AC is ploughing ahead with its new model offensive by confirming another EV, the Series 4–electric, which arrives with one of the most potent powerplants ever fitted to a Cobra. Using 54kWh battery hardware supplied by AC’s technical partner, Derby-based Falcon Electric, the two-seater builds on the Superblower with a 617hp, 738lb ft of torque electric motor. The whole car weighs no more than 1,190kg, so 62mph appears in a predictably swift 3.8 seconds.
Range is said to be 200 miles, presumably when you’re not putting those aforementioned performance claims to the test. Given how thirsty petrol Cobras are (think back to the 7.0-litre V8 beasts), even a slightly reduced real-world number seems appropriate. AC makes no bones about its Series 4–electric; this is a car in which to emulate the style of the original, just without tailpipe emissions.
The brand is under no illusions that for some, the loss of a thumping engine kills the point of a Cobra for them entirely. Clearly the company is targeting buyers who want the feel and pizzazz of old school motoring – but without having to worry about urban restrictions or, indeed, their impact on local air quality. It’s why oily bits aside, the 4–electric has been made to look as close to identical to the 378 Superblower MkIV. If that doesn’t satisfy you, rest assured that AC is building new V8 Superblowers in 2021 as well.
“The march of the outstandingly efficient electric AC Cobras is gathering pace now”, said boss Alan Lubinsky. “Eliminating excess weight brings positive benefits for the car’s owner. Lower overall weight reduces energy consumption, allowing the batteries to deliver a longer range and the ability to drive the car to AC’s traditional high standards for speed and acceleration which the marque has achieved over many years”.
Reservations are being taken now on the AC Cars website, with prices starting at £168,000, excluding on the road charges. The first customer cars will be ready just in time for summer of 2021. For those wanting something even more exotic, don’t forget AC is building Cobra Le Mans Electrics in 2021, too, which will be bodied in AC Heritage-made aluminium skin mimicking that of the marque’s famous 24-hour racers of the sixties. You’ll need £600k for one of those, though.
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