The first 2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet rolled off the assembly line last week, and thankfully Autoblog was on hand to get some pictures and video of the car rumbling to life. The factory-built, track-only drag racer comes with all the necessary equipment to take it straight from the factory to the track including racing slicks, roll bar and a powerful, supercharged engine under the hood. For the 2012 model year, Ford is building only 50 of the track-only Mustang Cobra Jets, officially called the M-FR500-CJ, which are already sold out despite a starting price that ranges from $91,990 up to $103,980.
Under the massive raised hood sits Ford’s new aluminum-block 5.4-liter V-8 which is built to withstand the stresses of drag racing with features such as a double keyed crankshaft and a set of Manley H-beam connecting rods. This engine can be fitted with a choice of two superchargers: a 2.3-liter TVS supercharger or a 4.0-liter Whipple supercharger from Ford Racing. Horsepower is rated at 425 hp, but it probably wouldn’t take too much to increase that number. Despite what many would perceive as a low hp rating for such a performance car, that number is meaningless compared to the quarter mile time.
Built solely for the drag strip, Ford says the Cobra Jet can get out of the gate hitting the 60-foot mark in just 1.3 seconds and run a full quarter mile in under 10 seconds. According to Ford, this makes the Mustang CJ the quickest production car ever.
Even more impressive than the car’s performance is the fact that it is built alongside the production Mustang models at Ford’s Auto Alliance International assembly plant located in Flat Rock, Mich. For those who already have a potent powertrain, Ford Racing will also offer customers the option to purchase a rolling chassis version of the 2012 CJ or even a body-in-white Mustang.
Your move, Chevrolet.
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