The original Shelby Cobra is selling for astronomical prices – so there’s a big market for replicas of the ubiquitous American supercar, from companies such as Superformance.
The firm is striving to deliver replicas with the exact same levels of performance at a much more affordable price level – but they sometimes overshoot. Case in point – the record that held since way back in 1967 when a Cobra topped out at 198 mph has been broken by Superformance’s version, which capped at 201 mph. The firm’s latest Superformance MkIII is to blame, taking up the mantle of becoming the world’s fastest road-legal Cobra after being clocked at 201.1 miles per hour (324 kilometers per hour) at the Mojave Air and Space Port. It’s a client example – with owner Ted Taormina nicknaming it the Italian Job, due to the country’s flag red, white, and green stripes on the body.
Superformance customers of course get the bespoke treatment – and Taormina’s example of course is fully aware of that. It’s motivated by a Shelby Engines’ 427 FE V8 with a great 690 horsepower (515 kilowatts) and 710 pound-feet (963 Newton-meters) of torque. Aerodynamics are handled by a front spoiler and canards for extra downforce and a diffuser at the back. The suspension has a bespoke tune – and we can tell you the record has been long in preparation. Previous passes were over at 169 mph (272 kph) and 190.1 mph (306 kph).