2018 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

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It’s been a half-century since the first Ford Mustang Cobra Jet was unleashed on the world, dominating the competition at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals.

Now, on its 50th anniversary, Ford Performance introduces the fastest Cobra Jet to date—a track-only pony car capable of mid-eight-second ETs in the quarter-mile, crossing the lights at over 150 mph.

In addition to the Cobra Jet, 2018 marks the 50th anniversary of Summit Racing, click here for some historical retrospectives. 

Before we go any further, let’s be clear. This is a track-only turnkey race car, purpose-designed and built for specific NHRA, NMCA, and NMRA competition classes. They won’t have VIN numbers and, as such, can’t be driven on the street.

Under the Cobra Jet’s hood is a supercharged 5.2L Coyote V8. The chassis now boasts a unique four-link rear suspension, ditching the stock Mustang’s independent rear suspension to accommodate a Ford nine-inch rear axle.

The new CJ also receives an NHRA-approved roll cage, special Weld wheels, racing seats, and 50th anniversary badging.

The bad news? Ford’s only going to produce 68 of them (see what they did there?). You can order yours in Race Red or Oxford White, with an optional 50th-Anniversary graphics package.

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