• Dec 8th 2009 at 3:20PM
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We recently drove a Superformance Cobra MkIII R and loved it. The looks, the power, the feel – just a wonderful, special vehicle. Perfect? No, and we said as much. "[T]urning the wheel reminds you that the chassis layout dates back to the 1950s, if not earlier." Still, we were tickled by the straight line thrust. Truth be told however, we've experienced faster. If only someone would build a Cobra with even more power (remember the MkIII R has "only" 520 hp) and modern suspension.

Meet the CB/1. First thing's first: under the fiberglass hood sits a twin-turbocharged/intercooled Ford 385 V8 good for – get this – 650 horsepower and 640 pound feet of torque. Put that in your ZR1 pipe and smoke it. Speaking of smoking it, all that fury iS routed through a Porsche 930 5-speed transaxle. And the whole enchilada weighs just 2,600 pounds. The results? Zero to 60 miles per hour in a blistering 2.85 seconds and the quarter-mile in 10.5 at 135 mph. Whoa doggie, right? And the suspension is more than up to the challenge, pulling 1.15 lateral Gs. Full specs, after the jump.

[Source: Bell Engineering | Photos: Jeff Hartman]

Press Release

CB1 Specs and Overview



0-60 mph: 2.85 sec

0-1/4 mile: 10.5 sec @ 135 mph

Top Speed: 155 mph (electronically limited)

Lateral Acceleration: 1.15 g

Fuel Economy

Highway: 20 mpg

City: 14 mpg



385 cid / 6.3 liter V8, Ford Windsor based

Twin Turbocharged, Intercooled

Boost: 12 psi

Output: 650 hp, 640 lb-ft

Compression Ratio: 8.0:1

Fuel Requirement: 91 octane


Rear-wheel drive

Transmission: Porsche 930 5–speed manual, transaxle



Monocoque reinforced, central backbone space


1018 and 1020 Alloy Steel

TIG Welded


Prototype: Fiberglass molded from Cobra 427SC

Production: Carbon Fiber or Aluminum


Wheelbase: 90 in

Track (front/rear): 56/60 in

Length: 156 in

Width: 68 in

Height: 49 in

Curb Weight: 2600 lbs

Wt Distribution (front/rear): 44%/56%


Front: Long A- arm style, zero scrub, cast aluminum

uprights, coil spring, adjustable gas-charged shock

absorbers, antiroll bar

Rear: Long A- arm style, zero scrub, cast aluminum

uprights, coil spring, adjustable gas-charged shock

absorbers, antiroll bar


Front: 17x9 in, 285/40-17

Rear: 17x12 in, 345/35-17


Power assisted, ball bearing steering column


Power assisted

13 in vented rotors (front and rear)

Four piston aluminum calipers (front and rear)


Fuel: 15 gallons

Cargo: 9.5 cubic ft

Design Philosophy

The CB/1 represents the engineered blending of modern automotive and racing technology with one of the all time high performance legends, the venerable 427 Cobra. The ultimate performance version of this classic powered by a twin turbocharged, 385 cubic inch V8, delivering a track tearing 650 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque. Meld this brutal power with a race designed chassis and modern suspension components for precise control, then add an ergonomically corrected cockpit and you have the most potent, most useable, most enjoyable evolution of the 427 Cobra.

The CB/1 is based on a newly designed platform, engineered specifically for the performance and usability requirements of this vehicle. No cut corners, no secondhand components, no compromises. This vehicle is engineered from a clean sheet of paper to yield unparalleled performance. Modern control, power and driveability all tucked under one of the most beautifully forceful shapes in automotive design.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Chris Zajac
      • 5 Years Ago
      Is it just me or are the exhaust pipes routed kinda close to those front tires. Feel like super hot exhaust and nice melty rubber are not good in such a close vicinity.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This car would make one's pants wet right away.
      • 5 Years Ago
      After reading the specs on this car all I can say is Holy crap Holy crap Holy crap, damn.

      Generally I hate replicas, I feel like the people that own the real thing are being cheated, but in this case this gets a massive pass.
      • 5 Years Ago
      A porsche 930 transmission?
      I have a lot of mixed thoughts on that.

      I've found a few links to it on google, but anyone know the reasoning for using it?
        • 5 Years Ago
        A lot of kit car builders use 930 transaxles. They are incredibly strong, pretty easy to get a hold of, and have a lot of aftermarket gear ratios to choose from.
        • 5 Years Ago
        They are using the 930 transAXLE because it puts the transmission in the rear of the car, I'm guessing. Weight distribution.
        • 5 Years Ago
        All I can think of is size, maybe? Porsche engine compartments are pretty cramped and these Cobras are pretty tiny
      • 5 Years Ago
      So why the Cobra? How is it that a car made in the 60's has spawned so many individual companies building replicas or kits or whatever you want to call them. Don't get me wrong, I love nearly everything about this car, but I was at a show in Austin TX a few months back, and there must have been 15 Cobra replicas there. How is it that this one car has spawned so many copiers? I cannot think of any other car, ever, that has a similar following. Why don't we see a rash of replica Lotuses or Chaparrals or Panteras. What makes the Cobra so special?

      What's the next vehicle to do this? Would it even be legally possible anymore? Are we just a few years away from a dozen companies replicating Triumph TR7s?

      just my question of the day.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I would LOVE to see some company making replica Chaparrals! Also does anyone notice that you can see the welds on the exhaust pipes? The devil is in the details!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        The design is fairly timeless. Not to mention that its harder than hell to find an original cobra. Top that off with the fact that some of the originals sell for 400-500k.
      • 5 Years Ago
      2600 lbs? 650 HP? 640 lb-ft?

      That things gotta be spinning it's tires though almost every gear.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would say that I hope this comes with a life insurance policy to be paid to the owner's wife in the event of an accident, but then I realized anyone who is lucky enough to own one of these probably doesn't have someone saying "NO!" to him over breakfast.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's as stupid and as wonderful as a pet elephant. Is that how that saying goes?

      Anyway, awesome in an insane kind of way.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bell's website says it has six speeds. Which is it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want to see a Top Gear comparo between this and the Caterham 7 RS
      • 5 Years Ago
      I can only imagine the sound this thing would make....what an awesome car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This thing is awesome, but it violates one simple rule I learned from my dad:

      Never buy a car if you can't find the spark plugs on the engine.

      I know people will come back with "If you can afford this car...." but that is irrelevent to me. I want something that I can work on myself, regardless how much money I have.
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