Carbon-fibre bodyshell technology

AC Cobra sports cars have become slightly more affordable thanks to carbon-fibre bodyshell technology. Pro-Tech Motorsport, an offshoot of Formula 3000 team Kid Jensen Racing, is producing the bodies for the new Cobra MkIV CRS, seen here emerging from its high-temperature autoclave at Pro-Tech’s Hampshire site. Build time for the carbon fibre body is one […]

AC Cobra sports cars have become slightly more affordable thanks to carbon-fibre bodyshell technology. Pro-Tech Motorsport, an offshoot of Formula 3000 team Kid Jensen Racing, is producing the bodies for the new Cobra MkIV CRS, seen here emerging from its high-temperature autoclave at Pro-Tech’s Hampshire site. Build time for the carbon fibre body is one shell a week, compared with 700 hours for the hand-beaten aluminium body of the Superblower version, and the CRS costs £39,000 to the Superblower’s £70,000. With a normally aspirated 5-litre engine in a lighter body, the CRS has an almost identical power-to weight ratio as its supercharged aluminium-bodied stablemate.