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James Furman's 1993 Cobra R
This Nine-Second '93 Mustang Switched To The Straight And Narrow
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When Ford introduced the '93 Cobra R-model, many would-be buyers were disappointed to learn they were nearly all gone before anyone knew about them. Other performance buffs felt let down when many of these cars wound up in the hands of collectors rather than on the racetracks for which they were intended. As a result, this reputed king of all the Fox Mustangs is rarely, if ever, seen anywhere other than at a few national shows or auctions.
With this modified R-model, however, James Furman of Woodbridge, Virginia, has provided a sense of new direction. Not only has his car been driven on a regular basis, but it also has gone from its road-racing roots to running straight lines at the dragstrip. "I bought the car new from a dealer back in 1993," James says of the car's history, "and it was strictly a street car up until last year. I decided I wanted to go a little faster, but I didn't want to tear it up, even though I believe they were meant to be raced."
Despite all the modifications, it's the car's nearly stock look that masks its heritage. "Most people don't know it's a Cobra R until they look inside," James replied when asked about the deceptively stock appearance. "Cosmetically, the only change has been the addition of a carbon-fiber Saleen hood. In fact, it even has the factory road-race suspension still in it." With results like these, setting factory road racers on the straight and narrow could become a serious trend for the future!
Horse Sense: As part of the $7,205 option, 93 Cobra R owners received a bevy of performance goodies, including a tuned suspension, 17-inch wheels, oversized front/rear disc brakes, extra cooling modifications, an upgraded T5 transmission, and an 8.8-inch Traction-Lok rear axle with a 3.08 gearing.