Ford Brings Out the 40th Anniversary Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet
By Brendan Moore
While there is a lot of doom and gloom surrounding the auto industry these days, the things the companies usually do continue in the background, muted by the noise being generated by the grindingly awful economic news.
One of those things the companies are still doing is supporting racing of their machinery.
With that in mind, Ford, specifically Ford Racing, has just rolled their 40th Anniversary Mustang Cobra Jet specially built drag-racing car off the production line.
Some of the fondest memories of my misspent youth came about in a stock-looking 1968 Mustang GT fastback that my friend’s engineer father had taken apart in the Seventies, then considerably upgraded with all the bits from a Cobra Jet race car. Voila! A drag-racer for the streets.
Not that we ever engaged in any crazy shenanigans like that.
These Mustang Cobra Jets are sold with serial numbers, but those serial numbers are not legal VIN numbers, so you can forget about ordering one and then making some money on the informal racing circuit – you can’t license these Mustangs for the road.
Interestingly, Ford wasn’t even going to make this car until someone had an idea eight months ago to bring back the racer. Eight months of hard work by the Blue Oval Boys later, the first finished car is rolling off the line, ready for its new owner. By the way, that new owner getting the keys in the photo is Brent Hajek, owner of Hajek Motorsports, who will enter four of the new CJ’s at the 2009 Winternationals at Pomona, Calif. in February. The guy in the suit is Brian Wolfe, Director of Ford Racing Technology.
Brent looks happy, doesn’t he?
For your viewing pleasure, we have included Ford’s official press release, which also has a list of equipment for the Cobra Jet.
In 1968, Ford took the NHRA Winternationals by storm with the Cobra Jet Mustang. Only 50 factory lightweights were built, and in its first appearance, the Cobra Jet won. Forty years after this historic event, Ford Racing is happy to announce that the legend continues with a new NHRA-legal race car – the 2008 Cobra Jet Mustang!
The 2008 Ford Racing Cobra Jet (FR500CJ) is a factory-built race car (serialized but no VIN), ready for the drag strip with only minor additional prep required. It is available for order from any Ford dealer as a Ford Racing part. Following are key Ford Racing components to help define this exciting new race car:
5.4 Cobra Jet engine
Cobra Jet cold air kit
Cobra Jet bell housing
6-speed manual or 3-speed automatic transmission with SFI bell housing
Stainless steel long-tube racing headers
9″ rear axle assembly
One piece driveshaft drive shaft
Single hoop drive shaft loop
Cobra Jet rear control arms and anti-roll bar
Ford Racing adjustable dampers
Drag race spring kit
Cobra Jet wheels — 15″ x 4″ (front), 15″ x 10″ (rear)
Painted Cobra Jet body in white
Cobra Jet hood scoop
Cobra Jet Lexan backlight
Flush quarter window louvers
5″ pedestal tachometer
SVT Mustang short-throw shifter with black shift knob and handle
Cobra Jet seat package
Visit www.fordracingparts.com for more information.
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