Ford says that its all-electric drag-focused Mustang has exceeded even its own expectations ahead of its public debut this weekend.

The Cobra Jet 1400 outperformed even its name, reaching a peak of 1,502 horsepower at the wheels and a top speed of 168 mph in the quarter-mile. That was enough to get it across the line in just 8.27 seconds.

"Since revealing the car, we’ve continued to fine-tune it and now know we're just scratching the surface of what we may be able to achieve with this much electric horsepower in a drag racing setting,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports.


There was so much power, says Ford, that its chassis tuners, MLe, had to completely reconsider its approach to setup. More importantly, though, AEM-EV, the outfit responsible for software on this project had to work with Ford Performance to develop its own advanced data and control systems for the Cobra Jet 1400. The result was a control algorithm unique to the car that helps drivers lay the power down without just burning through tires like Ken Block did in his rallycross Fiesta in Sweden.

Now, the Cobra Jet 1400 will have to manage all of those algorithms in front of a crowd when it makes its public debut at the NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis this weekend. It will be driven by Bob Tasca III, racing against an internal combustion Mustang Cobra Jet driven by two-time Funny Car champion Tony Pedregen.

Powered by four motors running at 800 volts and 700 amps, the Cobra Jet 1400 gets up to 350 kW per motor, which apparently cab be laid down pretty effectively.

"It's been a great but challenging project for all of us at Ford Performance,” said Rushbrook. “The opportunities to learn with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, as well as the Mustang Mach-E 1400 we recently introduced, gives us great insight into what may be possible in high-performance all-electric vehicles for Ford going forward. We are very interested in continuing to work with NHRA to determine how electrification can be part of the sport and to show off the Cobra Jet 1400 at max power in due course as regulations develop.”