Ford Racing introduced its 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang at an industry event in Florida last Friday. The factory built racer for privateers is meant for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition.
The 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang has two 5.0-liter Ti-VCT engine options – a naturally aspirated engine with Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high-lift cams and low-drag accessory drive; or a Whipple supercharged version with CNC port-matched manifold and heads, and what’s said to be a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high-rpm use without belt slip.
Ford said the approximate MSRP is $86,000 with the naturally aspirated engine option and $93,000 for the forced fed version. Final pricing and option will be announced next year.
“The 2008 Cobra Jet is a great car. It does everything we wanted it to do,” said George Goddu, business manager, Ford Racing Performance Group. “We’re really proud of that car, but we improve with each new Cobra Jet offering and 2013 is no exception.”
Lightweight body modifications are claimed to give better weight distribution and electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. A new roll cage design is optimized for safety and chassis rigidity, and the brake pedal ratio has been revised for more modulation and stopping power. Ford also said the Cobra Jet Mustang rear suspension geometry will deliver faster and more consistent 60-foot times.
The 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang will be built by the United Auto Workers at the AutoAlliance International plant in Flat Rock, Michigan starting next June, with delivery of all vehicles expected midsummer 2012. Cobra Jet production is limited to only 50 units and orders placed through Ford dealers will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. (Part number M-FR500-CJ.)
Cobra Jet fans can help choose the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet – classic white, silver or black – by voting online at www.fordracing.com. Voting ends 31 December 2011.