LAS VEGAS, Nev., Nov. 4, 2014 - Ford Racing is excited to introduce a special 2015 Mustang GT built exclusively with off-the-shelf Ford Racing performance parts. Named the “King Cobra,” there is no question this custom machine has some serious bite.
Built to be a high-performance street-and-drag strip car, the King Cobra can be replicated by any Mustang owner with the help of Ford Racing’s extensive parts catalog.
“At Ford Racing, we like to push cars to their absolute limit,” said Jamie Allison, director, Ford Racing. “This is something we have been doing for over 113 years and why we were so excited to get our hands on the all-new, 2015 Mustang.
“We wanted Mustang enthusiasts to be able to open up the Ford Racing parts catalog and get one of everything and see what they could get. We think the King Cobra package is it. But none of this great work would be possible if Team Mustang had not built the best production Mustang yet.”
This one-off concept is a showcase for Ford Racing’s first performance packages available for the 2015 Mustang. It is equipped with Ford Racing’s “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack” supercharger kit that helps the King Cobra produce 600+ horsepower.
The Drag Pack includes heavy-duty half shafts, and a rear sub-frame kit with pre-installed high-performance bushings to improve traction and put optimum power to the ground under hard acceleration.
The Handling Pack lowers the car approximately one inch with front and rear lowering springs – the front springs on pre-assembled struts. The Handling Pack also includes rear shocks and a stabilizer bar kit.
The key component of the Super Pack is a 2.3L Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger assembly, co-developed and co-branded by Ford Racing and ROUSH Performance. Accompanying the supercharger is a six-rib belt drive system, intake manifold, electronic throttle body, air inlet system, fuel rail and high-flow fuel injectors, complete air-to-liquid intercooler system and the Ford Racing performance computer calibration.
Ford Racing recently took the an early version of the King Cobra package on a 2015 Mustang to Michigan’s Milan Dragway, where the car proved its performance capabilities with a stunning quarter-mile elapsed time of 10.97 seconds.
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Ford Racing chose the name King Cobra for this parts package because of its long association with high-performance Ford vehicles. King Cobra was first used by Carroll Shelby in 1963 for the Cooper Monaco sports racing cars he built with mid-mounted, 289-cubic-inch Ford V8 engines. Then Ford used the name again in 1970 for its prototype aerodynamic NASCAR stock car, based on the Ford Torino. The “King Cobra” name appeared again on a sticker in 1970 for a special prototype run of NASCAR big-block, shovel-nosed Ford Torinos proposed by Boss Mustang designer Larry Shinoda. A couple of prototypes were built, but the program never made it into dealerships.
The best known King Cobra was the 1978 Mustang II, which was also the first Mustang to sport the “5.0” designation for the metric equivalent of the V8 engine’s 302 cubic-inch displacement. With yet another all-new generation of Mustangs already waiting in the wings, the 1978 Mustang II had one last hurrah: the King Cobra. The name was resurrected as the perfect moniker to be used for the vehicle that would represent a step beyond the Cobra II as a direct response to Pontiac’s outlandish Trans Am.
Most King Cobras were built painted Bright Red, although technically any Mustang II exterior paint color was available. But with the package priced at a hefty $1,277, the King Cobra option pushed window stickers above $6,800 without the available T-Tops – which is likely why only 4,971 King Cobras were produced.
Now, it seems fitting for the sixth-generation Mustang’s first “5.0” ultra-high-performance concept to carry the King Cobra name.
The Ford Racing King Cobra graphics project was a new challenge for the Ford Racing team and vehicle graphics partner Competition Graphics. When Ford designer Mark Conforzi suggested a combination of a gloss and matte graphic snake skin pattern, the Competition Graphics design team had to think a little out of the box. The production team digitally printed the red to black gradient on a white 3M film. Then they went to the plotter/cutter to start the long die cutting process of cutting thousands “snake skin” type patterns. Once the snake skin was weeded to a 2 mil gap, the CG application team applied the printed and die cut panels to a matte black wrapping film. The two layer process accomplished what the Ford design team was looking for. Once the sections were printed and ready to install, it took two days for the installation crew to give King Cobra the finished snake skin look.
To display their new line of 2015 Mustang performance parts, Ford Racing took the challenge of being the first parts manufacturer to reach several drag racing ET milestones with the all-new 2015 Mustang.
The fastest combination tested was the 2015 Mustang GT with a Ford Racing/Roush Supercharger Kit that posted a 10.97 Elapsed Time @ 129 Mph in the quarter mile. The black Mustang featured the following upgrades
Ford Racing/ROUSH Performance Supercharger Kit:
After testing the Mustang was converted to the current SEMA project car code named: KING COBRA.