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.