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AC 378 GT at 2012 Festival of Speed

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by Stephen Walker

1st July, 2012

At the 2012 Goodwood Festival of Speed, held 28th June - 1st July, 2012, at Goodwood Estate in West Sussex, England, an exciting new car made an appearance. AC Cars, famous for the supplying body shells for the Shelby Cobra of the 1960s demonstrated their new model. Known as the 378 GT, the new car raced up the legendary hill climb course at Goodwood over the week-end providing a taste of things to come from the exciting former British brand which was idle for far too long.

AC Cars, now based in Germany, claim a 0-100 km/h sprint can take as little as 3.9 seconds.

Early details indicates power is sourced from a 6,162 cc cast aluminium V8 engine. Power is rated at 325 kW @ 5,900 rpm, whilst torque is 585 Nm @ 4,600 rpm.

Note the twin 'bubble' in the roof which provides a little extra headroom for the low roofline. This is a styling technique often used by Zagato, who worked with AC Cars on the 378 GT project.

The new 378 GT, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show (Switzerland) in March 2012, will join the MkVI in the AC line-up.

NOTE: This story was updated 22:16 Sunday 1/7/12 and again 09:25 Monday 2/7/12.

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