2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept
Ford Racing has announced something amazing racing car concept named 2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept at the 2012 SEMA Auto Show. Previously, the Cobra Jet was unveiled back in 1968 with a 7.0-liter V8 engine with massive four-barrel carburetors to propel them down the strip deliver total 335 horsepower.
For this year concept, 2012 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet will be powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine which can produce 430 horsepower. 2013 Cobra Jet uses a supercharger but that supercharger requires 100 horsepower just to turn the 2.9-liter blower. That’s power that’s lost for forward motion.
This turbocharger system uses the same technology as Ford’s EcoBoost engines and has the benefit of providing much less power loss. The lag experienced by turbochargers is minimized with the use of smaller turbochargers that are just as effective, but allow for the airflow necessary to power the muscle car. The turbochargers feature turbine wheels that are made from titanium aluminide which reduces the rotational inertia by 50 percent. Along with a shaft riding on low-friction ball bearings, the compressors can spin up to 150,000 rpm almost instantly. This system also provides better responsiveness, very low inertia, and very low internal friction.
The Cobra Jet exterior is painted in a crisp white finish and combined with asymmetric black and blue stripes running over the top of the car from bumper to bumper. The side of the car shows these stripes as they sweep upward before ending with the traditional striking cobra head in black with blue accents.
“Despite its smaller displacement, the improved breathing of the 5.0-liter with its twin independent variable camshaft timing and Boss 302 cylinder heads provided comparable performance while showcasing the high technology available in street Mustangs today,” said Rob Deneweth, Cobra Jet Powertrain Development Engineer.
“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,” added Deneweth. “So we decided to apply that knowledge to the Mustang Cobra Jet to showcase what our engineers and suppliers know how to do.”
Specification detail for the Mustang Cobra Jet Twin Turbo Concept include:
- Twin Turbo 5.0L Cobra Jet Engine Concept
- 5.0L (302 cubic inches)
- 92.2mm Bore x 92.7mm Stroke
- 9.5:1 compression ratio
- Proprietary Speed Density Engine Control Software and Calibration
- Dual Twin Borg Warner EFR turbochargers 71mm Compressor Wheel and 58mm Turbine Wheel with integral waste gate and bypass valve.
- Forged and anodized pistons with Grafal coated skirts
- Manley H-beam connecting rods with ARP 2000 bolts
- Watson Engineering 304 Stainless steel headers
- Dual 4 ½ inch thick Spearco Intercoolers
- Aeromotive Fuel System
- Trinity Motorsports Carbon Fiber Air Induction Tube
- Livernois Motorsport Valve Springs
- ATI SFI Approved Crank Damper
There is no information about a production version for this Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept. But we estimate that this model will be produced in the near future, especially as the next generation Mustang has long been rumored to get an EcoBoost engine.