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Ford to Revive Cobra Jet Name with Race-Only FR500CJ Mustang

By - June 17, 2008 – 4:28 amNo Comment | 522 views

In 1968, Ford took the NHRA Winternationals by storm with the Cobra Jet Mustang. Only 50 units were built and released to Ford Dealers and Ford racers, and in its first appearance, the Cobra Jet won.

Forty years after this historic event, Ford Racing is happy to announce that they are exploring the development of a new NHRA-legal race car – the 2008 Cobra Jet Mustang. Some details of this exciting program have already begun to surface, and we want to ensure you hear about it from us first.

The 2008 Ford Racing Cobra Jet Mustang (FR500CJ) will be a factory-built race car, ready for the drag strip with only minor additional prep required. While details are intentionally limited at this time, the following should help you assess the product and its appeal.

Ford Racing Part Number: M-FR500-CJ

Program Intent:

  • Provide a Mustang that is a true A Stock competitor
  • 50 units initial build
  • Off-road only (VIN replaced by serial number)
  • Estimated pricing, $64,990 WD, $69,990 MSRP
  • Model Year 2008 designation
  • Build in December 2008, vehicles delivered February 2009

Vehicle Content:

  • 400 hp (est.) 5.4L DOHC supercharged engine
  • 6-speed manual transmission standard; optional automatic TBD
  • NHRA legal to 10.00 sec ETs
  • NHRA Stock Eliminator legal interior
  • Lightweight – 3,300 lbs (est.)
  • Unique trim and appearance package
  • Drag race wheel/tire combination
  • Cobra Jet graphics package


  • Vehicle orders should be placed with the Ford Racing warehouse at 1-800-367-3786.
  • Priority delivery will be given to orders of multiple vehicles.
  • Priority delivery will be given to orders of multiple vehicles
  • This order is a placeholder; dealers will not be billed until delivery of the vehicle to the dealer
  • An “off-road only” competition release will be required prior to delivery of a Cobra Jet to the dealer
  • Only 50 units are under consideration for 2008, so dealers are encouraged to submit their orders before June 30. Delivery will be prioritized based on order entry date.

The Cobra Jet Mustang (M-FR500-CJ) joins Ford Racing’s two successful road racing Mustangs, the M-FR500-C and M-FR500-S, as turn-key race cars available only from Ford Dealers. We encourage you to take advantage of this unique opportunity to help rewrite history by ordering and campaigning this new race car.

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