It was perhaps inevitable that Ford would get around to combining its robust 5.0-liter V8 engine with EcoBoost twin-turbocharging technology, and that day has now dawned in Las Vegas—where the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept debuted during the 2012 SEMA Show. It hints at a future iteration of Ford’s factory-built Cobra jet drag racer, which, since its launch in its current configuration in 2008, has become the most successful such car in America.
“Ford has embraced turbocharging technology and a lot of our production engineers are working with the technology on a daily basis, so we have a lot of knowledge,” said Rob Deneweth, Cobra Jet powertrain development engineer. “We decided to apply that knowledge to the Mustang Cobra Jet to showcase what our engineers and suppliers know how to do.”
Of course, gearheads probably think a street-legal Ford Mustang would be an even better showcase, and they just may be right. This is sheer speculation on our part, but there are plenty of rumors about the big changes in store for the next-gen version of Ford’s modern-day muscle car, and an EcoBoost V8 would seem to be a logical choice to go under the hood.
For now, however, let’s take a quick look at Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept itself …