AC Cars to deliver Series 1 Cobra Roadster with new electric powertrain
AC Cars, one of the oldest independent British automobile manufacturers, has announced that it is on the brink of delivering an electric version of its classic Series 1 Cobra Roadster to customers. Bridging the gap between its famed history and its future, the British manufacturer’s legendary AC Cobra two-seater sports car will get new life with an electric powertrain. Originally, the classic sports car hit the public roads in the 1960s.
Originally founded in the year of 1901, AC Cars got officially incorporated as Auto Carriers Limited around a decade later. For a period of more than a century, the company saw several liquidations and name changes, but it remained a privately owned independent automobile manufacturer.
The original AC Cobra sports car came into existence in the early 1960s, apparently to compete with the likes of the Chevrolet Corvette. Carroll Shelby approached the iconic car maker with the idea to equip the manufacturer’s existing Ace chassis with a small Ford V8 engine. The idea was accepted and the result was a roadster that could hit a top speed of 200 miles per hour (mph). Later, in the year of 1965, the Cobra name was sold to automobile giant Ford Motor Co.
Now, the classic car brand is trying to recapture its spirit of revolutionary innovation by producing electric zero-emission versions of its famed legendary cars, starting with the Series 1 electric Cobra.
In a recently issued statement, the automaker said that the electric version of its classic Series 1 Cobra was in the final stage of its development, and the very first batch of the EV would be delivered to pre-order holders very soon.
Commenting on the upcoming EV, the automaker said, “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.”
The upcoming Series 1 electric Cobra will come equipped with 55 kWh battery pack and 230 kW electric motor, instead of a fossil fuel-burning petrol engine. According to AC Cars’ claims, it will deliver an average driving range of 150 miles on a single charge. Acceleration of 0-60 mph takes just 6.7 seconds, thanks to the electric roadster comparatively lower weigh of less than 2,800 pounds (1,250 kg).