What Happens When You Strap A 900-HP Coyote Engine To An AC Cobra?

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It’s got better power to weight than a Chiron but none of the aerodynamic aids or grip. What do you think is going to happen?

Though it doesn’t dilute the overall fun of the driving experience, it’s easy to see how many of today’s hottest supercars make the job too easy for the driver. We’re not trying to detract from modern supercars like the the new Porsche 911 GT2 RS or the Lamborghini Huracan Performante, but still, there's something antiseptic about these cars. The leaps and bounds made in the field of automotive engineering means that they can go faster than ever, especially because they rely on silicon trickery to work with the driver.

But there’s something appealing about the visceral experience of a raw machine unencumbered by modern technology because, well, you know what they say about not feeling truly alive until staring death straight in its eyes. And death, the grim reaper itself, is exactly what this Shelby AC Cobra might as well be.

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It’s got the same deadly combo as the Hennessey Venom GT. Humongous power and hardly any weight holding it back. The only difference here is that there’s no roll cage to protect the driver and passenger in case something goes wrong, like a bump sending the light and not so aerodynamic body flying into the air. But that’s the risk you take when strapping a Whipple supercharger onto a Coyote engine and then giving it some nitrous for an extra shot of fun. Using these tools, the special edition Backdraft-tuned Cobra hits the runway at Colorado Springs Airport to fight with whatever traction it’s got to pull off 160+ mph runs. Skip to 3:18 if you want to see the owner's life flash before his eyes.

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