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2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet For 50th Anniversary

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By Dave Ashton

The Mustang is getting quite a bit of press at the moment with limited edition models and anniversaries. Now its the turn of the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet celebrating its 50th anniversary with a limited edition vehicle. Unveiled at this weekends Dream Cruise during Dream Cruise week, the car promises to be the fastest Mustang yet. After its unveiling it will go to the 50th Anniversary Ford Performance Cobra Jet Reunion at Summit Motorsports Park, Norwalk, Ohio with an expected 150 other vehicles on show.

Originally produced in 1968 from the brainchild of East Coast Ford dealer Bob Tasca (originator of ‘Win on Sunday, sell on Monday.’) limited to 50 models, with a 428ci. V8 Cobra Jet engine producing 335hp, it was built for NHRA Winternationals competition with Al Joniec leading one to victory.

Extensive specs. haven’t been released as yet, but it will have a special version of the Mustang’s 5.0-liter V8 with a 3.0-liter Whipple supercharger, 9-inch solid rear axle, two-way coil-over shocks, Strange Engineering low drag disc brake system and four link rear suspension producing a mid 8 second quarter mile time over 150 mph. Carbon fibre seems to be making an appearance on the hood looking at the images, which may make its way to other parts of the car.

Other enhancements include a NHRA-certified safety roll cage, Racetech FIA seats, anniversary-badged Weld Racing wheels and exclusive 50th Anniversary graphics and badging. Colors come in Race Red or Oxford White just like the original.

The car will not be street legal but built specifically for National Hot Rod Association, National Mustang Racers Association and National Muscle Car Association classes. Pricing starts at $130,000 and will be limited to just 68 models to honor its original build year. No official horsepower ratings given as yet, but comparisons with the Dodge Demon may be popping up for the best dragstrip monster. The new Cobra Jet is not street legal and is much more limited to 68 models, but once horsepower ratings are revealed it will add fuel to the fire in the ultimate horsepower wars.


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