For drag racing (and strictly off-road use only), Ford introduced a twin-turbo 5 liter V-8 powered Cobra Jet Mustang Concept at SEMA in 2012. The engine uses EcoBoost technologies with twin ball-bearing turbochargers. Power and torque were not specified.
A question on the net is whether this is a prototype of an engine for a future S550 Mustang.
Unfortunately, per the SEMA picture below, the engine will not fit conventionally into a street Mustang’s engine compartment: the placement of the turbos and intercooler are totally wrong. How this engine could be used in a future Mustang is up in the air. The turbos would have to be drawn up much closer to the engine. But then the fuse box would be directly on top of the left turbo, and the air intake on the right. That wouldn’t meet production standards, so the use of this engine as it is designed is impossible.
Ford Press Release and images:
Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Concept Goes Twin-Turbo for SEMA Debut
- New Cobra Jet concept adopts turbocharging technology from production EcoBoost® engines in the quest for ever more performance
- Since its 2008 debut, the Ford Mustang Cobra Jet has been the most successful production-based drag racer
- Ford Racing engineers have continuously improved and evolved the Cobra Jet to keep it at the head of its class
LAS VEGAS, Oct. 30, 2012 – The Ford Racing Mustang Cobra Jet concept revealed today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show proves there is indeed a replacement for displacement.