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      11-03-2009, 07:11 AM   #1
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In a Ford Racing-fueled show of goodness that will mark the unveiling of the Baja-ready F-150 SVT FR Raptor XT race truck, the Dearborn automaker will also take the wraps off of the 2010 Mustang Cobra Jet factory drag racer at this year’s SEMA show in Las Vegas.

The new car is based on the refreshed 2010 pony car and serves as a continuation of the 2008 CJ that revived the company’s 40-plus-year-old participation in NHRA Stock and Stock Eliminator competition. Our experience with the previous Cobra Jet showed the car to be great fun and quite exhilarating, with a conservative 11.5-second, 130-mph pass down the quarter-mile during our first and only time behind the wheel. Ford says it’s good for low 10s.

For the 2010 version, the automaker says it had more time to refine the package, and thus created a more capable and versatile car. Like the 2008 model, the 2010 CJ starts as a Mustang V-6 body in white, to which are added fully adjustable, drag-specific shocks and springs, manual steering and brakes, a trunk-mounted racing fuel cell, a NHRA-certified roll cage, and a fortified Ford nine-inch axle, among other go-fast bits. Changes for 2010 include optional intercooler cooling fans and a switch from Goodyear/Mickey Thompson rubber to Hoosiers mounted on Weld Racing wheels. Also new is the addition of a rev-limiting, launch-control function for CJs with manual transmissions. Previously available only through the aftermarket, the feature allows drivers to select at which engine speed they wish to launch at and then limits rpms to that point until the clutch is dropped.

A supercharged, 5.4-liter V-8 with a cast-iron block and a conservative 425-hp rating is the standard engine, with optional powertrains including a “475-hp,” aluminum-blocked version with a larger supercharger, as well as several naturally aspirated V-8s. A six-speed manual gearbox—complete with a burnout-ready line lock—carries over from the 2008 model but can be upgraded to a race-prepped five-speed manual or three- or four-speed automatic, the latter fitted with a transmission brake.

Only 50 examples of the 2010 CJ will be built at the automaker’s Flat Rock, MI, assembly plant, with base cars costing about $75,000 and heavily optioned versions nudging $95K. Production starts in January. While Ford’s website says the initial allotment is already spoken for, the company promises to provide additional versions in the future. And for those who missed out and can’t wait for the next iteration, all the necessary components are available in Ford’s Performance Parts catalog to turn any 2010 Mustang into a Cobra Jet. Check back for more SEMA coverage and additional shots of the latest CJ form the show floor.






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      11-03-2009, 12:33 PM   #2
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The front reminds of a baluga whale.
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hideous.

but to each his own.
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The front reminds of a baluga whale.
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      11-04-2009, 02:02 PM   #6
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hideous.

but to each his own.
i swear. if it was german or italian, at least 10 idiots on this board would say it's bad ass. but, since it's a domestic, get out the bash bats.
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      11-04-2009, 02:34 PM   #7
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Pretty damn ugly.
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As a former Mustang guy I have to say that Ford has lost its mind in the styling area on this car. Ugly is ugly no matter what angle you look at it from. On the other hand they lost their mind marketing a car for 75K+ that can't be driven legally on the streets. For 70 grand someone who wanted a full on mustang drag car could buy a base model V6 gut it and put in a Twin Turbo 5.4 aluminum block with the right suspension and trans for less than the 75-95k they are charging. Granted it will run 10's like the 2008 CJ did but who cares? For 95 grand you can buy a new viper or a ZR1 for a little more that will as well and be a fully street legal car.
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Buy a GT500 and put a set of drag radial and you got yourself a street legal dragster for under 52K$.
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Buy a GT500 and put a set of drag radial and you got yourself a street legal dragster for under 52K$.

You've got a street legal dragster that you can't actually race. The whole point of this car is that it's complying with all the NHRA rules, and is race ready right out of the box. This thing's aimed at sponsered teams that are running a full season.
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      11-04-2009, 03:46 PM   #11
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What I thought of.
LOL you can't outrun ugly
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      11-05-2009, 12:21 AM   #13
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The front reminds of a baluga whale.
or a retarded dolphin!!!!!
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The other day I was behind a Cobra with all sorts of little extras like a modded exhaust, track tires and even a license plate holder with interweaving snakes. Looked/sounded impressive, but definitely not a DD. That car was not happy in heavy traffic.
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All you guys bitching about the looks miss the entire point of this car.

It's designed to race, not be pretty. Racers care about going fast above all else, and this will do just that.

Here's what it's meant for:

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All you guys bitching about the looks miss the entire point of this car.

It's designed to race, not be pretty. Racers care about going fast above all else, and this will do just that.

Here's what it's meant for:

race as in drag race, not much else
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race as in drag race, not much else

Is it too much to ask that you actually read the first post in the thread?

Drag racing is ITS ONLY PURPOSE IN LIFE. It's not a street car.

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The new car is based on the refreshed 2010 pony car and serves as a continuation of the 2008 CJ that revived the company’s 40-plus-year-old participation in NHRA Stock and Stock Eliminator competition.

Sometimes people here just make me
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race as in drag race, not much else
That is why they are also offering a track suspension (as is with corners) for the Mustang.

I don't understand why all the snobby little bitches on this site can't show a little respect for one of the only companies that is actually giving customers what they are asking for (within the limits of running a business).

To FORD I say
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I think it looks impressive for an American drag racer.
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race as in drag race, not much else
No shit.
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race as in drag race, not much else
As if the skinnies and fat slicks in the back weren't already enough of an indicator, you decided to bring it up anyway?

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