A prototype of the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet drag racer sold at auction for $200,000, the automaker announced today. The proceeds of the auction will benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, which provides assistance to people living with the disease.
The 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet is a ready-to-race, NHRA-legal drag racing car powered by a 5.0-liter V-8 topped with a supercharger. A roll cage and Recaro bucket seats fill the interior, while a "wheelie bar" and parachute mount are affixed to the tail. The car is not street legal, but the auction winner does also receive a day of training at Roy Hill's Drag School in Sophia, North Carolina, as well as videos of the car's build process.
"It is an amazing competition-ready car that will make any team an instant force in its class," Ford Mustang chief engineer Dave Pericak said in a statement. "This Mustang Cobra Jet will be an inspiring reminder for anyone who sees it on the drag strip to continue working to combat the effects of MS."
The special prototype car was adorned in orange paint with reflective gray stripes, and bears the serial number "CJXX1," plus a license plate with the logo of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. It was the prototype model used for developing the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet. The 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet usually costs $97,990 -- before options. For comparison, a standard street-legal 2014 Ford Mustang starts at $22,995 after destination.