What’s It Like To Drive An AC Cobra?

Have you experienced driving an AC Cobra? If not, then you should definitely try driving it at least once. This Anglo-American sports car will definitely provide you with a unique and exhilarating driving experience.

AC Cobra
AC Cobra

Produced in the 1960s, AC Cobra cars are made by a British manufacturer. They are characterized by their refined and smooth Bristol straight-6 engine as well as their 2-seater AC Ace Roadster. In 1961, production of the Bristol engines came to a halt, and was replaced by the V8 engines (Chrysler 331 cid).

AC Cobra cars are well-known for their impressive and comprehensive racing career. Weighing less five hundred pounds less than the Chevrolet Corvette, the AC Cobra became a ‘Corvette Beater’. During a race at the Riverside International Raceway on the 2nd of February 1963, Dave MacDonald, while driving an AC Cobra, defeated Jaguars, Corvettes, Maseratis and Porsches, giving the AC Cobra its very first victory. This just goes to show that even though the AC Cobra is a lightweight car, in terms of speed, it is at par if not better than the bigger and heavier race/sports car models.

The AC Cobra is a top performance car that will surely provide any driver the best road experience. In fact, AC Cobra cars was said to be the reason behind the national speed limits implemented in the UK. In 1964, an AC Cobra Coupe had recorded a whopping speed of 186 mph at the M1 motorway.

Though the AC Cobra failed to conquer the tight competition in the 60’s, it is still revered for its defying and undeniable appeal as well as its impressive road dynamics. In fact, it was regarded as a ‘fun car’ showcasing a simple yet very distinctive design that has stunned the automotive world.

The introduction of the Shelby AC Cobra boosted the popularity of the AC Cobra. Carroll Shelby, a race car driver, decided to come up with an affordable sports car that exudes  European looks but carries a thriving engine. And Shelby did just that. What makes the Shelby AC Cobra stand out is not its pretty and visually appealing exterior but the prototype hidden under its hood – a 250 ci engine (high-compression) capable of delivering up to 325 horsepower.

Driving an AC Cobra is one-of-a-kind experience that any car enthusiast must certainly not miss out. Capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 within 4.2 seconds, the AC Cobra is known as a top road performer with a top speed of up to 246 kph.