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Old 12-22-2008, 02:23 PM   #1
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The latest speed demon from Ford Racing, the Cobra Jet Mustang, is a lock to be a collector’s item--but at least four of them are sure to light up their tires and make it down the strip.

An Oklahoma enthusiast, Brent Hajek, bought the first 10 and plans to enter four at the NHRA Winternationals at Pomona, Calif., in February. That’s the idea, Ford Racing says, as it wants to get the limited-run cars in the hands of sportsman racers and reestablish the Mustang among drag fans.

The Cobra Jet was first unveiled at SEMA in November, and Hajek got the keys to the first car Dec. 18 at Roush Industries in suburban Detroit, the site of final assembly.

Only 50 will be made in the first year--and they’re sold out. They get a supercharged 5.4-liter, 400-hp engine paired with a six-speed manual transmission or an optional three-speed automatic, an NHRA-legal interior and the car weighs just 3,300 pounds. Ford Racing says it’s expected to be able to run in the 10-second range.

The Cobra Jet also is outfitted with a crankshaft damper, racing headers, a one-piece driveshaft, a drag spring kit and a nine-inch rear axle assembly. The wheels measure 15 inches by 4 inches in the front, and the back are 15 inches by 10 inches.

The cars are painted white and have hood scoops and optional exterior graphics. Inside, there’s a five-inch pedestal tachometer, a SVT short-throw shifter and Cobra Jet seat package.

The cars cost $69,900, and deliveries are expected to begin in the first quarter of next year, though they're being called 2008 models. Ford is looking at bringing back the car in 2010, said Brian Wolfe, director of Ford Racing technology. They’ll likely remain low-volume in the future, with perhaps 50 being produced per year.

Though collectors are likely angling for the cars, Wolfe expects at least half of the first year’s allotment will make it to the drag circuit for display or competition--which is the whole point of the Cobra Jet.

“We were looking for a way in the sportsman classes to engage cars that people are driving today,” Wolfe said.

The car begins life at Ford’s Flat Rock, Mich., plant with street Stangs before the bodies-in-white make it over to the nearby Roush plant. Development took about eight months.

The Cobra Jet, also known as the FR500CJ, is the latest speedster from Ford Racing. The series also includes the FR500S, the FR500C and the FR500GT, which are built with Ford performance parts and can be ordered through dealers.

The new car also marks the 40th anniversary of the original Cobra Jet, which was the brainchild of drag legend Bob Tasca, a Rhode Island car dealer with a taste for competition. His conversion package got the attention of Henry Ford II, who had the Blue Oval assemble several Mustangs in the same fashion. Tasca’s grandson, Bob Tasca III, drives a Mustang Funny Car in the NHRA series.

At the 1968 Winternationals, two Mustangs made the finals, and Al Joniec won the Super Stock championship. Afterwards, Ford announced plans to build the 428-cid engine.

Hajek, meanwhile, remains happy with the modern version. After the Winternationals, he’s aiming to set a class record with the Cobra Jet at another event, and is considering outfitting one of his 10 cars with an E-85 engine.

“It’s cool, man--it’s like living a dream,” he said shortly after receiving the keys
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Old 12-22-2008, 02:39 PM   #2
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69 grand for a shell and an engine and a 3 speed auto? Really!? ... mustang people are delusional to the point of lunacy. At least they cater to their key demographic, drag racers. I think I would spend 25 grand on a stock Mustang GT, strip it at a cost of 0 dollars to me. Slap a competition suspension on it.

now the only question is can I build an engine that makes 400HP for FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS?

Seriously, this is lunacy....
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Old 12-22-2008, 03:25 PM   #3
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The car... Very cool, it's a special edition Mustang that isn't just a trim package.

The Price tag... Well, I'm going to agree with Scrappydo, what the hell are they smoking?
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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Still though, price and Special edition status aside. I think it's pretty awesome that a car company in this day and are are selling all out race cars. Pretty sweet.
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Old 12-22-2008, 04:05 PM   #5
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Very cool and with a price that isn't too bad for a 10 second car that meets all the required safety/power standards for the class.

However with the price of Dodge's track Challenger and the $7k Camaro chassis.... That $70k price tag might make the others more marketable....

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Old 12-22-2008, 04:06 PM   #6
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Yay another effing flavor of mustang vanilla this time with an extra uber overpriced cone. Way to Turn it all around Ford... I guess the recurring motto is if you're broke don't fix it. Not when there's all this pity money to wipe the tears away.

Dude who bought all ten looks like fat bastards brother from a southern mother.
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Old 12-23-2008, 02:50 AM   #7
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so it makes 100 less hp than the gt500? uh, why?
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gawd that monster tach is fugly
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Old 12-23-2008, 07:23 AM   #9
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gawd that monster tach is fugly
No no , every redneck hotrod is required to have an autometer 5 1/4" tach with a shift light...hell I had one on my trans am when I was 19
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Old 12-23-2008, 08:40 AM   #10
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I agree that the tach is awful, but it's kind of ironic to hear such a complaint from a sport compact car forum...


Price tag is indeed absurd. Kind of a shame, it's otherwise pretty cool.
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so it makes 100 less hp than the gt500? uh, why?
prob a typo?... i dont see how it can run 10s with just 400 hp when its 3300 lb.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:18 AM   #12
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There's no way I would spend $70K on this, but that fact that they are all sold out, means that it was priced right. Also, it will be considered a collectors car which will be sold for X times the original price in 20-30 years, mean while, the owner gets to enjoy racing it. Much more fun investment than a 401K.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:59 AM   #13
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It seems like there are people that think otherwise; the article states that all units to be produced are spoken for...
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There's no way I would spend $70K on this, but that fact that they are all sold out, means that it was priced right. Also, it will be considered a collectors car which will be sold for X times the original price in 20-30 years, mean while, the owner gets to enjoy racing it. Much more fun investment than a 401K.
Sorry, but these will not be a collector car in 20 to 30 years, they will be in a junkyard rusting. Collector cars are not named at birth, they are earned because they made a mark on the automotive landscape. They left an impression of some sort that has timeless appeal. To announce a car to be a collectors item at inception is one of two things, a marketing ploy, or ignorance.

With the rash of mustangs hitting the road today we are awash with special edition this or that, this will be a speck on the landscape.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:28 PM   #15
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You saw the guy that bought the first ten right? Git er dun!?! 300 pound beef fed man with nut splitting wranglers over wal~mart shoes and a letterman's jacket likely stitched from the very same beef stock.
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if this was turbo awd 4 cyl's all you dorks would be all over it.

cool, but over priced.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:32 PM   #17
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Sorry, but these will not be a collector car in 20 to 30 years, they will be in a junkyard rusting. Collector cars are not named at birth, they are earned because they made a mark on the automotive landscape. They left an impression of some sort that has timeless appeal. To announce a car to be a collectors item at inception is one of two things, a marketing ploy, or ignorance.

With the rash of mustangs hitting the road today we are awash with special edition this or that, this will be a speck on the landscape.
i agree

to me a collector car is something like a 2.5RS, 91-94 turbo legacys, galant vr4's..

or something like the old 67 camaros..
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:58 PM   #18
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Well, I would not think a 91-94 legacy turbo gets to collector status very easily. Look at what import cars are considered collectors. 240Z's, 2000gt's, early roadsters, and more modern cars like the Supra's, RX-7 TT. I would not put the 300ZX TT on that list just yet. The styling must be a thing of timelessness. Not necessarily beauty, but timeless none the less. A 69 Camaro will be as beautiful today as it was when it was new. Its lines are perfect and never look dated or a relic of bad taste. The RS, the legacy and galant are all very forgettable cars in the styling catagory. Of those, the RS's may reach the cult status of perhaps an AE86, but will never reach Vintage collectible as a 67 camaro.

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the only car in that list that is considered a real collector, imo, is the 2000gt, cause those things fetch a stupid premium. but hey, im not the type to call a 69 camaro or mustang a collector.

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if this was turbo awd 4 cyl's all you dorks would be all over it.
ppl on this forum sure has a thing for laggy 4cyl turbos... i originally bought my car as a winter beater than realized there is a huge cult thinking 4-cyl turbo is the greatest idea ever...

seriously though... awd is nice to have when u have a lot of snow days. but what good is the 4-cyl turbo that has little power below 3500 rpm? i still dont get it... and no one seems to know the answer either except for comments like "get DP and tune and it can do 12s i swear!" or "mustangs are s**t!"...
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:22 PM   #21
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turbo 4 bangers are great for inexpensive fun. They are a product of necessity. Other countries needed smaller displacement engines for tax laws, and the turbo 4 banger was born. The benefit to this country is we get these fun little cars.

Truth be told, they are fantastic little engines that are usable for many many applications... heck the whole world cant be wrong. The only place turbo 4 bangers get any flack is here in the land of straight roads and land barges.
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ppl on this forum sure has a thing for laggy 4cyl turbos... i originally bought my car as a winter beater than realized there is a huge cult thinking 4-cyl turbo is the greatest idea ever...

seriously though... awd is nice to have when u have a lot of snow days. but what good is the 4-cyl turbo that has little power below 3500 rpm? i still dont get it... and no one seems to know the answer either except for comments like "get DP and tune and it can do 12s i swear!" or "mustangs are s**t!"...
i hear where you're coming from. I'm not knockin turbo-4s, they're great, but after you drive a Z06 or better yet a ZR1, Viper, Ford GT...MY GOD you get SO SPOILED from LOW END TORQUE! That's what happened to me. I'm a torque whore now! Torque slammed me into my seat, it pulled me out of those corners, and it "makes me feel fast." I'm glad here in the US we don't tax HP or engine displacement, or our engines would be more similar to the rest of the world.ah we 'mericans are spoiled although those days are numbered..
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The 400hp hp rating is obviously BS. It's likely they rated the max hp at a low RPM like they used to do in the hayday of muscle cars like the 426 hemi. It probably makes 400rwhp...and about 250hp at the left rear wheel.
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if this was turbo awd 4 cyl's all you dorks would be all over it.

cool, but over priced.
Yeah, not really. I'd be asking, "Why no GT-R?".

Each and every time one of these $60K "special edition" Mustangs come out, I look at it, I ponder for a second, then dutifully nod my head and say, "Yep, I'd take a base model C6 over that...and that... and that".
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ppl on this forum sure has a thing for laggy 4cyl turbos... i originally bought my car as a winter beater than realized there is a huge cult thinking 4-cyl turbo is the greatest idea ever...

seriously though... awd is nice to have when u have a lot of snow days. but what good is the 4-cyl turbo that has little power below 3500 rpm? i still dont get it... and no one seems to know the answer either except for comments like "get DP and tune and it can do 12s i swear!" or "mustangs are s**t!"...
Does this mean that my 2005 LGT counts as a collector's car? I do have to say that I just completed a Stage II mod and the power is very nice. On the other hand, as other posters have said, high torque, big V8 are also very nice. The push you get from a simple tip of your right foot and the ability to quickly pull away from the guy next to you is very intoxicating.
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