Ford Celebrates Cobra Jet’s 50th Anniversary at the Woodward Dream Cruise

Bow Before The 8sec 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Bow Before The 8sec 50th Anniversary Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Ford debuted the 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet during the Woodward Dream Cruise in MI this week. Inside, the driver sits in FIA-certified racing seats and is protected by an NHRA-approved roll cage.

The Cobra Jet has been developed by the Ford Performance Parts team as a limited-edition turnkey race vehicle, in honor of the 50th anniversary of the original Mustang that used to drag race back in the late 1960s. Ford Mustang Cobra Jet has received a spring-hydraulic shock absorbers, allowing to adjust the ground clearance.

Modified by Ford Performance, the new 2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is claimed to be quickest-ever factory-approved Mustang made for drag racing. From 2009 to 2016, it's offered the auto every other year and has built 50 each time it's offered. To give you an idea, it will enable the auto to cover the quarter-mile in just eight seconds, and attain a top speed of more than 250 km/h (150 mph). In addition, the vehicle was equipped with roll cage and racing seats FIA-certified. On top of it is a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger, and power is sent rearward to a Ford 9-inch solid axle.

Strange Engineering has provided the low-drag brake system to haul everything down to a safe stop, aided by a standard parachute, required for cars expected to top 150 miles per hour in the quarter-mile. Four Cobra Jets participated in that season-opening race, won by Al Joniec at what's now known as Auto Club Raceway Pomona.

In other words, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary since the Cobra Jet racing program was introduced while also being the 10th anniversary of the modern program - a program which has seen the mighty Mustang win a whole lot of races.

Like previous Cobra Jets, the 2018 model has been created to be legal for National Hot Rod Association drag racing, along with several National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes. Only 68 of the cars will be produced - a nod to the 1968 original - and they'll be priced at $130,000 apiece.

Gary Gastelu is FoxNews.com's Automotive Editor.

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