Ford Racing revealed the Mustang Cobra Jet Concept at the 2012 SEMA Show in Las Vegas.
The new generation of the Cobra Jet Concept is powered by a twin-turbo engine that uses Ford’s road-going EcoBoost technology. However, the power developed by the 5.0-liter V8 with twin-turbo chargers that sits below the Mustang’s long bonnet is from another league compared to Ford’s normal EcoBoost models. However, Ford didn’t reveal horsepower or torque figures. According to a source quoted by MotorTrend, the new Cobra Jet Concept is expected to run a quarter-mile in about 8 seconds, at speeds above 150 mph (241 km/h).
The car is designed to meet NHRA Stock and Super Stock regulations, so the twin turbos on the Cobra Jet Concept are production-based. The Borg-Warner turbos are based on the new Focus ST’s turbo, but they are about 40 percent larger on the Mustang, according to the same source. In order to fight lag, Ford Racing used the smallest possible turbos, but the units are big enough to give the engine the airflow it needs.
As its name suggests, the Cobra Jet Concept will remain a concept car, unless demand will justify making it a production model.