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A tribute to the Shelby AC Cobra




"This hand built super car combines American muscle and European maneuverability to reach speeds of up to 200 miles per hour." The purpose and the looks just scream AC Cobra to me. I don't know if the builder had it in mind when designing the car but, to me, it looks like a modern take on an AC Cobra with an AC Daytona front end. The car, named Lucra LC470, can be had with one of two GM small block V8s, though, not Ford engines. The standard engine is a 6.2 litre LS3 and, as you may have guessed, the 7.0 litre (427 c.i.) LS7 is an option, just like the legendary AC Cobra 427. This one demands a much higher premium, though, costing over $120,000 whereas the original AC Cobra 427 cost approximately $7,000 back in the day, or nearly $53,000 in today's money. Power is routed through a Tremec TKO 600RR 5-speed (H-pattern) transmission.




The car utilizes a carbon fibre body and weighs just 2,000 pounds and with small-block V8 power, it can reach 60 mph in just under 3 seconds and go on to top speed of 200 mph. Luke Richards, the man who designed the car, was brought up in "both Europe and the United States and he had a passion for both muscle and lightweight sports cars" so he decided on the concept. Sounds familiar? That's because Shelby had the same vision; lightweight and plenty of power.




Unlike many "boutique" cars, the car utilizes power steering. In the front, there is a SLA double-wishbone suspension with fully adjustable coil overs. Like wise, in the back there are fully adjustable coil overs but the rear suspension is a 5-link independent suspension. Helping put all the power down are 18" x 10" and 18" x 11" 1-piece forged monoblock wheels in the front and rear wrapped in 275/35/18 and 315/30/18 Nitto NT01 tires. A standard limited slip differential (presumably a clutch-type) helps make better use of the available traction while an optional Eaton Tru-Trac will make the most of the available traction. It all sounds great.




I wish it were something built by a mainstream manufacturer and offered for a lot less but there probably isn't a economic case for it when you factor all the mainstream manufacturer standards for crash ratings, safety and convenience features, fuel economy and emissions so for now, we will have to admire those small builders - a tribute to the legendary Carroll Shelby and the Shelby AC Cobra 427. To learn more, visit: LUCRA Cars or watch the video below where you can also hear some sweet V8 noise.


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