AC Cars will build replica 1963 Cobra Le Mans racers with electric powertrains

British agency AC Cars created the Ace sports activities automobile that shaped the premise for the unique Shelby Cobra, and now AC is one in all many corporations within the burgeoning Cobra-replica enterprise. On Thursday, AC introduced a brand new batch of replicas impressed by its 1963 Cobra 24 Hours of Le Mans race vehicles however sporting trendy electric powertrains.

AC is already constructing a restricted run of Cobra Series 1 Electric sports activities vehicles, however the AC Cobra Le Mans Electric replica will have much more energy. Its single electric motor produces 617 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque, in comparison with 308 hp and 368 lb-ft for the Series 1 Electric. That permits for 0-62 mph in 4.2 seconds, the corporate estimates.

A 54-kwh battery pack will present as much as 120 miles of vary, in line with AC, probably as measured on the European WLTP testing cycle.

AC Cobra on the 1963 24 Hours of Le Mans

Like the unique race vehicles, the Le Mans replicas will have hand-formed aluminum bodywork, with detachable hardtops. They will put on liveries harking back to the 2 1963 manufacturing facility race vehicles—registration numbers 39 PH and 645 CGT.

AC plans to build 12 Le Mans replicas, six for every of the 2 1963 race vehicles. In the United Kingdom, they’re priced at $776,523 based mostly on present alternate charges, however AC hasn’t mentioned U.S. availability. AC did not say when the vehicles will be accessible, however known as them 2021 recreations, so anticipate supply subsequent 12 months.

The skyrocketing values of authentic Cobras has created a fertile marketplace for replicas. AC provides the caché of being (alongside with Shelby American) one of many authentic Cobra producers, and plans to challenge serial numbers for its replicas in sequence with the Nineteen Sixties Cobras. In addition to electric fashions, AC provides Cobra replicas with Ford 2.3-liter turbo-4 and General Motors LSA 6.2-liter V-8 engines.

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