We haven't heard much about Perana in quite some time, but not nearly as long as it's been since the name AC last came up on our radar screen. The progenitor of the iconic Shelby Cobra, AC Cars is one of those great many British sportscar manufacturers that has long since disappeared into obscurity. There has been talk here and there of reviving the marque with a new model, but none of that seems to have materialized. Until now. Sort of.
An all-electric Shelby Cobra from AC Cars? Sign us up! Wait a second... that car pictured above doesn't look anything like the AC Ace, which was the basic platform that ol' Carroll famously borrowed, stuffed a Ford V8 engine into and called a Cobra. What we have here is an entirely new concept car that features some innovative thinking and an electric drivetrain.
AC Cars Ltd. and Texas-based Unique Performance, Inc. have announced an exclusive distribution deal that will bring AC's MkV roadster to the U.S. market. The carbon fiber bodied roadster is produced in the U.K. by AC, Britain's oldest automotive manufacturer, and the company that built the AC Ace, which Carroll Shelby transformed into the legendary AC Cobra.
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