Superperformance is working on removing the heart of the Cobra.
One of the quintessential American sports cars has to be the Shelby Cobra, a car that blew away European rivals in the 1960s and continues to be competitive on racetracks across the globe to this day. One of the key elements to this car is its V8 heart, and while various replicas make use of a number of different engine designs, the majority roar to life with a V8 rumble. Superformance, an automotive tuning company based in Irvine, California, is all about building authentic replicas of iconic 1960s sports cars such as the Shelby Mustang and stunning Ford GT40. The company also specializes in Shelby Cobra replicas, and in a recent video posted on YouTube, it has revealed its new plans for this classic icon: It's going electric.
The emergence of electric vehicles is starting to creep into the world of classic cars. Superformance has taken note, and in its latest YouTube video has announced that it will be offering an all-electric Cobra in the near future. The video does not divulge much information, but it is clear that the Cobra in the video is silently driving about with the rumble of a V8 clearly missing from the picture. Superformance says "Still in the development and testing stages our Superformance MKIII E will accelerate our customers into the new auto era of electric car propulsion where performance will not be a compromise."
Fans of the Shelby Cobra regard the Cobra 427 as the halo car. This classic racer made use of a "side oiler" Ford 7.0-liter (427 cu. in.) FE engine featuring a single 4-barrel 780 CFM Holley carburetor. In this guise, the Cobra produced 425 horsepower and 480 lb-ft of torque. In its most powerful state of tune, the 427 produced 485 hp and could hit a top speed of 185 mph. Superformance is yet to reveal performance figures, but expect some rapid acceleration.