AC Cobra MKVI making its debut at Monaco’s Top Marques Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

The wraps on the current revival of the classic Cobra was removed by AC Cars and it is called the MKVI which is equipped with the powerplant of a Corvette and the brakes of a Porsche. The company has struck a long-term strategic partnership with Gullwing GmbH of Germany which will be producing the latest creation in its Heyda factory.

The car will be crafted by hand, with a body constructed partly in aluminum and will be placed over a triangulated, jig-welded spaceframe chassis. There will only be one powerplant that will be available, a Corvette 6.2-liter V8 unit that produces 437 hp for the GT and 647 hp for the GTS version.

Performance is expected to be remarkable considering that the curb weight of the machine is just 1025kg and the firm claims that it can sprint from 0-62mph in just 3.3 seconds for the GTS. Exact suspension settings have not yet been revealed but AC Cars claims that it will be race inspired but ideally adapted to the road.

The stopping power of the cars will come from Porsche's four-pot brakes with aspirated discs measuring 332mm for the front and 298 for the rear. The new cars will come with German carpets and leather hides ensuring a luxurious and comfortable interior.

The MKVI is patterned after the Le Mans-winning Cobra, AC Cars claims, and will come with a built-in hardtop. For more accessibility, small gullwings above the doors lift up, while the car can be utilized as a full convertible. The MKVI will showcase in Monaco on April 16 at the Top Marques Auto Show.

The AC is not only the most admired brand in the world but also the most respected one. This was the statement shared by Gullwing GmbH CEO Juergen Mohr. AC has made sports cars that many enthusiasts continue to be passionate about even today, he continued.

For more than 100 years, Gullwing has manufactured cars that show outstanding engineering while carrying classic designs with traditional craftsmanship, Mohr added. The company is honored to be part of the brand’s future, said Mohr.

Alan Lubinsky meanwhile added that the AC MkVI has two important parts. The company is more than excited to use an aluminium-hybrid body as this gives the AC MkVI a strong composite structure and a classic aluminum finish on its bodyshell, Lubinsky further added.

The AC MkVI will have the light weight gullwing hardtop as a standard feature and when paired with the air conditioning, this gives the driver the capability to drive in all kinds of weather.

Press Release

AC to launch new AC MkVI in Monaco

The AC MkVI will be launched at the Top Marques car show in Monaco on April 16. The AC MkVI, a faithful recreation of the ultimate sports car icon - the AC Cobra, is now being produced in Germany for sale in Europe. AC has entered into a long term strategic alliance with Gullwing GmbH in Heyda, Germany. The AC MkVI is being produced in a modern facility and AC is extremely proud of the quality of the finished product which is due to the skills of the craftsmen at the Heyda facility.

AC's Chairman Alan Lubinsky summarised the main specification of the new AC MkVI:

  • "The car has fully triangulated, jig welded roundtube spaceframe chassis, with racecar derived suspension, suitably adapted to be road compliant.
  • 4-pot Porsche brake calipers with vented discs, 332 mm front-298 mm rear.
  • Differential with variable powerlock.
  • Corvette V-8 engine, 6.2 Litre, 437 bhp for the GT and 647 bhp for GTS version, both compliant to current emission laws.
  • Handmade aluminium-hybrid bodies, handmade to last forever, with increased, air conditioned cabin size for taller drivers.
  • Finest German carpets and leather hides, craftsman made to create a luxurious and comfortable interior".

"AC is one of the most admired and respected marques in the world," stated Juergen Mohr, CEO of Gullwing GmbH. "Their sports cars ignited a passion that still burns inside enthusiasts today. For over a century, the company has built cars with superb engineering, old world craftsmanship and classic designs. We feel extremely honoured that we can now be part of the future of the brand." Alan Lubinsky added:

"There are two major new features on the AC MkVI. We are especially excited about the new aluminium-hybrid body construction on the AC MkVI. This provides the AC MkVI with a traditional aluminium finish on the bodyshell, together with a strong composite structure. In addition to this, the AC MkVI will have as standard equipment a light weight gullwing hardtop, with coupled to the standard air conditioning, will provide drivers with total all weather motoring.

The AC MkVI is an open-top sports car based on the design of the Le Mans winning AC Cobra with many of the original car's characteristics while incorporating modern technology. The cars are not imitations - they are new generation of AC Cobra incorporating relevant advanced technology. "Every year approximately 1,500 copies of the cars AC built in the 1960s are sold in America," says Alan Lubinsky. "Why would anyone buy a replica when they can own an authentic AC roadster that is lighter and better and has been engineered and built to such demanding standards?" Weighing only about 1,025 kg, the lightweight AC MkVI GTS sports car can hit 100 kph in approximately 3.3 seconds. "The AC MkVI is wickedly addictive," says Gullwing's Juergen Mohr.

"One drive in this scorchingly fast sports car creates an adrenalin rush that will last a lifetime. The AC MkVI offers heritage, performance and timeless styling that stirs the soul." The AC chassis has been at the heart of some of the most legendary cars in history. Texan Carroll Shelby imported a number of rolling chassis from AC in the 1960s to build the legendary "Cobras" that dominated international sports car racing. The Shelby American team inserted a performance tuned Ford V8 and gearbox into a chassis and body supplied by AC for the North American market. Since then AC has manufactured a car that has been imitated by numerous companies.

Topics: roadster, sports car

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