When it came to celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of its legendary Cobra Jet line, Ford Performance did not think small. Welcome, the painfully fast – and vanishingly rare – Mustang Cobra Jet 2018, which in the five decades of its existence is considered the fastest and most powerful of the series-produced cars.
The first Mustang Cobra Jet came back in 1968, four years after the original Mustang made its debut. The idea was simple: Ford saw the coupe gain instant popularity with those who value straightforward speed, and decided that its own team could work just as well as third-party tuners. This started a long tradition of cars that avoid public roads in favor of track use.
From the line, however, nothing modeled this goal quite like this new 201
The new Cobra Jet will do the quarter mile in the middle of the 8-second range, the automaker promises. It will also go on to over 150 miles per hour.
For that, of course, it took more than a beefy engine. Ford Performance dropped into unique four-link suspension, along with a Ford 9-inch solid rear suspension from Strange Engineering. Inside is an NHRA certified roll cage, along with Racetech FIA seats. Finally, there is a Drag Race-specific coil-over suspension with specially designed 50th anniversary Weld Racing wheels.
Only 68 of the cars are made in total, with buyers being able to choose between Race Red or Oxford White liveries. No idea how to make it a daily driver. Ford says the 2018 Mustang Cobra Jet will be non-VIN, so you will not be able to register it for road use.
The downside to this is that the car is legal for the National Hot Rod Drag Racing Association, Ford promises in addition to several National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes. If you want to show off your 840 hp Dodge Demon, which feels like a shame, this could be the car in which you can do it.
We will see order books open this coming summer. Ford says it details the full specifications closer to this point as well as confirming the pricing.