“We did back-to-back dyno comparisons with the BOSS manifold against the Cobra Jet, and the Cobra Jet picked up about 25 horsepower.  We also might offer this manifold separately for racers to buy.

Today, Ford Racing unveiled the 2013 Cobra Jet Mustang at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando with a powerplant under the hood that you wouldn’t expect. The 2013 Cobra Jet offers two 5.0L TiVCT engine options. Racers may choose a naturally aspirated engine with Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high lift cams and accessory drive, or a 2.9L Whipple supercharged version with CNC port matched manifold and heads, and a 10-rib supercharger drive system that we debuted at SEMA for high rpm use.

The Cobra Jet intake manifold resembles a BOSS intake manifold, though carries the same throttle body you would find affixed to the Whipple supercharger inlet, plus larger runners that are port matched to the heads.  Ford Racing’s Jesse Kershaw mentioned that, “We did back-to-back dyno comparisons with the BOSS manifold against the Cobra Jet, and the Cobra Jet picked up about 25 horsepower.  We also might offer this manifold separately for racers to buy.”

With over three seasons of testing, racing, and customer feedback the 2013 Cobra Jet marks the continued evolution of the factory produced turnkey race car. Designed for NHRA Stock and Super Stock competition, the 2013 model is better than ever and features the latest drag racing technology for greater speed and consistency.

“The 2008 Cobra Jet is a great car. It does everything we wanted it to do,” said George Goddu, business manager, Ford Racing Performance Group. “We’re really proud of that car, but we improve with each new Cobra Jet offering and 2013 is no exception.”

Additionally, the 2013 Cobra Jet chassis has been improved. Lightweight body modifications shed about 200 pounds and gives better weight distribution, while the electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. A new roll cage design is optimized for safety and chassis rigidity while the brake pedal ratio has been revised for more modulation and stopping power. And the rear suspension geometry delivers faster and more consistent 60-foot times.

Improved brakes help pedal feel on the Cobra Jet while Weld wheels and Goodyear tires also return on the 2013.

The 2013 Cobra Jet is priced at $86,000 with the naturally aspirated engine option, and $93,000 with the supercharged engine. Additional options and pricing will be announced January 2012.

Cobra Jet components will be available through Ford Performance Parts, allowing racers to upgrade their Mustangs to Cobra Jet specifications.

Finally, all Cobra Jet fans can help choose the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet – classic white, silver or black – by voting online at Fordracing.com. Voting ends December 31, 2011.

Also, keep your eyes pealed as there as been some rumors on the PRI floor that Ford may produce some form of the Cobra Jet (or some other high horsepower street legal Mustang) in a street legal form.

You can pick what color the Cobra Jet will be produced in whatever color the fans choose, log onto Fordracing.com to vote.