My mind wanders to 1978 when I think of the King Cobra. A performance/graphics package for the Mustang II, it was mostly bark with little bite despite a standard 302 and 4-speed manual. However, Ford has announced an all-new King Cobra package at SEMA for the Mustang GT equipped with Ford Racing’s “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack” supercharger kit to give the King Cobra 600+ horsepower.
“At Ford Racing, we like to push cars to their absolute limit,” says the director of Ford Racing, Jamie Allison. “This is something we have been doing for 113 years and why we were so excited to get our hands on the all-new, 2015 Mustang.”
This one-off SEMA concept showcases Ford Racing’s first performance package for the new-gen Mustang. The Drag Pack includes heavy-duty half shafts and a rear sub-frame kit with pre-installed high-performance bushings. The latter improves traction under hard acceleration.
The Handling Pack lowers the car approximately one inch via front and rear lowering springs, with the front springs on pre-assembled struts. The Handling Pack also includes rear shocks and a stabilizer bar kit.
The Super Pack comes with the 2.3L Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger assembly, which was developed in conjunction with ROUSH Performance. Also included is a six-rib belt drive system, intake manifold, electronic throttle body, air inlet system, fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, complete air-to-liquid intercooler system, and Ford Racing performance computer calibration.
“We wanted Mustang enthusiasts to be able to open up the Ford Racing parts catalog and get one of everything and see what they could get. We think the King Cobra package is it. But none of this great work would be possible if Team Mustang had not built the best production Mustang yet,” adds Allison.
And what do all those modifications spell? Ford Racing recently took a Mustang GT equipped with the King Cobra package to Milan Dragway in Michigan, where the car pulled an 10.97 ET.