2016 Cobra Jet Mustang Secretly Photographed Ahead of SEMA Debut

With the SEMA show just around the corner, one of the most important contraptions to make its debut at the event, the 2016 Cobra Jet Mustang, has just been photographed while being put into position at the Blue Oval booth.
2016 Cobra Jet Mustang 1 photo
Ford released a teaser for the out-of-the-box drag racing machine last week. All of our suspicions have now been confirmed thanks to this pic, which comes from Mustang6G. From the Hoosier racing slicks and wheelie bar, to the massive Cobra Jet decals on the side, this is the S550 Mustang like you’ve never seen it before.

Speaking of which, the new Mustang’s Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) has caused quite a stir in the drag racing world. It terms of factory-built drag racers, reliability is the key, so purists hope Ford will return to the Solid Rear Axle (SRA).

To IRS or not to IRS, that is the question

In fact, Ford Performance is rumored to have tested multiple incarnations of the new Cobra Jet, working with a number of drag racing teams. This is where we go really deep down the rumor rabbit hole, as Ford is said to have asked Watson Racing to use an IRS setup, while developing an SRA scheme for the other teams.

However, Calver Racing has come up with their own SRA setup, as we told you back in September. Their car managed to pull an 8.97s pass at an impressive 151 mph (243 km/h). With that being one of the test runs, we expect the final results to be considerably sweeter.

While we’re not sure what kind of rear suspension setup the official Cobra Jet will employ, you can expect low 8s passes to be offered on the house.

With the SEMA show set to kick off tomorrow, we’ll have more info on this 1320ft-savvy machine soon.
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