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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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