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.
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. Likely the turbos would be moved much closer to the engine, probably drawn u in front of it. But then in the current car (as well as the 2015 with it’s much tighter engine compartment), 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 an engine like this in the future Mustang is doubtful.
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.
Yes, those are 370Z wheels on an S197 Mustang! A matched set front/rear, same as the Z they came off of. And the offset is very nearly perfect.
GREAT to see Road & Track, our favorite enthusiast magazine, return to blogging this past week. And with a story of interest to all Mustang and 60′s car enthusiasts: a “short” Mustang prototype from the 1964 era. Which some of you will have the opportunity to see the car in person at the Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance next week.
It’s been a cold and wet two weeks in Texas, and an unusual winter as a whole. This has impacted driving enthusiasts in the State: just look at our post of our HPDE event at Circuit of the Americas last weekend where we were faced with driving a new track, wide open, as an event Instructor, in the rain and freezing cold.
But being Texas such conditions are always temporary, and our weather is as of today on the way back to a daily high in the upper 60s, as it should be. And one sure sign of the good weather is great cars coming out of their garages for a drive!
Take a look at this ’66 Mustang, one of two we encountered today over a chicken wing lunch break. Absolutely beautiful! Fully optioned inside, too, with the optional (and rare) console as well as a 4-speed behind it’s 289. We weren’t able to determine which 289 was under the hood (there were three, and four if you count the Shelby variant of the K-code engine). We had a K-code ’67 Mustang ourselves so are very familiar with that engine.
Unfortunately, it did have drum brakes all around… surprising since original-style discs are easily available and very much worth the cost.
And then look behind it, at that handsome 2013 Boss 302 Mustang. It’s ours. This brings up a thought… look at the very wide-open greenhouse on the ’66, as well as its overall dimensions. Now compare to the far larger and more closed-in greenhouse of our 2013. One of the many “wants” we have for the upcoming all-new 2015 Mustang is the length of the ’66 (although wider for modern tires), as well as the same expanse of greenhouse.
Readers may not be aware that the DrivingEnthusiast blog has a parent site DrivingEnthusiast.net that consists of (as of this day) 24,129 HTML and graphics files. The parent site is used to store information permanently on a number of our favorite brands, including press releases and high-res photos. The parent site is as of this writing over 13 years old and has been growing steadily. This includes information that is too extensive or inappropriate for blogs, and images that are too high in resolution and therefore in file size. The sections of the parent site are intended to be permanent repositories, and are updated as further information becomes available. We are using extensive (and expensive) space to provide high-res images so that enthusiasts can examine the engines in exacting detail.
New on the site this week are the following high-res images (averaging ~3000 pixels in width). These images are from our extensive Ford Engine section, which includes thousands of images of Ford engines from the past 25 years ranging from the experimental T-drive and 7-liter BOSS engines to all of the Modular, SHO, Coyote, Duratec, and EcoBoost engines. Their pages include official Press images as well as images we’ve taken ourselves at various press conferences and shows and specifications (when available).
Here’s what we’ve added this week:
1996 Mustang SVT Cobra 4.6 “Modular” engine:
2003-2004 Mustang SVT Cobra 4.6 “Modular” Supercharged engine:
2011 Ford F-150 “Coyote” engine:
2012 Ford Racing Coyote heavy-duty engine block:
And the site already has an extensive section of super high-res 2011 -2014 Mustang Coyote engine images.
While we’re waiting for the huge number of introductions to start rolling out for the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit next month, and while we’re eagerly awaiting further spy pictures of the 2015 Mustang, we thought it would be fun to pull out a project car from 1995: the infamous Ford SVE BOSS 604 from 1995.
This is a John Coletti project car. But then, who else would have ever conceived of it?
The SVE BOSS 604 was built by the Ford SVE team in response to a challenge from the “bow tie boys” across town. They had just put a 572-cube Donovan-built “rat motor” in a late-model Camaro and thought they were tough. In response, John sent the word out to build something with a motor exactly twice the size as stock: hence 604 cubes and 853 horsepower. Only little boys wear bow ties!
We encountered the BOSS 604 at the Houston Mustang Club of America show in August 1995. Ford brought the BOSS 604, and also a prototype of the 1996 4.6 DOHC Cobra. When we were asked which car we’d like to drive, we made the wrong choice and drove the Cobra prototype. Or perhaps the right choice, since we liked the car so much we ordered one from our dealer the following Monday and took delivery that fall of the very first 1996 SVT Cobra in the State of Texas.
The race against the bow tie boys didn’t take place as planned… a few years later we encountered Coletti again and he told us that the race would happen “any day soon” and that Car & Driver would likely report on it.
We took this new opportunity to get some additional pictures of the car. We noticed the intake has been slightly modified from what we’d seen before.
Click on the images below for a high-res image.
|Intake path – Dual throttle bodies.||Engine compartment – details.|
|Engine compartment – right side.||Engine compartment – left side.|
|Dash – gauges.||Dash – note sticker “110 octane fuel only”.|
- Driving Enthusiast network: Ford Concepts, Prototypes, and Showcars section: this section of the parent site consists of pages and images of Ford, Lincoln, Mercury, SVE, FRP, SVT, and historical car and trucks concepts, prototypes, and showcars from Ford Motor Company. Many also have press releases.
As we’ve said many times in past postings, old SHO engines never die – they go on to a second life after a transplant into something else. That something else ranges from 240Z, MBG, Austin-Healey, TR-7, sand buggy, Camaro, and a Lotus Esprit. And of course other Ford products, including a rear-wheel drive Focus and even back into a Taurus SHO converted to rear-wheel drive. Sometimes the swap is a POS hack job destined to be blown up, but more often it’s been done professionally where the person doing the swap can be proud of their work. That’s what we like to see, and that’s what this great engine deserves.
Here’s an example where a SHO engine has been swapped into a Fox-body ’93 Mustang convertible, a very natural home for the SHO engine.
Unfortunately we haven’t found the build-up story of this swap, only the 11 pages of pictures here (with video of it running). We’d like to know more about this 3.2 liter SHO and Aerostar automatic transmission swap. We did learn from what little has been written that the forward engine mounts on the SHO engine interfere with the stock swap bar mounts in the Mustang. One more bit of news to save in case you or we ever do this swap ourselves.
Read more of our engine swap stories here.
Flat Rock Assembly, previously AutoAlliance, has been building the Mustang since 2005. Now the Fusion has been added as well. Which perhaps suggests that the upcoming 2015 Mustang will share its center stack electronics with the Fusion. In the following video, note the scenes of 2012 Mustangs on the assembly line:
Ford Press Release follows:
Ford Opens New Era at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, Source of 1,200 New Jobs and U.S. Production Home of All-New Fusion
- Ford celebrates opening of a new era at Flat Rock Assembly Plant, new U.S. production home of the 2013 Ford Fusion as well as the iconic Mustang
- Supporting its Fusion production growth plans, Ford is adding 1,200 jobs, a second production shift, and investing $555 million, taking full management control of the former AutoAlliance International plant
- Upgraded Flat Rock Assembly Plant will feature a state-of-the-art, fully flexible body shop and an upgraded paint shop with an environmentally friendly 3-Wet paint process when production begins in 2013
- On sale this fall, the 2013 Fusion offers customers the power of choice with the broadest selection of fuel-efficient powertrains in the midsize car segment
Voting Now Open to Determine Final Design of First-Ever SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women
DEARBORN, Mich., May 24, 2012 – Voting is now open to help select the final concept for the first-ever SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women. To vote now through June 3, the public is invited to visit: http://www.hotrod.com/all-female-mustang-build-ford-sweepstakes/ to view three different design concepts and vote on the one they would like to see used for the build. Voters will be entered into drawings to win several prizes.
Announced earlier this week, the SEMA Mustang Build Powered by Women is a collaboration between Ford Motor Company and the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA). Led by the SEMA Businesswomen’s Network (SBN), a 2013 Mustang GT donated by Ford will be completely modified using the winning design from start to finish by women.
Beginning with three concepts developed by women designers and concluding with women volunteers performing the hands-on modifications, the project is meant to shine light on women working in the automotive aftermarket and to encourage more women to pursue careers in the industry.
The three concepts are:
- High Gear: Designed by SBN Member, Jennifer Seely of Ford Motor Company, High Gear –a luxury Mustang concept – is inspired by international products in categories such as jewelry, couture clothing and architecture. Designed to stimulate the senses by fusing luxury and power, the results are fresh and exciting, propelling Mustang into a whole new arena
- Chromatic: Designed by SBN Member, Jennifer Seely of Ford Motor Company, the ultimate pop culture edition Mustang takes a futuristic design approach drawing inspiration from such pop culture elements as street art and products for an exciting color palette that is free of all boundaries and disciplines. The anthracite-colored chrome body as a base exemplifies the neon colors bringing this Mustang to life. Design details include anthracite-colored chrome exterior, bright cyan wheels and white leather racing interior coupled with an aggressive track suspension and V8 roar
- Fast Metal: Designed by SBN Member, Theresa Contreras from L&G Enterprises. Theresa takes the American muscle car to a whole other level using tone-on-tone dark metallic finishes and red accents for a dramatic design that underscores Mustang’s DNA, raw speed and power
Source Interlink Media (SIM), a partner in the project, posted the three concepts on several of its websites so the public can vote for the design that will ultimately be selected. The concept with the most votes will be used for the build, which will take place at SIM headquarters in El Segundo, Calif.
“Women play a significant role when it comes to customizing a vehicle,” said Bryan Harrison, senior manager of councils for SEMA and project manager on the build. “From purchasing the vehicle and determining what modifications to make, to executing the actual modifications and driving the customized vehicle, women are key players in the entire process. The SEMA Mustang Build demonstrates just how integral women are to customizing today’s cars and trucks.”
The completed vehicle will debut at the 2012 SEMA show in Las Vegas. The modified Mustang will then be auctioned off on eBay, with money raised to benefit the SEMA Memorial Scholarship Fund. The fund is dedicated to fostering the next generation of automotive aftermarket leaders and innovators by awarding cash scholarships to winning applicants.