When someone that's been in the Mustang hobby a long time and driven some really fast cars says you have to check out this guy's car, I tend to listen. Such was the case of Jake Long and his '97 Cobra.
UPR Products' Jeremy Martorella told me I needed to check out a Cobra from his area. When Jeremy began describing the car, I realized I already knew about it, but Jeremy telling me how nice the car made me feel more comfortable choosing it for the KOTS. I had already received pictures of Jake's car, and was really taken aback by its mechanical upgrades. The included YouTube videos confirmed Jake's car was perfect for KOTS.
Looking at Jake's car from the outside, you'd keep walking. However, taking a look under the hood will keep you there for a while-both turbos are located right behind the driver-side headlight. Then check out the 16 injectors for the E85 in concert with the eight 24-lb/hr injectors for 87-octane fuel. And how about that custom intake? Jake did it all under the roof of his shop Power by the Hour in Boynton Beach, Florida.
He bought the Cobra pretty much stock a couple years back, and he's finally at a point where he just wants to drive and enjoy it. I have to say Jake's Cobra was one of my favorite cars. Since my daily car is an SN-95 Mustang, I felt right at home, and Jake's was a car you could simply drop in drive and go. With the windows up and A/C blasting, I could've easily confused Jake's car for a stock 15-second automatic-but hit the throttle and both downpipes open up, the E85 fuel system takes over, and everything else on the road gets really small.
What really impressed me was the attention to detail. The cruise-control buttons work the stereo, and using Bluetooth technology, the stereo also serves as the phone. During the Ride & Drive portion, the stereo suddenly started ringing. With just the touch of a button, Jake and I were taking a pizza order from one his buddies back at the track. It was a joke, but also a demonstration of one of its cool features, which are numerous.
On the whole, I don't have room to tell you all the details of Jake's Cobra. What I can tell you is that it's one of the cars I would've loved to take home with me. It perfectly blends horsepower with everyday driveability.
Obviously, Jake's car did really well in the Ride & Drive, with a score of 9 in that category. With 642 hp at the feet, it scored a low 3 in that all-important category. More power would've definitely improved his overall score. With his sleeper exterior, Editor Turner gave him a 7 in Fit & Finish, while the car's technical merits earned it a 9 in Engineering.
After also lunching his 4R70W during the Horsepower competition, Jake only had First and Second gears. Through those gears, we could see the 9-second potential, but without Third and Fourth, he had to coast to the finish line with an 11.29 at 101 mph for a score of 4. Obviously onlookers loved Jake's Cobra, garnering 47 votes for an 11 in that category. Jake finished the competition with a 69.
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5.0 Tech Specs
Engine and Drivetrain
Block: Ford 4.6 aluminum block
Bore: 3.582 in
Stroke: 3.543 in
Displacement: 286 ci
Rotating Assembly: Stock Cobra crankshaft, Manley Performance H-Beam connecting rods, Diamond Racing pistons, Total Seal piston rings
Camshafts: Ford Racing FR500
Heads: Power by the Hour-ported stock Four-Valve heads, Ford Racing FR500 valvesprings
Intake: Power by the Hour-custom
Throttle Body: Stock
Mass Air Meter: Pro-M
Power Adder: Power by the Hour custom twin-turbo system, Master Power 60mm turbochargers, intercooled
Fuel System: Magnafuel pump (E85), Stock fuel pump (87 octane), custom lines and rails for both E85 and 87 octane fuel systems, 16 60-lb/hr fuel injectors for E85, stock 24-lb/hr injectors for 87 octane, Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator for E85, stock regulator for 87 octane
Exhaust: Power by the Hour exhaust system w/Magnaflow mufflers and Dr. Gas tailpipes
Transmission: Power by the Hour-built 4R70W automatic w/FTI 3,000-rpm stall converter, and a stock shifter
Rearend: 8.8 w/'03-'04 Cobra differential, 3.55 gears, and Moser 31-spline axles
Engine Management: MegaSquirt (E85), stock computer (87 octane)
Ignition: Coil-on plug, NGK TR6 spark plugs
Gauges: Stock with wideband