Oh, my, another Cobra clone. Except that it’s not really a clone: the Iconic AC Roadster is so-called because the current version of AC Cars, which built the original Cobras way back when, is a partner in this particular venture.
What’s more, that’s a Ford 427 in there, albeit heavily massaged: we’re talking 800 hp and 660 lb-ft of torque. Redline is a majestic 7600 rpm. And no, no blowers.
Still, what caught my eye about this, courtesy of the January issue of Automobile, is the car’s complete and utter lack of a conventional wiring harness. Iconic has something called the Virtual Electrical Electronic Device Interface Management System, which squeezes down into VEEDIMS, and which Iconic’s tech chief Jerry Seward describes as “a production-ready Ethernet wiring solution for multiple industries.” It does not, you may be sure, use Cat5 cabling. (You can get a look at it here.) Anybody who’s ever had to fiddle with a wiring harness will be happy to see VEEDIMS come into general use.
For now, though, it can be had only in Iconic’s not-a-Cobra-clone, which will cost you somewhere in the vicinity of half a million bucks once deliveries start after the first of the year. If this sounds like a lot, well, it’s about a third what you’d pay for one of Carroll Shelby’s original monsters.