Supercharged 50th Anniversary Cobra Jet Will Be The Quickest Yet

In 1968 Ford unleashed a purposed-built racer on the world, and the record books have never been the same. Some 50 years later the company’s performance division will celebrate this golden anniversary with a limited run of 2018 Cobra Jet Mustangs legal for racing in NHRA, NMCA, and NMRA classes.

The Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades… — Eric Cin, Ford

Packing projected mid-8-second/150-MPH potential courtesy of a supercharged 5.2-liter engine, a robust drivetrain, and a drag-ready suspension, Ford Performance promises this next-gen Cobra Jet will be its quickest straight-line pony yet.

Ford Performance only shared one teaser rendering of the 50th anniversary CJ, but closer inspection reveals an airy grille, a cowl-induction hood, aerodynamic hood pins, and a familiar 2018 Mustang fascia. The grille wears a 50th anniversary badge.

“From the very first Mustang Cobra Jets dominating the 1968 NHRA Winternationals to our modern-day Cobra Jet racers, the Ford Performance Parts team continues to build the Cobra Jet brand based on its success at the track over five decades,” Eric Cin, global director, Ford Performance Parts, said. “That, in turn, has inspired generations of Mustang fans to create their own performance machines for the street.”

2018 Cobra Jet Features

• 50th anniversary badging

• Drag race-specific coil-over suspension

• Four-link rear suspension

• NHRA-certified roll cage

• Optional commemorative 50th anniversary graphics package

• Oxford White or Race Red paint

• Racetech FIA seats

Strange Engineering 9-inch solid rear axle

• Supercharged 5.2-liter Coyote V8

Weld Racing wheels with specially designed 50th anniversary badging

Appropriately, only 68 of these anniversary editions are set for construction in the 2018 model year. These cars will only be available in Oxford White or Race Red, and they can be optioned up with a special 50th anniversary graphics package.

Look for the reveal of more details about this turnkey drag racer this summer.

About the author

Steve Turner

Steve Turner brings decades of passion and knowledge in the world of Ford performance, having covered it for over 20 years. From the swan song of the Fox Mustang to the birth of the Coyote, Steve had a front-row seat.
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