All-electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype Ueeds test target, makes public debut to US NHRA nationals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., September 3, 2020 – Designed to shatter towering performance targets without using a drop of fuel, the all-electric Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 prototype covered a quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168 miles per hour and hit 1,502 peak horsepower in recent private development tests.
This is equivalent to the combined power of more than three 2021 Mustang GT V8 engines. Developed by Ford Performance alongside the recently unveiled Mustang Mach-E 1400 prototype, both cars were built to demonstrate the technological capabilities and innovative skills of Ford in EV technologies.
“Since we unveiled the car we have continued to fine-tune it and now know that we are only scratching the surface of what we might be able to achieve with so much electric power in a drag racing setting. “said Mark Rushbrook, Global Director, Ford Performance Motorsports.
Ford Performance worked with Cascadia Motion to power the Cobra Jet 1400. With four PN-250-DZR inverters mated to a pair of DS-250-115s, giving four motors in total and spinning at up to 10,000 rpm. These motor-drive assemblies operate at 800 volts and up to 700 amps, with a maximum power of 350 kW per motor.
To handle such a powerful powertrain, AEM-EV and Ford Performance jointly developed an advanced data and control system that includes a control algorithm unique to the Cobra Jet 1400. The amount of power also required a different approach with Chassis tuning strategies, which MLe, Ford’s construction and integration collaborator for the project, provided with input from longtime Ford Performance Cobra Jet Build collaborators at Watson.
“It has been a great but exciting project for all of us at Ford Performance,” said Rushbrook. “The opportunities to learn with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, as well as the recently introduced Mustang Mach-E 1400, give us excellent insight into what might be possible in high performance all-electric vehicles for Ford at the to come up. We are very interested in continuing to work with the NHRA to determine how electrification can be part of the sport and to show the Cobra Jet 1400 at full power in due course as the regulations evolve.
US nationals are the perfect venue to present the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, where the car will be driving for the first time in public this weekend. Ford NHRA Funny Car driver Bob Tasca III will drive the prototype in showcase against Tony Pedregon, two-time Funny Car champion and FOX broadcaster, who will drive one of Ford’s Mustang Cobra Jets internal combustion engines, proven winners in the ranks of the NHRA athletes.
“Drag racing has always been where Detroit proves its most advanced powertrains,” said Brad Gerber, NHRA vice president of sales and director of development. “US Nationals are the sport’s premier step to reach enthusiasts who wish to gain a glimpse of future performance vehicle technology. Our fans are fascinated by power in all its forms, and the electrification of a iconic vehicle like the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 shows that innovation at Ford Motor Company never stops. We look forward to seeing the Cobra Jet 1400 and continuing discussions with Ford on the future of electrification in racing. dragsters. “
See the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 in action this weekend at the US NHRA Nationals on FS1 and FOX TV, as well as on the nhra.tv livestream.