Ford Motor Company has teamed up with Barrett-Jackson Auction Company to auction off one hell of a car, an NHRA-ready one-of-a-kind prototype – 2014 Cobra Jet Ford Mustang. This powerful ride will cross the auction block at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on Saturday, September 28 to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
This NHRA-legal vehicle is powered by a 5.0L supercharged V-8 mated to a T4 racing transmission, an optional traction “wheelie” bar, 8.50 ET certified chrome-moly safety cage, exclusive Cobra Jet-branded Weld wheels, three-link rear suspension, lightweight racing brakes, 9-inch rear axle, and custom Cobra Recaro seats. This track-ready ride was built as a prototype for the 2014 model year with a unique serial number of #2014 BJMS CJXX1.
The exterior is painted an intense fiery orange with dark gray reflective stripes. The license plate features National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s logo.
The winning bidder will receive a once-in-a-lifetime Mustang experience, starting with becoming an honorary member of Team Mustang with full backstage passes to the Ford Product Development Center, Ford Design Studios and Ford Racing.
“The money to found Ford Motor Company came from Henry Ford's only race as a driver, so you could say motorsports is in our blood,” says Dave Pericak, Mustang chief engineer. “This Cobra Jet is an awesome factory turn-key performer at the drag strip. It's capable of approximately nine-second quarter-mile runs as delivered from Ford. And we will include several once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the winning bidder. For example, few get to see the inner workings of the Ford Product Development Center and Ford Racing to learn how to leverage the Cobra Jet’s power. This information can then be taken to the track to immediately break into competitive racing.”
Ford will also offer Ride-and-Drives and hot laps at Mandalay Bay Event Center with the Shelby GT500, Boss 302 Mustang, Focus ST, Fiesta ST and the Shelby American-built GT350, GT500 Super Snake and Shelby Focus ST for rare high-speed experiences.
Not only will the winning bidder get one heck of a car, they will also get to enjoy training at Roy Hill’s Drag Racing School in Sophia, NC, a tour of the Ford Product Development Center and Ford Racing with Mustang Chief Engineer Dave Pericak, which includes backstage passes into the Ford Design studio. On top of that, the whole Mustang experience will be documented for a future Mustang book and documentary, and they will receive a video of the vehicle build, testing and action from the Barrett-Jackson auction in Las Vegas.
“We’re proud to offer the opportunity for a serious competitor to up their game with this Mustang Cobra Jet,” says Steve Ling, North America car marketing manager for Ford. “But, just as important, we’re honored the proceeds will support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s work with those living with this disabling disease of the central nervous system. Through our long-standing relationship with Barrett-Jackson, we continue to support charities through exceptional vehicle sales.”
Just last month the last retail 2014 Shelby GT500 convertible was auctioned off at Barrett-Jackson to support the Brain Injury Association of America, an organization championed by 1963 Indy 500 winner Parnelli Jones. It also brought in money to support the Carroll Shelby Foundation and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.