Dealers may have leaked some of the information weeks ago, but Ford officially pulled the wraps off the revised 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang this morning.
Like the 2008 and 2010 Cobra Jet Mustangs before it, the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustang is purpose-built to be a competitive, turn-key drag racer. Each car is not only eligible to compete in the National Hot Rod Association’s Stock and Super Stock classes, but can also contend in select classes organized by other sanctioning bodies, including the NMRA, NMCA, PSCA, and IHRA.
As has been the case with the prior two Cobra Jet models, the 2012 car begins life as a base V-6 coupe, but is then stripped of all creature comforts and packed with a ton of racing equipment. The interior almost entirely gutted, making way for a race seat, harness, and a roll cage built to the NHRA’s specification for cars capable of blasting through the quarter mile in 8.5 seconds.
We’ve yet to see official quarter mile times for the new 2012 Cobra Jet, but we wouldn’t be surprised if the car is mildly quicker than the previous 2010 model. A supercharged 5.4-liter V-8 still provides motive power, but the engine is now blessed with an aluminum block, Manley H-beam rods, and a double-keyed crankshaft snout. Ford says that combination is capable of throwing down 430 horsepower, which is channeled through a reinforced three-speed automatic transmission to a new 9-inch rear axle with a 4.29:1 drive ratio. Not enough power? Buyers can also opt for a larger supercharger package, which boosts output into the 500-horsepower range (a finalized figure has yet to be released).
Other modifications for 2012 include new low-drag racing brakes from Strange Engineering, new anodized wheels sourced from Weld Racing, special DR compound Cobra Jet tires provided by Goodyear, and some mild chassis revisions. Cobra Jets continue to receive specific spring rates and adjustable dampers, but 2012 models also feature a revised rear suspension design, with modified upper- and lower control arm mounts.
Ford has previously limited production totals of prior Cobra Jet models, and the 2012 iteration is no exception. The automaker plans on building 50 examples between February and March 2011, each running buyers roughly $91,900. Opting for the supercharger kit adds another $9995 to that price tag, while an enhanced body graphics package runs $1995. The ordering process is a first-come, first-serve affair, and if tradition continues, Ford will sell this entire production run in no time.
No matter — if you miss out on the turnkey cars, you may be able to build your own. The company also announced the new Cobra Jet Competition Roller model, which is built to CJ specs but without an engine or transmission. Pricing for the DIY Cobra Jet is set at $49,995, but buyers will need to source an engine, engine harness, intake and exhaust system, and transmission separately.