It’s an entirely all-American effort, inspired by one of the best the States has ever produced. Hailing from Dearborn, Michigan, the 2012 Iconic AC Roadster brings new meaning to the phrase “imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.”
Modeled after the famous Shelby-tuned AC Ace, better known as the Cobra, the Iconic AC Roadster is a more modern take on the American idol. Each 7.0-liter, err…Ford 427 V-8 has its roots in NASCAR, and race engine-builder Ernie Elliott carefully prepares each big block with Iconic’s cross-ram induction with individual throttle bodies and fuel injection system. The valvetrain is managed by traditional pushrods and dry-sump oil lubrication is responsible for keeping the 800 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque in check, all the way to the 8000-rpm redline.
Only 100 AC Roadsters will be meticulously handcrafted, and all buyers will need to know how to operate the Tremec Magnum six-speed manual transmission. To keep the weight to a minimum, carbon fiber and aluminum are employed throughout the chassis. The actual body itself is shorn from aluminum, and hefty 14-inch carbon-ceramic brake rotors will feel perfectly at home on the road course. Pushrod-actuated Penske coil-over dampers are adjustable to help manage the two-seater with a 90-inch wheelbase. On the drag strip, Iconic says a 3.0-second 0-60-mph time is achievable.
By now, you’re probably ready to initiate a wire transfer from your overstuffed Swiss bank account. Not only with $475,000 net you the Roadster, you’ll also get formal driving instruction from Terry Borchellor, a six-time Grand-Am, IMSA, and SCCA racing champion. Renowned for his consistency, Borchellor knows his way around performance driving, and you’ll probably be less hesitant to tap the Roadster’s potential after some instruction and extended seat time. We know we would.
The first copy has already been snatched up by Iconic Motors boss Claudio Ballard, so that’s 99 to go…