We are lucky enough to have inside access with Ford Racing Parts; they often make us aware of new products that are scheduled to be released before the general public knows about them, and from time to time we’re shown cool new projects with the specific directive that we keep them under wraps. For this one, though – we’re free to share. Recently Ford had the 2014 Cobra Jet development mule out for testing, and decided to strap a couple of GoPro cameras to the body. It was the first test of the 2014 model, and the FRPP team traveled all the way down to South Georgia Motorsports Park for a week of testing.
The car is powered by the now-familiar 5.0L Ti-VCT engine topped off with a 2.9L Whipple/Ford Racing supercharger. New for 2014 is the C3 automatic transmission featuring a Reid aluminum case and new gear set, built by Joel’s on Joy in Detroit. Unique to the new CJ is the sweet matte black paint finish available only on these cars – not the mainstream Mustang. At this time, the Ford Racing team is not prepared to share any testing numbers, but if past accomplishments are any indication of future performance, mid-eight-second elapsed times or quicker are on the horizon for the new machine. Evan Smith and Ford Racing chassis engineer Andy Vrenko were on-site in the driver’s seat, and after a complete week of testing, the Ford Racing team now has tons of data to digest before the cars are sold to the general public. Production is scheduled for sometime this summer, and hopefully at that time we’ll be able to show you some of the behind-the-scenes action that happens in the Flat Rock assembly facility. For now, enjoy the sights and sounds of wheels-up Cobra Jet prototype goodness on the dragstrip.