Yes, the King Cobra is basically all three of Ford Racing's major parts packs screwed onto the 2015 Mustang GT. But there's more to it than that. We spoke to Ford Racing's Jesse Kershaw to answer some burning questions we had about the big snake. This is what we found out.
We currently have no plans to offer the wrap but if a customer wanted it, we could investigate our supplier selling it to them directly. Because of its individual scales and printed vinyl, it's pretty costly. I would expect it to be around $15,000 retail. -Jesse Kershaw
2. You mentioned at SEMA that the car was fitted with a prototype off-road exhaust. Can customers buy that from Ford Racing?
It's a set of American Racing headers that we use on the Cobra Jet. We don't sell them but they are available from American Racing. I'd estimate $1700 for customer cost. - JK
3. If the exhaust's not street-legal, what would a streetable King Cobra be able to do at the strip?
We haven't tested with a street legal exhaust and calibration so I can't say for certain. It will definitely be slower but the exact amount would just be a guess. Maybe a few tenths of a second but the catalysts would not last long. We actually only picked up a few hundredths with the slicks over street tires but the consistency is much better. The street tire is much more hit-or-miss. If you get it just right it can work, but the operating range is narrow compared to a sticky drag tire. - JK
The calibration is one-off and will not be sold. The emissions-legal calibration is included in the supercharger kit. - JK
I confirmed with Mickey Thompson that both the front and rear tires shown on the King Cobra are in fact DOT approved. The front it's their Sportsman Front in 18-inch, which was required to clear the front brakes. And the rear is their all-new ET Street R that they unveiled at SEMA. There are only 4 tires in existence, including the two on the car.- JK