What It Takes to Race a '62 Cobra at Goodwood

You do want to hear this V8 doing its thing.

Goodwood Road & Racing

While Blakeney Motorsport's mechanics are busy preparing as many as 14 vintage race cars for the Goodwood Revival, team boss Patrick Blakeney-Edwards' mind is probably already on Friday's first race. He'll enter it with a 1962 AC Cobra 260. Period correct in every respect, except for the fact that like all classic race cars today, his makes a lot more power than it did in the sixties.

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Mind you, Cobras are especially tricky to drive in anger. They combine a powerful V8 with those low-grip Dunlop Racing tires, tiny brakes off the AC Ace, and a steering box instead of a steering rack. You better have a will signed in the safe, yet when it all works out, it looks (and sounds) like nothing else:

Then again, when it doesn't, results may vary.

Goodwood Members’ Meeting, 2016.
Máté Petrány
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Blakeney's team has already dialed down the 260's top-end output to keep it reliable and somewhat more stable in the corners. They also added a sprung safety harness to speed up the driver change in Goodwood's notoriously tight pit lane, and now, it's all up to the two drivers and the Circuit's numerous straights to give this 1962 Cobra the run of its life.

Those sidepipes will glow almost as bright as the brake rotors...

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