by Bill P.
This week Ford introduced the “King Cobra,” a 2015 Mustang GT tricked out with Ford Racing performance parts. 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 modifications.
This one-off concept is equipped with Ford Racing’s “Drag Pack,” “Handling Pack,” and “Super Pack” supercharger kit. The key component of the Super Pack is a 2.3L Twin Vortices Series (TVS) supercharger assembly, co-developed and cobranded 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 all helping to produce a staggering 600 horsepower.
The Drag Pack includes heavy-duty half shafts, and a rear subframe 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 preassembled struts. The Handling Pack also includes rear shocks and a stabilizer bar kit.
Ford Racing recently took an early version of King Cobra package on a 2015 Mustang to Michigan’s Milan Dragway, where did a quarter-mile hot lap in 10.97 seconds.
The King Cobra moniker was first introduced by Carroll Shelby in 1963 for the high-performance Cooper Monaco sports racing cars he built with mid-mounted, 289-cubic-inch Ford V8 engines. The most well-known King Cobra was an option package that could be equipped to a 1978 Mustang II. This model was the first Mustang to sport the “5.0” designation for the metric equivalent of the V8 engine’s 302 cubic-inch displacement.