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1,400-horspeower Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is first factory all-electric dragster prototype

Ford is showcasing its electric performance chops with the new silent dragster.

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Silent but speedy. Imagine a drag strip without the ear-piercing roar of engines rumbling down the quarter mile. That's exactly what Ford has done with its new concept car.

The Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is the brainchild of Ford Performance. It's an all-electric model that is designed to crush quarter-mile speeds. It's a one-off, all-electric model that can deliver 1,400 horsepower and over 1,100 pound-feet of torque.

That power gets it down the strip in the low-8 second range at more than 170 mph. YouTube is full of specially tuned versions of cars like the McLaren 720S and Porsche 911 Turbo S conquering similar feats, but with an internal combustion engine and plenty of rumble out the rear.

2020 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet 1400The model has a 2020 Ford Mustang as its base.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

"Ford has always used motorsport to demonstrate innovation," said Dave Pericak, Global Director, Ford Icons. "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."

The Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 is one step toward showing off the electric power that the Dearborn, Michigan automaker has been able to harness. It's also a move to showcase the performance-focused future of electrified mobility. This is an angle that was first played up when the 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E was unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show in November 2019.

The Mustang Mach-E comes in a variety of grades, some with performance front and center while others lean toward having range as a priority. Most models fall somewhere in the middle.

"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."

Introducing The All-Electric Mustang Cobra Jet 1400 | Ford Performancewww.youtube.com

The performance of the car was achieved with the help of some industry experts. MLe Racecars was the vehicle builder, designer, integrator, and tuner. Watson Engineering offered chassis support and development, and built the roll cage. AEM EV handled the software and motor calibration and controls while Cascadia supplied the inverter and motor.

Ford Performance is currently testing the Cobra Jet 1400 ahead of its world debut later this year. Check out the model while you shelter in place on Sunday, April 26 on MotorTrend On Demand's "Hard Cell", a showcase of electric vehicles pushing innovation boundaries.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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