AC launches the Ace RS electric, classic in style, EV as you drive
Britain’s oldest car manufacturer, AC Cars, has today unveiled the AC Ace RS electric, continuing the company’s return and reaffirming its approach to providing highly evocative, hand-built cars with high-performance zero-emission powertrains.
Restored for the first time in over two decades as an official AC Cars model and retaining the iconic shape of the original, the new AC Ace RS electric wants to be a true thoroughbred in keeping with the lineage of the iconic brand.
The AC Ace RS electric is a real, brand new production car. Despite its classic styling, the new AC will deliver a 0-100 kph time of around 5,5 seconds and 500Nm of peak torque, ensuring that it’s in a different performance league to the Ace of old. Concerning the range, AC says the Ace RS electric will achieve around 200 miles (320 km) on a single charge but doesn’t give more details about the test cycle.
In fact, not many technical details are released. We just know that the battery pack is a rather humble 38 kWh, but AC also claims a weight of around 1 050 kg, which is extremely low for an electric car. 37 ‘Founders Editions’ of the AC Ace RS electric are so far planned, starting at a list price of £ 129 500 (some € 150 000).
Alan Lubinsky, CEO of AC Cars, said: “Our move to electric power has proved to be more important for the brand than anything else we’ve attempted before. The combination of our pedigree with a new, fully electric drivetrain means that we’re ready to offer brand new cars that are undeniably historical in character yet thoroughly modern in their powertrain and performance.”
“The interest around the world in our new electric cars has been tremendous and has proved that developing a bespoke EV powertrain is the right approach in ensuring the future success of AC Cars,” he added.
Undeniably the Ace
The original AC Ace was launched in 1954 and stayed in production until 1962, capturing enthusiasts’ attention with its classic roadster lines and spirited performance. In turn, the Ace led directly to the development of another all-time automotive great, the formidable AC Cobra.
Using the more advanced Mk IV AC chassis, the new cars will be hand-built under the watchful eye of Steve Gray, Head of AC Heritage. Based at the UK’s historic racing circuit Brooklands, Surrey, Steve, and the specialist team will tailor each car to the owner’s specification.
Once again, AC Cars have worked with Derby-based technical partner Falcon Electric to ensure that the integration of EV technology remains wholly in keeping with the personality and performance that made AC’s cars what they were admired for all over the world.
Deliveries of the first customer cars will start in late 2022; reservations can be made via the AC Cars website.