The electric car revolution is here, whether petrolheads like it or not our world of cars will soon be dominated by electrons and Volts rather than octane ratings and boost pressure. We are reminded of that today as Ford announced a one-off electric Mustang Cobra Jet dragster. This isn’t the first time an electric drivetrain has been fitted to a Mustang from the factory as Ford has applied the famous badge to an upcoming all-electric SUV called the Mach-E.

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Quick and quiet

Ford says the electric Mustang Cobra Jet dragster can crush the quarter-mile in the low 8-second range at more 270 km/h without using a drop of fuel and in virtual silence thanks to all-electric propulsion. The battery-powered Mustang Cobra Jet Dragster produces over 1 000 kW and roughly 1 500 N.m of torque from the moment its electric drivetrain starts to turn. Ford Performance is currently testing the Cobra Jet dragster ahead of its world debut later this year at a drag racing event to show what it’s capable of on the strip.

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In their own words

“Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation,” said Dave Pericak, global director, Ford Icons, currently overseeing all of Ford’s iconic nameplates such as the Mustang and Bronco. “Electric powertrains give us a completely new kind of performance and the all-electric Cobra Jet 1400 is one example of pushing new technology to the absolute limit. We’re excited to showcase what’s possible in an exciting year when we also have the all-electric Mustang Mach-E joining the Mustang family.”

“This project was a challenge for all of us at Ford Performance, but a challenge we loved jumping into,” said Mark Rushbrook, global director, Ford Performance Motorsports. “We saw the Cobra Jet 1400 project as an opportunity to start developing electric powertrains in a race car package that we already had a lot of experience with, so we had performance benchmarks we wanted to match and beat right now. This has been a fantastic project to work on, and we hope the first of many coming from our team at Ford Performance Motorsports.”