• Jan 20, 2009

Click above to watch video after the jump

The original Shelby Cobra has spawned many imitators. Aside from the plethora of Cobra kit-cars on the market, and Shelby's own "continuation" cars, the Dodge Viper owes its origins to the Cobra, as do the Shelby Series 1 and Ford's 2004 Shelby Cobra and 2005 Shelby GR-1 show cars, to say nothing of all the Shelby and Cobra Mustangs that have followed. The Cobra Venom V8 concept, designed by Jamie Martin and theoretically powered by a 524-hp supercharged Ford V8, certainly holds its place among this esteemed company... if only it actually existed.

Well, we can pretend. That's what computer animation is for, after all. So we've enclosed a video of the Cobra Venom V8 in "action" after the jump. Trust us, you want to watch this one.


[Source: CobraVenom.co.uk]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Powerful........BUT IT'S UGLY AS SIN.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Seriously guys??

      The only thing that is keeping me from vomiting right now is the tail light which is rather nice... The rest is absolutely horrible...
      • 5 Years Ago
      The designer had better watch out, he will probably be receiving lawsuit papers from Shelby pretty soon.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That was effing sweet
      • 5 Years Ago
      I counted 11 shifts on the straightaway. Anyone get anymore?
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is pretty awesome! Although there are a few details which need work. Great animation and sound though.

      I personally love the Ford Shelby GR-1... that is one sweet concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Geez Neils, no morning sex for you.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can someone please come up with a good original idea? Or are all the good ones 40 years old?

      How many times can an AC Ace with a Ford V8 be re-hashed and re-spun.

      Yes, Cobra, we know, we get it. Nostalgia is fun. Lets move on with some fresh thinking, without it being fru-fru electric daisy sunshine powered.

      At least DeLorean and Vector and others tried to do something new, even if it wasn't entirely gang-buster success. Where is the new thinking today, for actually building a better car, not just an technologically-hindered electric one, or a stylistically unoriginal nostalgic one.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @shipey,

        First of all, I didn't question the quality of the illustration, only the subject matter, but those two are linked. Why not apply illustrative skill with original subject material?

        I know the history of the Cobra.

        Part of why it was interesting is because it was a bit rare. Now EVERYONE copies it. It has taken over most of the replica/kit car industry, just copying that car, and maybe a couple of others, like it's cousins Cobra Daytona, and GT40.

        Doesn't it diminish artwork if everyone has a glossy poster print of it, and it loses some of it's rarity? Imitation is flattery, but there is a point of overkill.

        And why merely copy someone else's great idea, rather than trying to come up with a NEW GREAT IDEA of your own.

        Copying Shelby's Cobra doesn't create the next sensation, it re-hashes the old sensation.
      • 5 Years Ago