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Profile: The 2013 Cobra Jet FR500CJ Ford Mustang

An Improved Cobra Jet Mustang for the 2013 Model Year


The 2013 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang

The 2013 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang at the 2011 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) Show.

Photo Courtesy of Ford Racing
Ford’s iconic Cobra Jet Mustang, a factory-produced turnkey race car designed for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition, knows a thing or two about winning on race day. It first made history after its victorious introduction at the 1968 NHRA Winternationals.

In 2008, some 40 years later, Ford brought the Mustang back in celebration of its 40th year anniversary. Due to a strong interest in the limited-edition car, FR500CJs were offered once again for the 2010 and 2012 Mustang model years.

On December 1, 2011, Ford announced they plan to offer a 2013 Cobra Jet FR500CJ Ford Mustang. The reveal took place at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Fla. This latest drag racing Mustang will feature lightweight body modifications, a new roll cage, and a revised brake pedal ratio.

“The 2008 Cobra Jet is a great car. It does everything we wanted it to do,” said George Goddu, business manager, Ford Racing Performance Group. “We’re really proud of that car, but we improve with each new Cobra Jet offering and 2013 is no exception.”

Improvements for the 2013 Model Year

In a press statement, Ford said, “With over three seasons of testing, racing, and customer feedback the 2013 Cobra Jet marks the continued evolution of the factory-produced turnkey race car. Designed for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition, the 2013 model is better than ever and features the latest drag racing technology for greater speed and consistency.”

The factory-produced turnkey race car is not street legal, and is designed exclusively for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition.

For the 2013 model, buyers can select from two 5.0L TiVCT engine options:

  • Naturally aspirated engine with Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high lift cams and low-drag accessory drive ($86,000 MSRP)
  • 2.9L Whipple supercharged version with CNC port matched manifold and heads and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high rpm use without a belt ($93,000 MSRP)
“The 5.0L has all the attributes to make a world class drag racing engine and is ideal for the Cobra Jet,” said Goddu. “Both the naturally aspirated and supercharged engines will be competitive as delivered.”

As for the car’s chassis, Ford says that lightweight body modifications were made to give the car better weight distribution. In addition, electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. The company also reports that the rear suspension geometry delivers faster and more consistent 60-foot times.

The biggest improvement inside the cabin is a new roll cage design. Ford says the design is optimized for safety and chassis rigidity. Meanwhile, the brake pedal ratio has been revised for more modulation and stopping power.

Availability and Pricing

In all, only fifty 2013 Cobra Jet Mustangs will be built. The company said orders placed through Ford dealers will be filled on a first come first served basis. The car is listed as Part number M-FR500-CJ. The naturally aspirated engine option will have an MSRP of $86,000, while the supercharged engine option will cost around $93,000 MSRP. Ford said additional options and pricing will be announced January 2012.

The Mustang will be built by the United Auto Workers (UAW) at the Auto Alliance International (AAI) assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich. Production of Cobra Jets will commence in June 2012, with delivery of all vehicles expected mid-summer of 2012.

The company plans to offer Cobra Jet Mustang performance upgrades for owners of standard 2013 Mustangs through Ford Performance Parts. The goal is to allow racers to upgrade their Mustangs to Cobra Jet specifications.

Ford is giving Cobra Jet fans a chance to help choose the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet – classic white, silver or black - by voting online at FordRacing.com. Voting ends December 31, 2011.

Source: Ford Motor Company

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