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Posted: 11/3/2009 9:42:44 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 9:43:50 AM EST by Cypher15]


http://jalopnik.com/5395674/2010-cobra-jet-mustang-fords-new-turnkey-drag-racer

2010 Cobra Jet Mustang, Ford's New Turnkey Drag Racer

Ford Racing has pulled the wraps off the 2010 Cobra Jet Mustang, a snarling factory turnkey drag racer. Not just a new skin, it's a completely rethought racer which does everything hardcore drag racers could want right from the factory.




The latest Cobra Jet maintains the theme of all CJ's in the past — a factory chassis stripped of all non-essentials and outfitted with all the goodies drag racers want to go fast in a straight line. For 2010, Ford's taken things to a whole new level, making the Cobra Jet Mustang so good they're envisioning customers who buy the car and don't have to waste time replacing bits before taking runs down the strip.
What we're looking at here is the "Super" Cobra Jet, the top-of-the-line model with all options and the goodies, this one's even painted a special silver for SEMA, all others will be the traditional white. It's equipped with a 5.4 liter V8 with a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger with headers, adjustable front and rear shocks, manual steering and an NHRA certified roll cage, competition shifter with trans brake, Hoosier drag radials on Weld wheels, a rear mounted battery and fuel cell, as well as a cut-off switch.

Those things are pretty normal for any drag racer, but the stuff making this factory runner a unique proposition is a little more thoughtful. Instead of just reusing the standard Mustang wiring loom, the CJ's is unique, which affords the Ford Racing guys some unique opportunities. Since there are no airbags in the car, they relocated all the fuses to the glovebox area, which has an easily removable upper cover. Also hidden in there is a computer hookup for convenient data recovery and diagnostics, which is pretty cool on it's own. The IP is otherwise fully instrumented with a lovely row of toggle switches in front of the performance shifter and transmission brake. You'll notice the hand brake lever is missing because that whole system is superfluous.

[div]Speaking of brakes, the Cobra Jet is equipped with manual brakes because most racers prefer them to vacuum boosted brakes, and you can forget about traction control and ABS for that matter — this car doesn't even have side mirrors. This model is again, the top of the line, and will run in Superstock A and B Auto, but there will be other flavors available with different engines, options and race gadgets. Having been bathed in the tire smoke of this fine automobile in the Ford Racing shop's parking lot, we can attest to both the noise and fury of this latest iteration. We at admit to having gone a little weak in the knees a the sound of that big mill at full chat.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:43:53 AM EST
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:44:41 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 9:44:52 AM EST by Cypher15]

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.

lol thts not really the point though, its a purpose built car, not a street car
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:45:32 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mattl:
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.


Well, that didn't take long.


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:46:10 AM EST
I think I just heard a hippie's head explode...........
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:46:59 AM EST


Do Want...



Too bad I'm broke.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:47:11 AM EST
Won't sell good if it did go to production.

Not road legal and will most likely be expensive especially after seeing what the engine is.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:48:34 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cypher15:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.

lol thts not really the point though, its a purpose built car, not a street car



Not big on uni-taskers sorry. Also you'd likely never recoup in relevant portion of what you spent on the car in winnings. I think you get a small tax write off after a few years of losing money though.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:49:01 AM EST
I am a vette guy - and I STILL have to shake my head at how damn COOL that is.

Sweet - nice to see some people in the auto industry still have one ear to the pavement.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:49:17 AM EST
I can't wait until they remake the '74.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:49:44 AM EST
That's pretty cool.

I'm more of a fan of cars that can run road courses, but I have to give it to Ford for making such a specific platform.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:50:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 9:52:54 AM EST by Cypher15]

Originally Posted By Strykewolf:


Do Want...



Too bad I'm broke.

Originally Posted By Regency:
Won't sell good if it did go to production.

Not road legal and will most likely be expensive especially after seeing what the engine is.



thats ok, because all 50 of the cars are already spoken for
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
That's pretty cool.

I'm more of a fan of cars that can run road courses, but I have to give it to Ford for making such a specific platform.

theyve done runs of those sorts of cars too.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:56:33 AM EST
That's badass!!! I want one!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:58:28 AM EST
Originally Posted By Mattl:
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.





Link Posted: 11/3/2009 9:59:51 AM EST
That thing effectively has a 9.4 liter engine.

That's over 570 cubic inches.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:00:16 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cypher15:

Originally Posted By Strykewolf:


Do Want...



Too bad I'm broke.

Originally Posted By Regency:
Won't sell good if it did go to production.

Not road legal and will most likely be expensive especially after seeing what the engine is.



thats ok, because all 50 of the cars are already spoken for
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
That's pretty cool.

I'm more of a fan of cars that can run road courses, but I have to give it to Ford for making such a specific platform.

theyve done runs of those sorts of cars too.




*ding* sales are not the point of this type of vehicle.

It's to show off the performance potential of the chassis and the capability of the engineers to produce a factory racer. And to beat the crap out of others on the strip

This is similar to the drag pack challengers and the SS/A Barracudas and Darts of the late 60's
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:00:25 AM EST
Wow, so they're still focusing on cars that don't go around corners......
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:00:54 AM EST
Fuck yeah......that is what American Muscle is suppose to look like...
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:01:10 AM EST
how much hp?
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:02:11 AM EST
DAMN!!!!

Ford is simply going to crush gm and chrysler
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:03:09 AM EST
Originally Posted By seven-six-two:
Wow, so they're still focusing on cars that don't go around corners......


When the, I believe 2003, Cobra was debuted, it had an independent rear suspension to give it improved handling through turns and twists.
It was a pretty cool car, came from the factory with a lowered and tuned suspension and a pretty healthy supercharger on the engine.

It was not well-received by the buyers, because most of them wanted a solid rear axle.
In other words, they wanted the car to handle like a covered wagon.
The customers did. Not Ford.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:05:21 AM EST
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By seven-six-two:
Wow, so they're still focusing on cars that don't go around corners......


When the, I believe 2003, Cobra was debuted, it had an independent rear suspension to give it improved handling through turns and twists.
It was a pretty cool car, came from the factory with a lowered and tuned suspension and a pretty healthy supercharger on the engine.

It was not well-received by the buyers, because most of them wanted a solid rear axle.
In other words, they wanted the car to handle like a covered wagon.
The customers did. Not Ford.


Because fords stock IRS blew chunks, literally, when hooked up good behind the blown cobra
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:06:54 AM EST
Originally Posted By Agilt:
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
Originally Posted By seven-six-two:
Wow, so they're still focusing on cars that don't go around corners......


When the, I believe 2003, Cobra was debuted, it had an independent rear suspension to give it improved handling through turns and twists.
It was a pretty cool car, came from the factory with a lowered and tuned suspension and a pretty healthy supercharger on the engine.

It was not well-received by the buyers, because most of them wanted a solid rear axle.
In other words, they wanted the car to handle like a covered wagon.
The customers did. Not Ford.


Because fords stock IRS blew chunks, literally, when hooked up good behind the blown cobra


Things break when you try to drag race a road car.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:07:08 AM EST
Originally Posted By AJ-IN-JAX:
I think I just heard a hippie's head explode...........


i love it when hippies heads explode!!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:07:14 AM EST
Forget what they cost up front, I wonder how much those things will be selling for in about 20 years.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:08:02 AM EST
I've got no dog in this race, but I thought that drag racers were the epitome of the 'you must build it yourself to get respect' culture.

If there's a business case for it, manufacture and sell as many as possible...
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:11:35 AM EST
I'm glad that Ford can still manufacture a car like that.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:13:03 AM EST
Originally Posted By seven-six-two:
Wow, so they're still focusing on cars that don't go around corners......




I'm no Ford fan, but come on. It's a drag car, plain and simple. They're not marketing it as a "go around corners" car.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:21:38 AM EST
Originally Posted By ziarifleman:
That's pretty cool.

I'm more of a fan of cars that can run road courses, but I have to give it to Ford for making such a specific platform.


HD led the way with the race-ready Screaming Eagle V-Rod. Very successful 'bracket' race bike.

Excited to see Ford leaning on the Mustang. Local dealer is advertising a 'design your own' Mustang sale.

Maybe the Mustang will become akin to the German VW and there will be Mustangs everywhere, even more than now.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:25:14 AM EST
Did I miss the price?
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:26:26 AM EST
At one time, didn't the term "Cobra Jet" refer to an engine?

Why are they naming an entire car after an engine?

Pretty soon, we'll have Chevy "Turbo Fires" and Dodge "Fire Powers"...
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:39:42 AM EST
zr1 allllll daayyyyy lonnnggggg
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:41:32 AM EST

Originally Posted By pcsutton:
Did I miss the price?

Base Price will be $77K. Options will take you to just under $100K. http://www.product-reviews.net/2009/11/03/sema-2009-ford-2010-mustang-cobra-jet-preview/
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:44:55 AM EST


Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:52:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By Cypher214:
Originally Posted By seven-six-two:
Wow, so they're still focusing on cars that don't go around corners......

http://jalopnik.com/cars/assets/resources/2007/04/Ford-GT.jpg

I'm no Ford fan, but come on. It's a drag car, plain and simple. They're not marketing it as a "go around corners" car.
I was more thinking along the lines of European spec Focus and Mondeo. You know - cars that even Americans would actually buy now that they can't find anyone to lend them the money for SUV's, trucks, and the gas to fuel them.

Link Posted: 11/3/2009 10:54:30 AM EST
I'm also lusting after one of these babies for grocery getting:




God damn Ford is awesome.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:10:35 AM EST

Originally Posted By Kuraki:
I'm also lusting after one of these babies for grocery getting:

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2009/01/2010_Ford_Taurus_SHO.jpg


God damn Ford is awesome.

The SHO is full of fail. For $45k you get a car that is slower than a stock Cobalt SS turbocharged in the straight line. The SHO's about as fast or slower than a stock 05-2010 Mustang GT. The SHO suffers excessive understeer, poor agility, and lackluster braking. It weighs too much and Ford didn't do anything to fix the handling. The Taurus is still the same old lame 500.

As for the 2010 Mustang, it's just a new skin for MY2010 with minimal hardware changes.

What Ford needs to do:
Drop that EcoBoost V6 into the Focus and Fusion
Start using the new Coyote 5.0L V8 in the GT
Fix the chassis and suspension on the SHO
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:17:40 AM EST
Originally Posted By Cypher15:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.

lol thts not really the point though, its a purpose built car, not a street car


And not owned by Government Motors!
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:21:10 AM EST
Originally Posted By Regency:
Won't sell good if it did go to production.

Not road legal and will most likely be expensive especially after seeing what the engine is.



Wonder how much one will cost..
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:23:02 AM EST

Originally Posted By ChadG:
Originally Posted By Cypher15:

Originally Posted By Mattl:
Meh! Rather have Corvette ZR-1 or Gran Sport.

lol thts not really the point though, its a purpose built car, not a street car


And not owned by Government Motors!

Except Ford still happily took $5.9B of taxpayer dollars. It's just not called a "bailout" so the sheeple think everything's just fine and peachy.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 11:32:33 AM EST
[Last Edit: 11/3/2009 11:34:07 AM EST by Guess]

Originally Posted By metroplex:

Except Ford still happily took $5.9B of taxpayer dollars.

Oh, you mean the loan to help retool 5 plants in order to meet the govt imposed fuel efficiency standards? That will be paid back. That wasn't anything close to resembling a bailout. Let's see if we see any money paid back by GM/Chrsyler.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 12:32:02 PM EST

Originally Posted By Guess:

Originally Posted By metroplex:

Except Ford still happily took $5.9B of taxpayer dollars.

Oh, you mean the loan to help retool 5 plants in order to meet the govt imposed fuel efficiency standards? That will be paid back. That wasn't anything close to resembling a bailout. Let's see if we see any money paid back by GM/Chrsyler.
ding ding ding

it was a true loan.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 3:32:54 PM EST
I hope a Chevy notices and modifies a Camaro...

Never gonna happen with .gov owning Chevy.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 3:47:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By metroplex:

Originally Posted By Kuraki:
I'm also lusting after one of these babies for grocery getting:

http://cache.gawker.com/assets/images/jalopnik/2009/01/2010_Ford_Taurus_SHO.jpg


God damn Ford is awesome.

The SHO is full of fail. For $45k you get a car that is slower than a stock Cobalt SS turbocharged in the straight line. The SHO's about as fast or slower than a stock 05-2010 Mustang GT. The SHO suffers excessive understeer, poor agility, and lackluster braking. It weighs too much and Ford didn't do anything to fix the handling. The Taurus is still the same old lame 500.

As for the 2010 Mustang, it's just a new skin for MY2010 with minimal hardware changes.

What Ford needs to do:
Drop that EcoBoost V6 into the Focus and Fusion
Start using the new Coyote 5.0L V8 in the GT
Fix the chassis and suspension on the SHO


For that much coin, I think I'd rather have something that starts with a B and ends with MW. Or an Audi.

I know it's a domestic, but it shouldn't suck like that.

And the EcoBoost in the smaller cars would be a hoot.
Link Posted: 11/3/2009 4:23:39 PM EST
Ford did this in late 1969. At the 1970 NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Ford showed up with about a dozen new spic-and-span gleaming white and Ford blue semis, loaded with late year Cobra-Jets. All the pure white Mustangs had the 428 normally aspirated engine. They ran cars in every single Super Stock category from SS/A and SS/A auto, to SS/M - SS/M auto, no less than 26 cars! The cars all had a slightly different combination of HP and weight, to put them at the very top of their class competitively. When the racing was done three days later, Ford walked away with almost every single trophy and in some cases, two Fords ended up racing in the finals.

IIRC, Ford had to sell 500 of the hot-rods to the general public to make race day. I suspect that most or all of them went to Ford staff around the country. They were NOT street legal.

This Ford is a very hot machine. It looks like it will go like the devil and cost a ton in insurance too. I'll bet it is not for the street.
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