2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet: Ultimate Guide

The Cobra Jet returns in 2016 as your ultimate drag racing machine.

2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

2016 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

It was a good idea then and it’s a good idea now

In 1968, the Cobra Jet – a purpose-built, lightweight dragracing car – sparked intense competition with the “factory wars” that involved manufacturers, dealers and race teams, and excited a generation of drag-racing fans. That original Cobra Jet made history when Al Joniec drove it to a victory at the NHRA Winternationals – the Cobra Jet’s very first race.

Forty years later, Ford Performance created a new Cobra Jet, in the same mold and spirit as the original. This new evolution quickly showed that it deserved the name of its celebrated ancestor. It, too, won is very first race – at the 2008 NHRA Winternationals. Even better, it wore graphics that paid tribute to the 1968 winner and Al Joniec.

Now, the 2016 Cobra Jet continues the factory hot-rod tradition, with Ford Performance’s latest evolution of
the limited edition, factory-produced turn-key race car. As delivered, its supercharged 5.0-liter V8 engine is capable of powering the Cobra Jet to 8-second quarter mile times.

The 2016 CJ’s many enhancements include drag-racespecific coil-over shocks and springs, lightweight Strange racing brakes, 8.50-certified roll cage, an Aeromotive fuel system with trunk-mounted fuel cell, Corbeau FIA seats, 5-point race harnesses, and a race-prepped 3-speed automatic transmission.

Mustang introduced in 2015, and is the only factory 2016. Mustang with a solid axle rear suspension. It is legal for NHRA. Stock and Super Stock racing, as well as several classes in IHRA, NMRA, and NMCA. Once again, Ford Performance makes drag racing turnkey with the 2016 Cobra Jet.

Feature Details


  • Ford V8, 5.0-liter (302 cubic inches) displacement
  • 92.2mm bore x 92.7mm stroke
  • 9.5:1 compression ratio
  • 2.9L Whipple supercharger – front entry
  • Forged steel crankshaft
  • Billet steel gerotor oil pump
  • Mahle forged and anodized pistons with Grafal® coated skirts
  • Manley H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts
  • American Racing Headers 304 stainless-steel headers
  • Aeromotive fuel rails
  • ATI SFI-approved crank damper
  • Proprietary engine control software and calibration
  • New electric water pump

Fuel System

  • Aeromotive fuel system


  • 3-speed automatic racing transmission with SFI safety housing


  • 8.50ET-certified roll cage


  • Strange Engineering racing brake system

Rear Suspension

  • Strange Engineering 9” rear axle with 3.89:1 gear
  • All-new 4-link rear suspension

Front Suspension

  • Adjustable Ford Performance front struts
  • Anti-roll bar removed


  • Sparco quick-release steering wheel
  • Corbeau 1-piece FIA-certified racing seats
  • RJS 5-point racing harness


  • Weld wheels 15×10” rear, 15×3.5” front
  • Hoosier Tires, 30×9-15 rear,26×4.5-15 front