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AC Cars Builds a Modern Cobra With Coyote V-8 Power

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AC Cars Unveils Modern Cobra With Coyote V-8 PowerAC Cars

AC Cars pulled the cover off an all-new AC Cobra GT Roadster, just a year after announcing the car's return. This thoroughly modern take on a legend combines vintage styling with nods to modernity. Perhaps most importantly, the car comes exclusively powered by a choice of two honking Ford V-8 engines.

While the Cobra name is inextricably linked to Shelby American on this side of the Atlantic, AC Cars's relationship with the project dates back to the Cobra's genesis. Shelby based the Cobra on the AC Ace, a roadster originally powered by a Bristol inline-six. AC was in the process of replacing the pre-war powertrain when they received a call from Carroll Shelby, who wanted an Ace modified to accept a V-8. While the Ace would ultimately live on until the 1963 model year with a new Ford-sourced inline-six, the V-8-powered Cobra collaboration was ready for 1962. While the cars were sold as Shelby products in the States, AC actually built and sold Cobras in Europe with instruction and approval from back home. It is only natural then that AC Cars is the one to bring the Cobra back to the old world with this latest project.

While the AC Cobra GT Roadster looks a lot like the classic model from afar, closer inspection reveals key differences. This new car is much larger than the original, four inches longer overall. The car’s wheelbase has stretched more than 11 inches and its track was widened too. The chassis itself is made from extruded aluminum and laid out in a space frame. The reworked body has been constructed from a carbon-composite material. It weighs just 110 pounds. AC Cars claims the car's stretched dimensions establish its GT character, while making it a more comfortable place for larger drivers. That extra size doesn't come without some penalties however, as this new Cobra tips the scales at just under 3200 pounds.

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