Military Serviceman’s Cool Cobra Deserves a Salute
With its owner’s deployment drawing near, this 787-hp Mustang is ready to give the quarter-mile all it’s got.
Mustangs are already high-performance superstars, with the Cobra being the top dog that doesn’t have the name Shelby attached (aside from when the name was applied to an equally awesome British roadster). However, there is something that can unlock even more greatness, a key forged from the mind of Art Whipple: the Whipple Supercharger.
We were combing through Craigslist the other day when we happened upon a 2003 Mustang Cobra equipped with a 2.3-liter Whipplecharger residing south of Fresno, California, and it’s one we’d like to share with you.
“Looking to sell my car with deployment coming around the corner,” says the current owner, who bought the then-rough running Mustang Cobra a couple of years ago. Since then, the Mustang has been made mechanically sound. And speaking of sounds, we can already hear the 2.3-liter Gen II Whipple gloriously howling with 18 lbs of boost shoved through the fresh short-block V8. The combo puts out between 678 and 787 horses, depending on what fuel is used.
The inside of the Mustang Cobra retains most of the stock bits, but it now has a six-point roll cage in need of door and harness bars. The leather boot is also worn, likely due to the tons of shifting this high-power pony has done over the 15 years since leaving the assembly line.
The Whipplecharged Mustang Cobra needs some more TLC before heading out to the drag strip, such as paint corrections, a new fuel sender and gasket, and the aforementioned roll cage components. Once those are handled, though, it’ll only be a matter of time before the Whipplecharger howls down the quarter-mile, and the Cobra blows away the competition.