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July '20

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80 THE SHOP JULY 2020 \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ t won't hurt your ears and doesn't use a drop of fuel, but it's pro- jected to crush the quarter-mile in the low-8-second range at more than 170 mph. For the first time ever, Ford Performance has introduced a one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric pro- pulsion. The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver more than 1,400 hp and over 1,100 pound-feet of instant torque to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain in one of the most demanding race environments. "Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation," said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Icons. "Elec- tric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We're excited to showcase what's possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family." To maximize the efficiency and effec- tiveness of the project, Ford Performance teamed up with several specialized sup- pliers, including: • MLe Racecars – vehicle builder, designer, integrator & tuner • Watson Engineering – chassis support & development, roll cage builder • AEM EV – software & motor calibra- tion & controls • Cascadia – inverter and motor supplier The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 honors the original Cobra Jet that first competed at drag strips in the late 1960s and remains a major force in Sportsman drag racing today. "This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into," said Mark Rush- brook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. "We saw the Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start devel- oping electric powertrains in a race car package that we already had a lot of experi- ence with, so we had performance bench- marks we wanted to match and beat right now. This has been a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports." Ford Performance continues to test the Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut, which will hopefully be later this year at a drag racing event where fans, media and competitors alike will get to meet the race car, as well as see exactly what it's capable of up on the asphalt. It was also featured in MotorTrend On Demand's Hard Cell, a showcase of electric vehicles pushing innovation boundaries. This article was originally published on our website, theshopmag.com. Visit today and sign up for the free eNewsletter that's delivered straight to your inbox daily and includes the new monthly Key Performance Indicators report. Electric Cobra Jet Prototype Ready for the Drag Strip I \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\ ONE MORE THING... A one-off Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer with all-electric propulsion is ready to hit the strip. The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype is purpose-built and projected to deliver more than 1,400 hp and over 1,100 pound-feet of instant torque to demonstrate the capabilities of an electric powertrain.

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