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Ford Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo Concept Debuts at SEMA

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Ford has unveiled the new Mustang Cobra Jet Twin-Turbo concept at the 2012 SEMA show. For the first time ever Ford Racing has equipped its factory-built turn-key drag racer with a turbocharged engine, proving that there is indeed a replacement for displacement.

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When the original Mustang Cobra Jet drag racers rolled out of the Mustang factory in 1968, they relied on 7.0-liter V8 engines with massive four-barrel carburetors to propel them down the strip.

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"When a new generation of Cobra Jets arrived four decades later, they immediately began winning with a modern, fuel-injected 5.4-liter V8 topped with a belt-driven supercharger," recalls Jesse Kershaw, Ford drag racing competition manager. "Over the past four years, the Cobra Jet has gone on to become both a fan and competitor favorite, the most successful late-model vehicle in drag racing."

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"Despite its smaller displacement, the improved breathing of the 5.0-liter with its twin independent variable camshaft timing and Boss 302 cylinder heads provided comparable performance while showcasing the high technology available in street Mustangs today," said Rob Deneweth, Cobra Jet powertrain development engineer. Ford did not reveal the official specs for the twin-turbocharged 5.0L V8.

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