1998 AC Cobra Superblower
AC has thirty six years association with the Superblower and its illustrious predecessor, the Cobra – one of the best known models in the lexicon of classic sports cars. The Cobra is a by-word for fast, muscular motoring and for many years in its original guise was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the worlds fastest production car. Now in its latest reincarnation, the AC Superblower – powered by a supercharged 5.0 litre V8 engine – still combines mighty power with unique and distinctive body styling.
Conceived more than 40 years ago from the original AC Ace, the all-aluminium body continues to be hand crafted using the original tooling and retains the enduring good looks which have found it favour with a loyal circle of driving enthusiasts around the world.
The Superblower’s interior is trimmed with finest English leather and deep pile wool carpeting. Superblower motoring has more to do with muscle-power than creature comfort, however. When the Cobra was originally conceived it developed a well-earned reputation for delivering the ultimate in performance. Over the years increasing regulatory constraints diminished that raw power to a point where – before AC Car Group came into being in 1996 – the car was a pale imitation of its former self.
Today’s Superblower has changed all that, and – through the introduction of supercharging – has restored this motoring icons extremes of power, putting 320 entirely useable bhp at the driver’s disposal. Top speed is 155 mph and Superblower delivers a 0 to 60 mph time of a blistering 4.2 seconds.
Along with the new engine package comes a re-designed retro-look interior. This features new circular Smiths instruments, mounted on a central binnacle, new seats and new carpeting. There is a warning light cluster in front of the driver and a new steering wheel. There is a stylish, hand-tooled aluminium gear knob and the startling yellow show car features a colour-coordinated instrument binnacle. The Superblower is priced from Â£69,795.
Story by AC Car Group Limited, Press release October 20th 1998
Speedometer, tachometer, clock, oil pressure gauge, oil temperature gauge, water temperature gauge, fuel gauge, voltmeter, handbrake/brake fluid level warning light, main beam warning light, indicator warning light, low fuel warning light, oil pressure warning light and ignition warning light.
Hood and tonneau, driver’s side roll-over bar, dual catalyst exhaust system, oil cooler, leather interior, radio cassette, electric aerial, fully carpeted boot and alloy wheels.
Alarm system, mohair hood/tonneau, painted stripes, painted wheel centres, three eared spinners (set of four), stainless steel sidevents, windwings, perspex sun visors, CD multichanger. See more images here
|engine||Supercharged Ford V8|
|fuel feed||Electronic fuel injection|
|displacement||4942 cc / 301.6 in³|
|bore||101.6 mm / 4.0 in|
|stroke||76.2 mm / 3.0 in|
|power||238.6 kw / 320.0 bhp @ 5700 rpm|
|specific output||64.75 bhp per litre|
|bhp/weight||275.86 bhp per tonne|
|torque||521.99 nm / 385.0 ft lbs @ 3750 rpm|
|body / frame||Aluminum ovcr Tubular Steel Ladder-Type Frame|
|front tires||225/50VR x 16|
|rear tires||255/50VR x 16|
|front brakes||Venetd Discs w/Servo Assist|
|f brake size||mm / in|
|rear brakes||Venetd Discs w/Servo Assist|
|r brake size||mm / in|
|front wheels||F 40.6 x 17.8 cm / 16.0 x 7 in|
|rear wheels||R 40.6 x 20.3 cm / 16 x 8 in|
|steering||Rack & Pinion|
|f suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Tube Dampers, Coil Springs|
|r suspension||Unequal Wishbones w/Tube Dampers, Coil Springs|
|curb weight||1160 kg / 2557 lbs|
|wheelbase||2285 mm / 90.0 in|
|front track||1409 mm / 55.5 in|
|rear track||1485 mm / 58.5 in|
|length||4200 mm / 165.4 in|
|width||1746 mm / 68.7 in|
|height||1200 mm / 47.2 in|
|transmission||Borg Warner T50D 5-Speed Manual|
|top speed||~249.4 kph / 155.0 mph|
|0 – 60 mph||~4.2 seconds|