Quite recently, Lucid Motors got its EV to run on the drag track. And now, Ford has also gotten one of its EV to run on the drag strip. This one, known by Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, can cover about a quarter portion of a mile in a whopping 8.27 seconds. The electric Mustang showcased an amazing speed of 168 miles per hour at its test run.
Come this weekend, Ford plans for a demo run of its latest EV at the NHRA US Nationals event. The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is going to be pitted against a gas-powered Cobra Jet. The EV Cobra Jet will be guided and controlled by Bob Tasca III, driver of Ford NHRA Funny Car. In contrast, the gas-powered Cobra Jet would be controlled and guided by Tony Pedregon, who has aced the Funny Car Championship twice apart from being a Fox Broadcaster. US viewers can catch up with the event that would be broadcasted on FS1 and Fox TV. It would also be live-streamed on NHRA.
Sometime in April this year, Ford had showcased the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, claiming it to be a completely electric vehicle. Not many details were available during that point in time. However, Ford maintained that this one was built with a unique prototype. Ford designed the Mustang Cobra Jet simultaneously along with its another EV called the Mach-E-1400. This one is a race car that again runs on high power.
Cascadia Motors assisted Ford in developing the powertrain of the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400. The EV is equipped with four motors whose spinning capacity is about 10,000 revolutions per minute. Each motor can give a power output of about 350 kilowatts. It implies that all the four motors when combined, can generate a total power of about 1400 horsepower (or 1044kW).
However, the Ford team, who is involved with the Mustang Cobra Jet, revealed that the EV hit a high of about 1520 HP at the wheels during the testing phase. With such a high horsepower value recorded during its test run, the testing targets were left far behind.
Along with so much power output, a torque of about 1100 pound-feet can also be generated by these motors.
Global director of Ford Performance Motorsports Mark Rushbrook went on to state, “Since revealing the car, we’ve continued to fine-tune it and now know we’re just scratching the surface of what we may be able to achieve with this much electric horsepower in a drag racing setting.”
It does seem to be a pretty good test run for an EV. Ford can plan out a few more runs with this one and can also design a proper set of specifications so that it can put the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 to race against the Chevrolet eCOPO Camaro race car.
Ford is also getting the Mach-E ready for launch. As one can see, automakers these days are launching mainly electric vehicles. So it would be interesting to see how engineers would create these EVs such that they exceed their performance limits.
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