The Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show is well-known for its vehicle debuts. And this year’s great attraction at SEMA was Ford Racing’s Twin-Turbo powered Ford Cobra Jet Project Mustang. For the first time ever Ford Racing has equipped its factory-built turn-key drag racer with a turbocharged engine. The new twin-turbo Mustang Cobra Jet is much better and more powerful than its predecessors.
Ford debuted the original Cobra Jet Mustangs back in 1968. Since then slowly but steadily, the Cobra Jet started to become a successful and popular drag racing car. However, the biggest change for the 2013 Cobra Jet is the availability of two 5.0-liter V8 engine that come in either naturally aspirated or supercharged variants. The supercharger requires 100 horsepower just to turn the 2.9-liter blower. Besides, the 2013 Cobra Jet will have a lighter body, electric power steering, a new roll cage and new suspension geometry that allows for quicker launches.
Full specs of the the twin-turbo Mustang Cobra Jet (At A Glance) :
- Twin Turbo 5.0L Cobra Jet Engine Concept
- 5.0L (302 cubic inches)
- 92.2mm Bore x 92.7mm Stroke
- 9.5:1 compression ratio
- Proprietary Speed Density Engine Control Software and Calibration
- Dual Twin Borg Warner EFR turbochargers 71mm Compressor Wheel and 58mm Turbine Wheel with integral waste gate and bypass valve.
- Forged and anodized pistons with Grafal coated skirts
- Manley H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts
- Watson Engineering 304 Stainless steel headers
- Dual 4 ½ inch thick Spearco Intercoolers
- Aeromotive Fuel System
- Trinity Motorsports Carbon Fiber Air Induction Tube
- Livernois Motorsport Valve Springs
- ATI SFI Approved Crank Damper
The twin-turbo Cobra Jet project is still in progress. However at the end of SEMA show Ford said that Ford Racing engineers will continue to develop both the performance and durability of the twin-turbo Cobra Jet. But it’s not clear whether Ford will release a twin-turbo version for customer purchase or not.