Back in 2021, Bob Tasca III took an electric Ford Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1400 down the quarter-mile track at Summit Motorsports Park—clocking a tidy 8.128 second, 171.97 mph run and setting a NHRA World Record for a full-bodied electric vehicle in the process.
Now Ford’s got a new Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 and aspirations of shattering that record.
While the all-electric Super Cobra Jet 1800 uses the same quartet of PN-250-DZR inverters coupled to two double-stacked DS-250-115 motor pairings from Cascadia Motion as the previous 1400 edition, the 1800 gets a new transmission, updated suspension, a tweaked battery setup, and some other key upgrades.
Out back a revised rear end, updated suspension geometry, and a set of Mickey Thompson drag radials will help the Super Cobra Jet 1800 get off the line.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, the 1800 number refers to the car’s horsepower. So yeah, it’s got more juice too.
Long story short, the folks at Ford are pretty darn optimistic about their chances here.
“Our changes have made significant improvements to the car, including removing hundreds of pounds in weight and increasing horsepower to 1,800,” explained Mark Rushbrook, the global director of Ford Performance Motorsports.
But Ford isn’t just eyeing the NHRA record for a full-bodied electric vehicle, either. It plans to go after records for the fastest electric vehicle from zero to 60 mph and the fastest two-wheel drive electric vehicle from zero to 60 mph as well.
Ford says the Mustang Super Cobra Jet 1800 will start making its record attempts at an NHRA event later in 2023.