2012 Ford Mustang Jet Cobra - Info and Crashes
It seems each year Ford Racing finds new ways to make the Mustang Jet Cobra Concept even better. This year, Ford added their renowned EcoBoost engine. This car can now be seen at car shows and on Youtube in the form of a spectacular drag strip crash.
First, the crash. A lot can be said about this one like why did he turn the wheel and how do you drag this car without losing control? While those questions do arise, it is simply fun to watch that video. Check out this other video from inside the car.
Now on to the car, the Mustang Jet Cobra used to have 5.0 liter V8 engines that often came with a 2.9 liter Whipple Supercharger. Switching this out with the turbochargers that the EcoBoost engine provides is supposed to increase power and a faster trap time according to an article on Rushlane.com. It also states that sources have said the car weighs around 3,000 pounds with an expected top speed above 150.
These types of cars are sure fun to look at, but it is a waiting game to see if they actually make it into production.
"When a new generation of Cobra Jets arrived four decades later, they immediately began winning with a modern, fuel-injected 5.4-liter V8 topped with a belt-driven supercharger," Jesse Kershaw said in a press release, Ford drag racing competition manager. "Over the past four years, the Cobra Jet has gone on to become both a fan and competitor favorite, the most successful late-model vehicle in drag racing."
The EcoBoost idea came right from the F-150 when turbocharger design and release engineer Dave Born joined the Cobra Jet team. He says, "When done right, turbocharging is just as good as or better than supercharging."
Answering any critics of turbochargers, Born says, ""To overcome the biggest perceived drawback of turbocharging – the lag – we've selected the smallest possible turbos that will give us the airflow we need. We've also got some other enhancements to help improve the responsiveness; we have very low inertia and very low internal friction."
What do you think? Is this the coolest Mustang ever?