The first AC Cobra Series 1 electric is just about ready to hit the road following some final development work and testing at Norfolk-based AC Cars…
Rewind a few months and you may recall the news of 2 new models and a third reimagining arriving at the same time – an AC Cobra Series 1 electric, AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition, and a recreated model of the famous AC Cobra 378 Superblower MkIV.
The AC Cobra Series 1 electric with zero emissions draws inspiration from the 1962 Cobra but is fitted with an electric motor and powered by a front-loaded 54kWh battery offering a range of approximately 150 miles with 0-60 mph in around 5 seconds and a top speed of 120 mph.
Working with the svelte AC Ace, the AC Cobra changed sports cars forever in 1962 by fitting Ford’s small-block V8 into the two-seater and creating an automotive icon.
The shift from petrol engines to electric motors almost 60 years later will be just as significant as the original epiphany, allowing the famous British name to sell highly desirable high-performance cars that are fit for the future.
While the purists will no doubt scream about the lack of decibels, the Series 1 electric does pack a punch akin to the early cars but with the near-instant torque, EVs are known for. With around 150 miles between charging, the Series 1 electric still has some boxes to tick before the automotive ‘silence is golden’ is accepted by certain ICE lovers.
Just 58 examples of the AC Cobra Series 1 electric cars will be made, celebrating the anniversary of the production of the first AC Cobra. With a suggested retail of £138,000, plus on the road charges, it will be available in four unique AC Car colours: electric blue, electric black, electric white, and electric green.
Alan Lubinsky, Chief Executive of AC Cars:
“I’m so proud of the team behind this project, and the hours that have been invested in making this car so special. This is British engineering and technology at its finest, upholding AC Car’s approach to producing only the finest hand-built sports cars.”
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