2000 AC Cobra 212 S/C review and pictures

Posted on Monday, 22 January 2007 , 16:01:54 byAlina

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AC Cobra 212 S/C

The new AC Cobra 212 S/C was launched by AC Car Group Limited and it might just be one of the fastest cars in the world. Under the hood it hides a 3.5-liter Lotus V8 Twin Turbo engine capable of developing 350 BHP and 295 lb. ft. of torque. The price is EUR68.990. High performance Avon tires have been selected to create a special road / race package for the AC 212 S/C to ensure that the huge output of the Lotus V8 reaches the road. All the power is being sent to the wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Power steering is standard together with AP Racing dual circuit servo-assisted ventilated discs all round. The body construction offers high-tech, low cost motoring and has enabled us to produce this prodigious combination at a very affordable price.

The new AC Cobra 212 S/C was launched by AC Car Group Limited and the car could be one of the very fasted cars in the world. The new Cobra developed 350 bhp available from its 3.5 litre Lotus V8 Twin Turbo engine which is a Lotus powered and the price for the car is £68,990

For the new car AC is using the ultra low weight of the advanced Formula One carbon fibre body technology it pioneered on the very successful AC Cobra MKIV CRS. High performance Avon tyres have been selected to create a special road/race package for the AC 212 S/C to ensure that the huge output of the Lotus V8 reaches the road. Coupled to a six-speed gearbox, this exciting engine is now able to deliver its full power and torque potential.

'With the AC 212 S/C we've been able to bring together three tremendous assets in the same package, says John Owen, AC Car Group Limited's Chief Engineer and the man who earlier led the Lotus design team which conceived the V8 unit. We've got the ultimate sports car looks of the iconic AC Cobra. We've developed the pioneering F1 carbon fibre technology from the CRS. And we've mated all of this to one of the most powerful engines available today - the Lotus V8. The result is a car which should set new records - on and off the track!'

The specification of the new AC 212 S/C model reflects its tremendous performance potential. The 3.5 litre Lotus engine with twin Garratt turbochargers develops 350 bhp at 6,500 rpm and 295 lb ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. It drives through a Tremec T56 six-speed manual gearbox and BTR Hydratrak final drive (ratio 3.73:1) to the rear axle. Power steering is standard together with AP Racing dual circuit servo-assisted ventilated discs all round.

With its record-breaking performance, the new AC 212 S/C is bound to evoke strong memories of the tremendous power of the ultimate AC Cobra, the AC Cobra 427 with its seven litre Ford V8. Despite the much higher weight of the AC Cobra 427 (the AC 212 S/C weighs in at approximately 900 kg, about three quarters of the weight of the 427) it achieved acceleration figures which should prove roughly comparable with the new model. Interestingly, AC Car Group Limited is finding a steady demand from true connoisseurs wanting the ultimate in individuality offered by the AC Cobra 427, which it has been continuously building since the early 1960s.

'The AC 212 S/C is a hugely valuable addition to our line up of models which so proudly display their AC Cobra pedigree', said Mike Hall, AC Car Group Limited's Joint Chairman. 'It provides supercar performance which will prove to be very near - or even at - the peak of a strongly competitive group of cars. Our advanced body construction offers high-tech, low cost motoring and has enabled us to produce this prodigious combination at a very affordable price'.