Ford shocked fanatics when it unveiled an electrical, Mustang-derived dragster with 1,400 horsepower. It lastly let the mannequin free on a drag strip to learn the way a lot time it takes to dash via the quarter-mile.

Developed collectively by the corporate’s Efficiency division and Cascadia Movement, the dragster is named Cobra Jet 1400, a reputation that references its output. Although Ford would possibly want to alter it, as a result of its engineers realized the battery-powered drivetrain really delivers 1,502 horses, a determine that places it on par with the Bugatti Chiron. It cracked the quarter-mile in 8.27 seconds at 168 mph, a determine that makes it a couple of tenths of a second faster than the last Cobra Jet launched in 2018. It was powered by a 5.2-liter V8, and its time checked in at about 8.5 seconds.

Popping the hood reveals an assortment of orange high-voltage wires that join the drivetrain’s elements. Energy comes from 4 electrical motors that spin at as much as 10,000 rpm, although particulars in regards to the battery pack stay below wraps. Ford claimed it is simply scratching the floor of what is doable with electrification.

Do not anticipate finding a 1,502-horsepower electrical Mustang basking below the lights at your nearest Ford dealer anytime quickly. Nonetheless, the model pledged to proceed fine-tuning the expertise on and off the drag strip, and the Cobra Jet will probably be put via its paces publicly for the primary time on the Nationwide Scorching Rod Affiliation (NHRA) U.S. Nationals happening from September three to six, 2020. It would race towards one among Ford’s V8-powered dragsters.

“The alternatives to be taught with the Mustang Cobra Jet 1400, in addition to the Mustang Mach-E 1400 we lately launched, give us nice perception into what could also be doable in high-performance electric vehicles for Ford going ahead. We’re very keen on persevering with to work with the NHRA to find out how electrification could be a part of the game,” affirmed Mark Rushbrook, the worldwide director of Ford Efficiency Motorsports, in an announcement.