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 cant 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. “Were really proud of the car, but then again were 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 NHRAs 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 Racings previous Mustang FR500S road race package, the Cobra Jet Mustangs 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 thats 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.