Muscle Mustangs & Fast Fords
Photos: 2014 Cobra Jet Production Underway At Watson Racing
Production of the all-new 2014 Cobra Jet is underway at Watson Racing’s leading-edge facility, just a hop, skip, and a jump away in Brownstown, Michigan from its previous assembly plant, Auto Alliance in Flat Rock. Prior to the move, the Cobra Jet held down a corner of the assembly plant in Flat Rock.
It was a sensible move to relocate Cobra Jet production to Watson considering that the company already installed the roll cages just to haul the cars back over to Flat Rock to be completed into the monster you see dominating the track in the NHRA and NMRA. Watson Racing also assembles the Ford Racing Boss 302S from top to bottom, built solely for road racing.
Inside Watson’s state-of-the-art facility, just 50 2014 Cobra Jets are currently being produced. We received a few photos of the Cobra Jet production in full swing. The hue seen in the photos is the Gotta Have It Green, a color introduced recently that most people either absolutely love or hate. Another new color for the CJ is a matte black that you may have seen MM&FF Editor Evan Smith testing and performing sky-high wheelies a few months back. Check out the video here.
Each Cobra Jet gets a new 3-speed transmission with SFI-approved housing. With drivers aching to reach speeds excess of 150mph, the Coyote 5.0L is mated to a 2.9L Ford Racing/Whipple supercharger, complete with a 3.25-inch pulley as well as CNC-ported cylinder heads.
Other modifications include a forged crankshaft, Manley H-beam connecting rods, Mahle Motrosports/Ford Racing forged pistons and Ford Racing camshafts.
Suspension components include an adjustable Panhard bar, double-adjustable Ford Racing shocks and an anti-roll bar ready to throw down gut-wrenching 60-ft. times straight from the factory. The body of the Cobra Jet has been lightened from the stock Mustang, and comes with a roll cage design enhanced by Finite Element Analysis.
Ray Skillman broke a record last year by propelling his Cobra Jet into the 7-second range in the quarter-mile at the NMCA Cobra Jet Showdown. Chris Holbrook also made big strides in his ’13 Cobra Jet by winning Gatornationals in AAA/SA Gainesville, Florida. A month after winning in Gainesville, Holbrook shattered his record by running the quickest time of 8.58 seconds in the Stock Eliminator class held at the Lucas Oil Raceway event in Indianapolis.
If you remember, last year during the 2013 season, the Cobra Jet snagged 9 wins in NHRA Stock and Super Stock while competing at the NHRA US Nationals in Indianapolis. Classes dominated include the SSS/AA, SS/DA and Factory Showdown. A nail biting ending ensued in the final round when Dave Connolly’s COPO Camaro was crushed by Chris Holbrook’s CJ Mustang.
With this being the last year of Cobra Jet production, we can’t wait to see what this season brings for our Cobra Jet racers.