American, British Icon Reborn: 2011 Iconic AC Roadster
The AC Cobra is an English icon that later became an American icon when Carroll Shelby stuffed a small-block, and later a big-block, V-8 into the tiny roadster. Reproductions of the car continue to be made to this day, but Iconic Motors' AC Roadster isn't a reproduction -- it's a modern twist on the classic.
Iconic's AC Roadster is clearly influenced by the classic Shelby AC Cobra but features unique, modern styling cues. The redesigned front of the Iconic Roadster features redesigned front and rear fascias and more bulbous fenders with integrated headlights, adding aerodynamic updates to the original Cobra design. The sides of the car directly copy the original, but the rear features slightly reshaped rear fenders and taillights. Both the headlights and taillights use modern LED technology and the body is crafted from carbon fiber and aluminum.
Of course, as a modern interpretation of the Shelby AC Cobra, the Iconic AC Roadster had to be powerful. Its V-8 -- a pushrod, like the original Cobra's -- displaces 6.8 liters and produces 825 horsepower and 680 pound-feet of torque. The engine is coupled to a Tremec/Iconic Motors-designed six-speed manual transmission with a lightweight dual-plate clutch. This combination allows the Roadster to hit 60 mph in under 3.0 seconds, according to the manufacturer.
The chassis has been specifically designed to cope with the massive twist from the engine. It uses chrome-alloy steel tube construction with aluminum honeycomb reinforcements and a carbon fiber passenger cell. According to Iconic, this construction gives the Roadster racecar-strength torsional rigidity. For the suspension, Iconic uses an unequal length, control-arm setup with brake fluid passages drilled in,