The AC Cobra Concept Car for the New Millennium
If ever there were a car that symbolized the automotive design of the free-spirited 60s, it is the legendary AC Cobra.
Featuring a revolutionary small block Ford V8 engine – built for the sole purpose of speed, the AC Cobra kicked dust in the face of its competitors as it won one race after the other on European and American circuits. With its iconic muscle-car looks and high-end performance on the roads, the 60s roadster was the car to have.
British designer, Jamie Martin, has paid homage to the 60s racing icon by designing an AC Cobra concept car for the new millennium. The Cobra Venom V8 is a modern day re-imagining of the original muscle car, and tries to capture the true essence of the roadster. The new age Cobra retains the trademark flowing lines and bulging muscular look of the old school Cobra, but in a smooth aerodynamic finish. A shining metallic grey is the primary color chosen for the concept car with articulated racing stripes running from the rear of the vehicle to its front end. The wheels that set this racer in motion are 17-inch aluminum wheels wrapped in Pirelli P-Zero ‘Snake Tread’ tires.
As a racing car, the original Cobra had to have a feather light frame that would allow it to zip past its competition. The new age Cobra Venom has carried on the tradition of having a lightweight body frame with a chassis built from extruded aluminum, and body panels that are built from weight-free carbon fiber. The body frame also features an impressive safety feature: a Formula 1 inspired alloy cocoon that protects the driver’s cabin with front and side impact airbags.
With a sparkling body and seductive design, Jamie Martin’s concept Cobra is a real looker. Its true beauty, however, lies under its hood. Powered by a 4.6 liter supercharged Ford V8 that can produce 524 BHP, the Venom is lightning quick and goes from 0-60 mph in an estimated 3.4 seconds. The drive train (gearbox) that allows the racer to sprint from a stationary position is a Tremec 6-speed manual transmission that has an automatic paddle shift option. If you are willing to push the speedster to its limit, the concept car can reach a top speed of 214 mph.
It is hard to believe that with such impressive features the Cobra Venom V8 is just a concept car for now. One hopes to see this new age muscle-car ride on the road soon.