vehicle weight 3,401 lb.
Weight distribution (f/r) 54/46
Wheelbase 107.1 in.
Track (f/r) 62.8 in./63.9 in.
Length 190.1 in.
Width 73.9 in.
Height 53.1 in.
Trunk Space 13.4 cu. ft.
Fuel Capacity 16 gal.
* Specifications, standard equipment and options subject to change.

The Ring Brothers have established themselves in the elite status of custom car builders. These artisans are famous for winning the prestigious Shine Award two consecutive years, previously unheard of feat. This year, the Ring Brothers took on the daunting project of bringing a forty-five year old machine into better than new stature. They were rewarded with the Car of the Show Honors. The project car owner is Ken & Ev Smith, owners of S & S Cycle. To add to the excitement of the event, Adam Corolla was brought in to perform the unveiling.

The Fairlane was coated with BASF R-M Diamont, Afterburner Red highlighted with Agent Orange and Mission Brown paint. The Engine installed in the showcar is a Roush 427 IR bolted to a Bowler AOD Transmission. Providing the finished look is a set of Forgeline 3 piece wheels.

The Fairlane’s roof was modified and a Ring Brother’s carbon fiber hood, front and rear bumpers, side air intakes and deck lid spoilers installed. Also featured in this build are custom touch pad door handles, tail lamps, gas cap, shock tower supports, export brace and valve covers.

Paul Svinicki of Paul’s High Performance is a well respected name in the Ford community. Paul has been around the block and has worked with Ford on developing a number of parts with Ford Racing. Paul is a type of racer that likes to incorporate as many OEM parts as he can, and nothing has changed for his new 2010 Mustang. Paul received his Mustang in August and it has been many late nights since.

The team started by pulling the car apart and figuring out what parts they needed help on. Cross over parts from the 2010 Cobra Jet included shocks, springs, headers, sway bars, upper and lower control arms. Another prototype Ford piece on this car is the intake manifold that Paul is currently working on with Ford Racing.

For aftermarket support, Paul turned to Weld for their first set of the classic RT wheels. Behind the wheels is a set of Aerospace lightweight brakes to help slow the Mustang. Remaining components include a Dynomax 3” catback and a Moser 9” rear end with 4.56 gears. At the end of the day, Paul was looking for a clean and classic look with his Mustang. Subtile changes like shaved front turn signals and a gas fill neck that was moved into the trunk were made. Paul plans to race the NMRA Mod Motor and Street Stang classes starting at the Bradenton season opener. They are hoping for around 375 RWHP and high 11s in the quarter.

Today, Ford Racing unveiled the 2010 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas. The special “Silver Bullet” Super Cobra Jet Mustang that was unveiled in the Ford display was a big hit with the SEMA crowd. We had the opportunity to look at the car up-close several weeks ago at a media event at the Ford Racing Garage in Dearborn, Michigan.

Having followed Stock and Super Stock racing for over 20 years, we can attest that the one-of-one Silver Super Cobra Jet is a masterpiece on wheels, and does some impressive burnouts with Brain Wolfe at the wheel. After checking out every detail of the car, we can’t believe the build quality that comes from “The Factory.” With die-hard drag racer Wolfe at the helm of Ford Racing, mountains within Ford can be moved and every detail addressed, for such a complicated build.

The Super Cobra Jet Mustang is powered by an aluminum 5.4-liter modular engine, topped by a 4.0-liter FR/Whipple blower.

Complete with 5.4-liter aluminum block and massive 4.0-liter Ford Racing/Whipple Supercharger, we bet the $90,000 Super Cobra Jet is capable of dipping into the eight-second zone under the right conditions. Impressive, considering the entire turn-key Mustang will be built at Ford facilities and delivered through Ford dealers.

The 2010 Super Cobra Jet shows that Ford Racing is serious about supporting NHRA and Ford sportsman drag racing. If the 2008 Cobra Jet caused al ot of controversy being a labeled a factory ringer with its soft 435 horsepower rating, you can bet the 2010 version will really fire up the GM and Mopar fans.

“The 2008 Cobra Jet was a great car, it did everything we wanted it to do,” said Brian Wolfe, director, Ford North American Motorsports. “We’re really proud of the car, but then again we’re always trying to make the next one better.”

Brian Wolfe prepares to put the Super Cobra Jet through its paces in front of the Ford Racing Garage.

“With the 2010 Cobra Jet, we had the luxury of a longer development cycle and the result is absolutely stunning,” stated Wolfe. “Where the 2008 Cobra Jet was an extremely potent starting point for NHRA Stock competition, the 2010 will enhance the car further. We are all excited to see the new Cobra Jet in competition.”

The base 2010 Cobra Jet will come with the cast iron 5.4L modular block, DOHC heads, and 3.2-liter Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger. An optional “Super Cobra Jet” aluminum 5.4-liter modular block and 4.0-liter Ford Racing/Whipple Supercharger engine package is available for racers who want to compete in NHRA’s Super Stock class.

The rear suspension features a anti-roll bar and adjustable shocks with drag springs. Ford 9″ housing is a Strange Engineering/FRPP item.

The 2010 Cobra Jet, like the 2008 version, is a factory-built race car that is intended for competition in NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock class racing. In Stock Eliminator trim, the car currently fits in A/SA and AA/SA, although that classification may change after Brent Hajek qualified 1.713 seconds under the A/SA index at the recent Las Vegas event. In Super Stock configuration, the car will fit in SS/B or SS/BA through SS/D or SS/DA.

The Cobra Jet’s cockpit is plush for a race car, and includes Ford Racing gauges, a switch panel, easy access fuse box, and a 8.50 e.t legal roll cage.

The goal for the 2010 Cobra Jet was to take what was learned on the 2008 Cobra Jet program, and enhance the race features and options. The 2010 CJ is delivered with all of the features of the 2008 car, with updates that include options for a full race-prepared Ford C6 automatic or Liberty manual transmission, 8.50 certified roll cage, adjustable drag race shocks and springs, manual steering, race brakes, and an Aeromotive return-style fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell. The 2010 Cobra Jet also features a cowl hood to clear the supercharger unit and improve aerodynamics at high speeds.

Aeromotive has supplied the trunk-mounted fuel cell for the 2010 Super Cobra Jet.

In addition to the engine and transmission options, Ford Racing engineers have developed a factory-first launch control/rev limiter that’s built into the factory Cobra Jet PCM. This will allow racers to preset the staging RPM after they stage the car. When they are ready to leave, all they do is put the throttle pedal to the floor and the PCM will hold the set RPM until launch. Previously, the launch control/rev limiter was only available as an aftermarket option.

The 2010 CJ car features a choice for customers between two supercharged engines or three normally aspirated engines (pending NHRA approval). These options will allow the Cobra Jet to be eligible for more classes in the NHRA, as well as competition in other sanctioning bodies, including: NMRA; NMCA; PSCA; and IHRA.

As with Ford Racing’s previous Mustang FR500S road race package, the Cobra Jet Mustang’s engine will be assembled at Romeo Engine. It will then be shipped to the Auto Alliance International (AAI) assembly plant in Flat Rock, MI for the final Cobra Jet build. The entire 50 car run of 2010 Cobra Jets will be built on a prototype production line that’s located at AAI. Production of the 2010 Cobra Jets will begin in January, with delivery of all vehicles expected in the first quarter of 2010.

Weld Racing produced all the Cobra Jet Wheels for 2010. The Cobra Jet logo and Cobra emblem is machined into the spokes.

For the do-it-yourself racer, all of the Cobra Jet parts and pieces can be found in the Ford Racing Performance Parts catalog. Since the Cobra Jet is produced from a base V-6 Mustang, any racer can turn a new or used S197 Mustang into a Cobra Jet by purchasing the parts from their local Ford Performance Parts dealer.

Based on the burnout, we think this car is capable of running in the 8-second zone. Pretty impressive performance potential from a factory-built car.

According to Ford Racing, All 50 of the 2010 Cobra Jet Mustangs have already been ordered by Ford dealers for delivery to customers. We’re sure some were ordered by collectors, and we hear that the majority of cars ordered had the Super Cobra Jet option checked. For those racers and Ford enthusiasts who missed out on the limited 2010 run, Ford Racing has set a goal to provide future versions of the Cobra Jet.

Could a Ford “factory built” EcoBoost turbo Outlaw 10.5 car be next? With Ford Racing’s goal to make the next Cobra Jet even better than the current model, the sky is the limit.


Ford Racing
Phone: 1-800-FORD788



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