Like concept cars Ford has debuted at SEMA in the past, the Cobra Jet Twin Turbo concept which was shown last week in Las Vegas, likely signals the future of Mustang high performance technology.
The 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet by Ford Racing showcases a new direction in strategy, leaving the torque laden and heavy supercharger aside, for twin turbochargers – a recipe from Ford’s EcoBoost engine programs.
While rumors have been abound for years now that Ford would offer a 5.0 liter V8 with twin turbochargers, this well crafted concept car is the first tangible evidence of such a beast.
With the 2015 Mustang coming very soon, it has become a known quantity that the large and heavy 5.8 liter supercharged V8 will see its last days in the current Mustang body. It’s simply to large to fit, to heavy to power the next generation Mustang.
Instead this concept shows how compact and how well packaged a twin turbocharged 5.0 V8 can actually be, demonstrating it not only fits well in the current car’s engine bay, but could reside in one a few inches narrower and shorter.
When asked, Ford declined to comment on the horsepower rating of the Cobra Jet’s twin turbocharged engine. Simple math tells us that if you take the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 which produces 365-400 horsepower, you can extrapolate into the 550 hp range for a 5.0 liter V8 in similar tune.
While it’s easy to speculate, just look at past history. Ford announced the BOSS 302R race car at the 2009 SEMA Show, before the 5.0 liter V8 ever saw public light. At the time they refused details on the car’s engine or power, and didn’t show the engine itself.
In the 2010 racing season, that race car began seeing real world track time with an engine that later arrived in the 2012 BOSS 302 production car. Ford Racing was the laboratory that hatched the car, using it in real world testing right before the public’s eyes.