AC COBRA 289 FIA 'Le Mans' The Yellow Peril
Based on a chassis and bodywork supplied by Hawk Cars
This stunning replica AC Cobra FIA Le Mans nicknamed The Yellow Peril, celebrates the cars that competed so successfully in the early 1960s. This bespoke, hand-built car was manufactured in collaboration with respected Cobra guru Gerry Hawkridge of Hawk Cars based on his stunning MkII Cobra chassis and body. The initial idea was to construct a MkII AC Cobra for track, sprints and hill-climbs and naturally, like many good ideas, it got totally out of hand!
This car has featured on BBC Television performing at Brands Hatch for presenter Paul Ross. It has also featured in numerous magazine articles including Cobra, Total Kit Car and Kit Car.
Hawk 289 chassis, lightened, modified suspension pick up points to allow for vehicle to sit 50mm lower, rear of chassis modified to accommodate fitment of double wishbone suspension.
Full roll cage installed by Street Steel finished in white powder-coating. Designed originally to meet strict FIA requirements to give full protection whilst also stiffening the chassis to negate any flex that may occur under extreme driving conditions. Roll cage is attached to the front suspension mounts, chassis below scuttle, chassis behind driver and to rear most point of chassis. It is also cross-braced and gives the drivers cabin offering complete protection.
Front - Hawk fully adjustable double wishbone coil over shock. Avo shocks, Faulkner 9 x 2.5 250lbs springs. 18mm anti-roll bar.
Rear Hawk fully adjustable double wishbone coil over shock. Avo shocks, Faulkner 9 x 2.25 325lbs springs. Hub carriers are bespoke aluminium billet machined.
Set-up a full diametric suspension and corner weight set-up was carried out by suspension guru John Hewat of Aeon Sports Cars when the car was commissioned.
Knock on Peg drive period 15 Aluminium Hilabrand style wheels imported from the USA last year.
Dunlop L section competition tyres all round. (that do pass an MOT!)
Ford Motorsport 302 5ltr GT-40 spec MB-6007-XB3. Edelbrock Performer heads, Edelbrock Performer Inlet Manifold, roller-rockers, M-6250-B303 cam, 9.0:1 compression ratio, GT-40 valve train, Pertronix electronic ignition and Flame Thrower coil (with Mallory dual point ignition back-up), Holley 650cfm 4 barrel carb. Moroso spiral core 8mm plug leads. Bespoke aluminium oil catch tank. Fram oil filter (the oil and filter has been changed every 500 miles during my ownership).
Engine re-built to my specification by Redline Engineering and maintained regardless of cost by American V8 specialist Trevor Kitney at Surrey Mustang.
Hawk radiator (large), single 12 high out Davies Craig fan (thermal & manual switch), Carter FP1416 water pump, Mocol oil cooler.
2 exhaust systems are included in the sale:
Road - bespoke large bore manifolds in stainless steel manufactured by Surrey Mustang. Twin exhaust system with 18 inch glass-packs on each side. Creates a delicious 105dB noise that puts hairs on your chest and reminds you what real motoring is about!
Track - a set of double-silenced Edelbrock exhausts manufactured by Powerspeed is used for competitions to meet strict decibel limits (85dB). The packs are re-packable.
Clutch & Gearbox
Ford Motorsport racing clutch, external slave cylinder with servo assistance.
Tremec COBRA R TR3550-1.
Cosworth limited slip differential. Ratio 3.62.
ATL 45ltr racing fuel cell (supplied with foam liner), installed in rear boot, complete with twin pick-ups, piped vent and ball valve. Two JEGS competition fuel pumps installed in the boot, switched separately from dash to allow for back-up in the event of failure of one of the pumps. All fuel lines Goodridge racing made by BG Motorsport. Fuel filtering provided by oversized JEGS competition filter with regulator and pressure gauge (under bonnet).
Bespoke harness made by Martin Santos of Electrical Car Services, fitted with twin FIA battery isolators (one to dash, one to bonnet). Remote race jump-starter located under dash for ease of access.
Lifeline 4ltr Fire Marshal system. Fully plumped in to engine bay and driver cockpit with activation handles on exterior body-work and dashboard.
The FIA fire protection system has recently been fully refurbished with brand new lightweight aluminium bottle and activation handles all supplied by Lifeline.
2 sets of seats are included in the sale (these are interchangeable and can be fitted in any combination to suit the buyers requirements):
Road original and highly sought after leather seats supplied by Hawk Cars, cost £1,200 when purchased in 2011.
Track 1 x replica 1960s FIA race bucket seat trimmed in period correct black vinyl. 1 x Corbeau Equipe (carbon fibre) race seat with cloth trim.
2 sets of seat harnesses are included in the sale (these are interchangeable and can be fitted in any combination to suit the buyers requirements):
Road Willans harnesses (4 point). Black in colour.
Track - 2 x Schroth racing harnesses (5-point). Blue colour.
2 steering wheels are included in the sale:
Road period correct wood-rimmed Mota Lita steering wheel (15 flat profile design).
Track - padded leather rimmed Mota Lita (15 flat profile design).
Dashboard instruments include 180mph speedo, 8000rpm tachometer, oil pressure gauge, oil temperature gauge, water temperate gauge, voltmeter, ATL fuel gauge.
Ignition, fuel pumps and radiator fan are controlled by separate switches on a Tanner Race Panel. Audible alarms are fitted to both oil pressure and indicators. Toggle switches control lights and wipers with a push / pull switch for dipped main beam.
Brake balance is also controlled from the dashboard via a hand operated Tilton wheel. The dashboard also has an electronic Brantz trip computer and map reading light for the navigator.
Hawk 289 FIA shell with doors, bonnet and boot lids constructed in carbon fibre for minimum weight and maximum strength. Le Mans hardtop with Plexi-Glass rear screen and quick release fixings enabling the hardtop to be removed in minutes.
All body components are finished in gel coat for maximum durability.
Period correct aluminium Raydot racing mirrors are mounted on the windscreen pillars with original pattern aluminium brackets (mirrors can also be fitted to the wings as shown in some of the photos). Period correct pit lifters (in black aluminium) and tow eyes are fitted to the car front and rear (and can quickly be removed or installed).
Period correct glass wind deflectors are fitted to both sides of the car as well as Plexi-Glass side-screens (which can be removed or installed in seconds).
Last year the car was superbly painted in period 60's racing colour Viking Blue. I also had the Peg drive wheels fitted which required bespoke hubs to be made.
The car has been driven very little this year around 250 miles but last year i was competing at Goodwood Revival and the Le Mans Classic and decided to take the Cobra which was awesome fun.
I'm not gonna babble on about how fantastic this car is but i can tell you i can't stop smiling when i drive!!
A comprehensive history accompanies the car, including 2 box files including many original receipts from the build, servicing bills, past MOTs ect.. No expense has been spared on this wonderful car, which has been dry-stored in a secure garage.
Viewing by prior arrangement for only the most serious.
Please do call me on 07775 927100 or email if you need any further information.