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 |  Dec 22 2012, 10:01 AM

At the 2012 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida, Mazda took a stock Mazda2 and transformed it into a B-Spec race car in just three days, on the show floor.

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 |  Dec 02 2011, 11:45 PM

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Ford officially announced its 2013 Mustang Cobra Jet at the 2011 Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show in Orlando, Florida, ready to roll into NHRA’s Stock and Super Stock classes and start dominating. The 2013 Cobra Jet will be limited to just 50 units and orders can be placed at a local Ford dealer where it’ll be first come, first serve.

Production of the Cobra Jets won’t begin until June of 2012 and Ford anticipates to start delivering vehicles by mid-summer of that year. It has an approximate MSRP of $86,000 with the naturally aspirated option while the supercharged variant will run $93,000. Additional options and pricing won’t be announced until the beginning of next year in January.

But what we do know about the race car is that both will be powered by Ford’s 5.0L TiVCT powerplant, with the naturally aspirated one featuring a Cobra Jet induction system, CNC ported heads, high lift cams and low-drag accessory drive while the supercharged version sports a 2.9L Whipple supercharger mated to a 5.0L with CNC port-matched manifold and heads and a proprietary 10-rib supercharger drive system for high RPM use without the need of a belt.

Ford also improved the chassis on the 2013 Cobra Jet with lightweight body modifications helping give it better weight distribution and while electric power steering provides better drivability without parasitic horsepower loss. On the inside, a new roll cage was designed to optimize safety and chassis rigidity. Minor tweaks include a new brake pedal ratio for more modulation and stopping power while the rear suspension’s geometry has been tweaked to deliver faster and more consistent 60-foot times.

Unfortunately no horsepower figures were announced with the release of the vehicle at PRI.

Ford is also allowing its fans to vote for the color of the 2013 Cobra Jet (classic white, silver or black) at fordracing.com with voting ending on December 31st, 2011.

GALLERY: 2013 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet

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[Source: Mustangs Daily]

 |  Dec 09 2010, 10:01 PM

Every December, racers and gearheads gather at the Performance Racing Industry (PRI) show, located in sunny Orlando, Florida.

It’s also the perfect opportunity for the automakers and their parts divisions to roll out some serious hardware, in preparation for next year’s racing season. In 2010, Chrysler is pulling out all the stops – it’s Motor Parts division (yes, that’s what MOPAR really stands for), is releasing an all new 426 cubic inch Hemi V8, based on the Generation III series architecture.

This motor sports an aluminum block and heads, comes with a complete oil pan and intake manifold assembly and will retail for $13,675, when production begins later this month. Considering it cranks out a whopping 540-hp and 530 ft-lbs of torque, plus what original factory iron-block 426s go for, that’s a considerable bargain.

Other cool stuff at the PRI Mopar display this year, include a new Challenger Drag Pack car, powered by a 500-plus cubic-inch V10. Already approved for NHRA Stock and Super Stock racing, the first of these limited edition drag only specials will roll off the assembly line next year and promise to make things rather interesting, especially as Ford is about to dish up another Cobra Jet Mustang, likely in time for the 2012 season.

Other cool Mopar stuff  for 2011 includes cold air intake kits, new W2 aluminum cylinder heads for traditional small block V8s (read 340/360 Wedge engines), Gen III Hemi valvetrain tie bars, aluminum blocks, head stud kits and new Challenger rear strut brace kits. For information on these and other new Mopar products, click on the link below.

[Source: Mopar]