At the upcoming SEMA 2009 tuning show in Las Vegas, FoMoCo is going to present its new 2010 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet FR500CJ drag racer, a sequel of the last year’s 2008 Mustang Cobra Jet limited edition model. Perhaps, the ugliest Mustang you have ever seen although, being a custom cruiser enthusiast for many years, I can somehow get the appeal of a car that seems to be deliberately exaggerating most of its weakest design points just in order to look the baddest-ass hardest-case on the block.
Based current fifth-generation Ford Mustang muscle car, the Cobra Jet FR500CJ comes powered by a supercharged 5.4-liter V8 engine with a maximum power output of 475 hp.
This is especially impressive if you compare it to the recently introduced face-lift model where even the top of the line Mustang GT, which is powered by a 4.6-liter V8 was power plant delivers no more than 315 hp @6000 rpm and 325 lb-ft (441 Nm) of torque available at 4255 rpm. Of course, the car still needs to undergo serious independent testing: balancing maximum power with good handling in tight corners was never an easy task, especially for American brands, but on the paper this new rocket on wheels is absolutely stunning. Just try not to look at it.
Later, there will also be a much more powerful Super Cobra Jet model that has the same engine with a light-weight aluminum cylinder block and a bigger 4-liter Whipple supercharger. It is the larger blower that will come at a price of the ugly hump on its hood. Frankly, I hope that by the time production vehicles will start rolling from assembly line, Ford will figure something out and come with a better looking hood. Because, at this time, this one looks like either an example of cheap garage tuning or an afterthought, which is absolutely unacceptable when it comes to such a huge brand.
The main reason I am bitching here is that the last year’s Shelby GT500KR with a similar contraption on the hood looked absolutely stunning (albeit a bit too heavy on the front side, well, nobody’s perfect) and I see no reason why they couldn’t have done something as impressive fir this new Super Cobra Jet.
Designed to participate in official NHRA Stock and Super Stock racings, the Cobra Jet FR500CJ sports “a full race-prepared” manual or automatic transmissions, and will sell with drag race-specific shocks and springs, manual steering and brakes, 8.50 certified roll-cage, an Aeromitive return-style fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell, and a standard launch control/rev limiter.
It is not clear from the brand’s press release whether the car will be road-legal or not. However, the standard optics and a place for a registration plate give a glimmer of hope that one can actually use this monster for a street race. At least, once.
At this time, Ford plans to make only 50 Cobra Jets with prices ranging from $77,000 for a base model and reaching $95,000 for the fully loaded Cobra Super Jet with an aluminum engine.