2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet announced

Article by Christian Andrei, on December 12, 2010

Ford revealed that plans are in place to produce the 2012 Cobra Jet, a new version of the famous Cobra Jet turn-key racer. The new model will be based on the 2010 model and it will feature a new 5.4-liter V8 engine with a 2.3-liter TVS supercharger or an optional 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger.

It will also receive updates such as Manley H-beam connecting rods, Strange Engineering brakes, a double keyed crankshaft snout, and black anodized wheels with Goodyear tires.

George Goddu, Business Manager for Ford Racing, said that in building the Cobra Jet, the company aims to retain the spirit of the original Cobra Jet while coming up with the next generation of drag racing icon.

Goddu claims that when armed with the 2012 Cobra Jet, any enthusiast can be competitive at “virtually any event, from their local track up through NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes." Only 50 samples will be made of the 2012 Cobra Jet. Each unit has a starting price of $91,900.

Ford Racing Performance Group Business Manager George Goddu revealed that Ford Racing is honored to have built the 2012 Cobra Jet and thus, it is able to continue the tradition of providing the drag racing fans of Ford with competitive race cars. Goddu added that every Cobra Jet the company had built was done so with the intention of honoring the original model while still being able to develop the next generation drag racing models.

Those who got the chance to race in the 2012 Cobra Jet are sure to be competitive on almost every event, from the local track races and up to the Super Stock races or even the NHRA Stock. For many decades, the Mustang has had outstanding performance in different forms of racing, one example of which is drag racing. Both the 2008 and 2010 version of the Cobra Jet Mustang have not only managed to add to that history with high-profile victories during the U.S. Nationals and NHRA Winternationals but even set a number of records in the Stock and Super Stock class.

The aim of the 2012 Cobra Jet was to have a turn-key race car that would have its own place in the racing history of the NHRA. Like the 2008 and 2010 versions, the new factory-built model was meant to race in the NHRA Stock and Super Stock. It was also aimed to race at other sanctioned events like the IHRA, NMCA, NMRA, and PSCA. The 2012 model also has all of the different features that are found in the 2010 model.

These include the race-ready automatic transmission, manual steering and brakes, shock and springs customized for drag racing, and rollcage that has been 8.50 certified. It even has the return-style Aeromotive fuel system that has its fuel cell mounted on the trunk. Additional features of the 2012 Cobra Jet include the supercharged 5.4-liter engine mainly based on the brand’s 2011 SVT Mustang. It also offered two options for the supercharger with the first one being the 2.3-liter TVS unit and the other the 4.0-liter Ford Racing Whipple supercharger.

It also has an aluminum block engine that comes with the standard automatic transmission. The spring rates on the front and its rear have been optimized and the brakes have been made for low-drag racing. It also features the Manley H-beam connecting rods and double keyed crankshaft.

The Cobra jet has Weld Racing’s black anodized wheels while the compound tire has the distinct Cobra Jet brand made by Goodyear. Much like the 2010 Cobra Jet and the Mustang FR500S, the 2012 CJ is more than ready to race and was expected to start production in the first quarter of 2011 at the Auto Alliance International assembly plant located in Flat Rock, Michigan.

Fifty units of the 2012 Cobra Jet were manufactured on the same production line that built the 2012 Ford Mustang. The MSRP for the M-FR500-CJ was pegged at $91,900 while the fully loaded Cobra Jet was priced at $103,980.

Press Release

2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

Since its legendary introduction at the NHRA Winternationals in 1968, Ford's Cobra Jet Mustang has created a legacy of power, performance and triumph that has carried through the decades.

In 2008, Ford Racing unveiled the 40th Anniversary Cobra Jet Mustang, which promptly lived up to the legend of the original version, duplicating the NHRA Winternationals victory in its inaugural race. The subsequent 2010 Cobra Jet, built on the 2010 Mustang platform, has been setting class records and is competitive at drag strips across the country.

Today, Ford Racing unveiled the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Fla., and announced the intention to build fifty 50 turn-key 2012 CJ's. For the first time the Cobra Jet will be available in three color options – Race Red, Grabber Blue and Winner White -- and coordinated graphics.

"Ford Racing is proud to build the 2012 Cobra Jet and continue the tradition of delivering turn-key competitive race cars to Ford drag racing enthusiasts," said George Goddu, Business Manager Ford Racing Performance Group. "With every Cobra Jet build we strive to carry the spirit of the original Cobra Jet while developing the next generation of drag racing icon. The enthusiast who races the 2012 Cobra Jet can be competitive at virtually any event, from their local track up through NHRA Stock or Super Stock classes."

For decades, the Mustang has been the preeminent car in many forms of racing, including drag racing. The 2008 and 2010 Cobra Jet Mustang added to that legacy with high- profile wins at the NHRA Winternationals and U.S. Nationals, and by setting numerous Stock and Super Stock class records across the country.

The goal for the 2012 Cobra Jet is to build a turn-key race car ready to take its own place in NHRA history. Like its predecessors in 2008 and 2010 it's a factory-built race car intended for NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing that can also be campaigned in other racing sanctioning bodies such as NMRA, NMCA, PSCA and IHRA. The 2012 CJ will come with all of the features of the 2010 car including a full race-prepared automatic transmission, drag race-specific shocks and springs, manual steering and brakes, 8.50 certified rollcage, and an Aeromotive return-style fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell.

For 2012, the Cobra Jet features a 5.4L supercharged engine based on the 2011 SVT Mustang with two supercharger options, a 2.3 liter TVS unit or a 4.0 liter Ford Racing Whipple supercharger. Each vehicle has an aluminum block engine, standard automatic transmission, double keyed crankshaft, Manley H-beam connecting rods, low-drag racing brakes and optimized spring rates for the front and rear. Additionally the Cobra Jet will feature black anodized Cobra Jet wheels from Weld Racing and a new compound tire with unique Cobra Jet branding from Goodyear.

Like Ford Racing's Mustang FR500S and the 2010 Cobra Jet, this ready to race Mustang will get its start at the Auto Alliance International (AAI) assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. in the first quarter of 2011. The entire 50-car run of 2012 Cobra Jets will be built on the same production line that produces the 2012 Ford Mustang production car.

The MSRP for the M-FR500-CJ is $91,900 with a fully loaded Cobra Jet priced at $103,980.

For racers that want to build their own cars, there is a Mustang Competition Roller based on the Cobra Jet that is serialized and complete, minus the power train. The third option would be to start with a Mustang Body-In-White or a donor car since nearly all of the CJ components can be found in the Ford Performance Parts catalog found online at fordracingparts.com.
The limited production 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang is available on a first come order, first delivered basis through Ford dealers.

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