Old School Horsepower Hero: 12.9-litre V8 Cobra
Channel Staff - 24/Feb/2006
Weineck Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition
With 1760Nm of torque, this car will accelerate
from 0-200km/h in less than 5.0 seconds. Wow
Note the twin air filters that adorn the engine
Weineck Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition
Now this is something for the horsepower heroes out there: an AC Cobra
replica assembled in Germany that features a 780 cubic inch V8. That's
a truly huge engine, and the Weineck Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition is no
slouch - the company claims the vehicle is the "world’s most powerful
car is powered by a naturally aspirated V8 engine
with the highest power output and torque of all road-legal cars".
the metric scale, the engine measures 12.9-litres, or more than twice
the size of the latest Holden Commodore 6.0-litre V8, and features
internals that have been precision machined to Formula 1 standards.
can be seen on many vehicles to show off, but here it is a technical
necessity since this air scoop and the engine bonnet make room for the
huge engine that Weineck says will slurp half a litre of fuel just by
depressing the accelerator momentarily as the
high-performance carburetor system feeds the engine.
tuning company has not released 0-100km/h performance numbers because
apparently they are not relevant. Instead, the Weineck Cobra 780CUI
will rocket from 0-200km/h in 4.9 seconds, and does the 0-300km/h dash
in 10 seconds flat.
The 12.9-litre V8 engine can rev to
8000rpm, developing peak power of 809kW or 1100hp @ 7000rpm, which
would be enough energy to power a small village in Iceland.
Torque levels for the old-school engine are even more stunning - 1760Nm @ 5600rpm.
says that the world’s most powerful, strongest and quickest
accelerating road-legal car is also equipped with a number of modern
driving aids, such as ASR, ESP, ABS and so on. The company claims that
even half-way up its rev range - to 4000rpm - the Weineck Cobra
accelerates faster than any other super car when fully driven, and that
the accelerator pedal always has to be operated very gently and with
"Words cannot describe what will happen if you want to
experience the full potential of this ULTIMATE driving machine," says
Weineck. "There is just no comparison with anything ever built to be
used on the road!!!"
"What happens above 5000rpm is too much for
human vocabulary. It’s more like Sol 5 on Starship Enterprise! You feel
like being in a time machine with corners approaching so fast that you
just won't believe it. From now on, your brain and body have to work at
maximum speed. Otherwise it is better not to enter this world…" Dire
warning indeed, but this is a truly insane vehicle.
Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition is being built using a MIG welded,
self-supporting tubular frame (diameter 4-inches) to absorb the
torsion forces created by the engine, and carbon composite
materials are also used to reinforce the body for maximum rigidity.
Made from aluminium and
titanium, the suspension system includes a continuously variable coil spring system
in conjunction with a specially engineered high-performance
brake system (based on Brembo components) with internally ventilated,
punched brake discs (front and rear axle) for the highest levels of active safety.
On the front axle, the
Weineck Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition is equipped with special Weineck
3-piece 18-inch wheels and intermediate tyres of the dimension 255/40 ZR18.
On the rear axle, tyres of the size 315/35 ZR18 are fitted to 18-inch rims.
Power is transferred to the rear axle via a 4-speed extra high-performance gearbox, while the driveshafts and rear axle
(equipped with a 75% limited slip differential) are designed for more
than 2000Nm of torque.
The interior of the Weineck Cobra 780
cui Limited Edition will be designed individually to meet any
customer’s wishes. Normally, the finest British leather is being used for
the upholstery of the seats, but custom options are offered nonetheless. All colours, pipings and sewings can be
individually chosen and the rest of the passenger compartment is finished
by using velour carpets.
For the dashboard, classic Smith instruments are being used and in
case of rain, the car is equipped with a soft top to protect both the
driver and the interior and if requested, a fixed hardtop is also
unit of the Weineck Cobra 780 cui Limited
Edition is a unique masterpiece of German Engineering. All products
used to build a Weineck Cobra 780CUI Limited Edition are engineered
and produced by Weineck in Bad Gandersheim, Germany. With a
weight-to-power ratio of 0.9Kg/hp, 12.9-litres of engine capacity,
1100hp and 1760Nm of torque, this is quite possibly the ultimate
driving machine, a vehicle with the kind of acceleration that would
make Enzo Ferrari gasp.
Weineck will build just 15 units worldwide, which will also make it one of the rarest super cars on the planet.