In 2008, Ford Racing introduced a modern drag-race Cobra Jet program as a 40-year tribute to the first 428 Cobra Jet Mustangs that won the Super Stock class at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals. Created as turnkey competition cars, only 50 were built for NHRA Stock and Super Stock classes or NMRA Renegade. The program proved so popular that it returned in subsequent years. Delivered from Ford in Race Red with the optional graphics package, this Cobra Jet Mustang is No. 7 of the 50 built for 2012. Never raced, the Cobra Jet remains as delivered from Ford; the window net has never been removed from its box. Priced new at $91,900 under Ford Racing part-number M-FR500-CJ, the 50 Cobra Jets started life as lightweight 2012 Mustang bodies in white before completion in competition trim. Sold for off-road use only, the 2012 Cobra Jets were capable of 8-second quarter-mile ETs straight from the factory thanks to their supercharged 5.4L TiVCT engine with 32-valve Ford GT cylinder heads and custom-grind camshaft, 3-speed race transmission from Joel’s on Joy, and Strange Engineering 9-inch rear end with aluminum center section and 4.88 gears. To withstand the boost from the Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger, the aluminum short-block was strengthened with a forged crankshaft, Manley H-beam connecting rods and Mahle forged pistons. Packed with racing equipment, the 2012 Cobra Jet Mustangs also included stainless-steel headers and collectors, cold-air induction, adjustable drag-race suspension, Strange Engineering 4-wheel disc-brake kit with lightweight rotors and billet 4-piston calipers, Aeromotive high-flow fuel system, chrome-moly safety cage certified to 8.50-second elapsed times, lightweight manual rack-and-pinion steering, Cobra Jet wheels from Weld Racing and Goodyear front skinnies and drag slicks. With its Ford Racing ECM and production-based software, estimated engine output for the 2012 Cobra Jet was more than 430 HP.

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