|Ford set to produce the ultimate Mustang!
Written By Ford Mustang Power
Ford is set to produce the Cobra R in March 2000, from the Dearborn Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan. Housing a modified version of the 5.4-liter V8 from the Lincoln Navigator, and a plethora of aftermarket parts from various manufacturers, the Cobra R is aimed at competition on the strip, on the street, and at the track.
When the Special Vehicle Team first proposed the Cobra R in 1992, the concept was to put the Mustang on more race tracks, and in more winners circles. The 1993 production model had limited success, mainly on shorter, tighter tracks. The 1995 model, on the other hand, was widely successful. With 300 hp from the OHV 5.8-liter V8, and a large fuel capacity, it proved to be a winner. Ford saw no need for a replacement, until now.
According to SVE manager, John Coletti, "We have a simple rule of thumb for when it's time to develop a new Cobra R; first, when there's a need, and second, when the new one will be able to far outshine the old one."
The heart of the new Cobra R is a Ford's Triton 5.4-liter 4-valve DOHC Modular V8, producing 385-horsepower (estimated), and 385-ft.-lbs. of torque. Add to that a McLeod aluminum flywheel, Tremec six-speed manual transmission, 18 x 9.5-inch wheels and tires, Brembo 4-piston aluminum front brake calipers, Eibach racing springs, and a 21-gallon Fuel Safe fuel cell. A rear wing and front splitter provide high-speed aerodynamic stability. Which comes in handy when the car's top speed is more than 170mph.
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