AC Cobra Electric, 4-Cylinder Take Famous Roadster In New Directions
AC COBRA IS RENAISSÉ! ELECTRIFIED FOR THE FUTURE WITH A STRONG GASOLINE SUPPLY OPTION TO BUILD ON ITS HERITAGE
It’s not uncommon for an automotive icon to be reborn and updated at the same time. Yet the two new models in the 2020 AC Cobra lineup launched today come with sparkling engine options: an all-new specially designed all-electric powertrain and an all-new high-performance four-cylinder gasoline engine from the latest Ford Mustang.
The engines are packed in an instantly recognizable body – the only really graceful sports car with proven muscle car credentials: the AC Cobra!
AC Cobra Series 1 electric
AC Cars (England) Ltd is launching a limited edition of zero emission cars, the first electric cars to bear the AC mark. This model is called “AC Cobra Series1” electric“and only 58 cars will be made. Number 58 is a celebration of the 58 years since the production of the first AC Cobra, one of the most iconic cars ever built which, when launched in 1962, featured a Ford engine has done so much to create the unique pedigree of AC Cobra.
The car will be identical to the first AC Cobra which was manufactured in 1962 but sounds totally different – the first AC powered!
The car will be completely based on the original AC Cobra. The first car will be in the spirit of the original cars and will have a similar scale frame, adapted if necessary for the electric drive components, including the batteries.
There are a number of improvements for the electric car, including steering, brakes, etc. – all designed to deliver the ultimate 2020 standards of handling and handling that do not compromise the 1962 style and appeal of the gloriously identifiable body. The body will be constructed of high quality composite and the car will have a traditional AC Cobra interior.
Deliveries will start in the last quarter of 2020 and the suggested retail price will be £ 138,000 plus road costs.
The car will only be available in four colors a) Electric blue AC b) Electric black AC c) Electric white AC (shown here) d) Electric green AC. More information will be available on the AC website, www.accars.eu, from July 1. The mechanical specifications are as follows:
Acceleration 0-62 mph:
500 Nm peak / 250 Nm continuous
Less than 1250 kg
AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition
It is basically similar in detail and identical in appearance to both the 1962 AC Cobra and the Series1 electric model described above.
Named in the traditional AC style for the size of its gasoline engine in cubic inches, the AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition has a high-powered 2.3-liter 350 hp engine, as used in the latest Ford Mustang.
AC says that this new model is a great car for the time, being a traditional light sports car and having a light engine of such power that it offers a very traditional feel and driving appeal.
This car will share the handling and performance improvements of the AC Cobra 1 series electric. It will be available in a wider range of colors.
There will be a launch version of 58 Charter Edition the cars and deliveries will also start in the last quarter of 2020. The suggested retail price of the car will be £ 85,000. Again, more details will be available on the AC website as of July 1.
|Acceleration 0-62 mph: |
|About 6 seconds|
About. 350 hp
About. 1100 kg
Property and pedigree
The fact that AC Cars is able to envision a thoughtful renaissance in such a period of upheaval in the global automotive industry is largely due to the strengths and persistence of the UK’s oldest car brand , founded in 1901.
“Our long saga reflects the many challenges of manufacturing low-volume sports cars in the modern world,” said Alan Lubinsky, CEO of AC Cars. “But, over the years, our belief in the brand has been supported by the loyalty and support of AC Cobra owners worldwide. Their faith has given us the motivation to continue to strive to give AC a future – and with these great new products, designed not only for today but for tomorrow, I am confident that we have given AC a bright future. ” .
“We have more exciting plans ahead but our goal at the moment is to have these 116 cars built, sold and released where they should be – on the open road,” he said.
AC has strengthened its management team with the appointment to its board of its long-term legal advisor, Neil Baylis, as a non-executive director. Baylis, partner at London’s leading law firm Mishcon at Reya LLP, said: “This is a critical moment in the history of the oldest British car manufacturer – AC. I have the privilege of being on board during this difficult time for car manufacturers, large and small.