Yeah, okay, yeah, Music, push man it’s! All in the ankle come on come on! You can do this push again all right, you’re ready! Now you know what it’s like to drive a Applause, cobra you’re watching i’m thomas and i’m james, and this is a factory five shelby cobra. When looking for your own shelby cobra, you have a simple choice: spend over a million dollars on an unrestored original and very likely garage it forever or do it. Everyone else does and pick from one of the shops that honor the shelby cobra legacy by recreating the formula. This one is a factory five mark iv roadster, and it began its life as a twenty thousand dollar box of parts which gives you everything you need other than an engine and a transmission and rear end and wheels and tires and paint yeah. That sounds like a lot of stuff, but that customization is part of the cobra owning journey. It also means that an average of 300 hours of your own labor, later you’ve, likely ended up with a truly unique example, and even though the full build might command a porsche cayman base price. The result is a car that captures the spirit of the original cobra, that is to say, it is one of the most off the wall, face melting ear, shattering on the edge driving experiences that has ever existed. We do car reviews track tests and quite a lot of messing around so subscribe and hit the bell 520 horsepower and it weighs 22.
50 pounds that’s a higher power to weight ratio than the viper acr. We were just in and it’s got 550 pound feet of torque don’t. Ask me: ask the dino it’s been dyno to that. So what does that mean? It means it’s scary and you can feel all 520 horsepower all at once. Yeah that’s different, and it should feel different because compared to the smooth, high revving, double overhead cam german engines that james might be used to this is a good old fashioned, 427 stroker v8, or about seven liters of american displacement, but it’s, not all old fashioned. You see where the carburetor was. The owner has actually fitted a holley sniper efi system, which is kind of like a carburetor, but the fuel is controlled by sensors and a computer, more reliable and more power, but don’t forget even though that’s a modern piece of technology. This is still a 520 horsepower: 6000 rpm rear wheel, drive bomb now i’m shifting with the five speed tremec here and on the original cars. The shifter itself is kind of bent over and off to a weird angle, which is perfectly normal in a lot of air cars, jessica and the reason it was like that was because the transmission was so far back. But the way carol shelby solved that he grabbed the shifter from the 65 mustang and just turned it 180 degrees. But the owner of this one’s done a straight one, which is actually very pleasant to use.
The clutch, on the other hand, is insane you go to war with it. Every time you push it down. It’S the stiffest clutch i’ve ever used. My leg is already tired and you know thomas is right. You can rev to 6000 rpm, but you can’t ever floor. It you really can’t, i mean for you guys, i’ll, give it a little go. No, no! You can’t go. You got ta, do it? Oh, my god. Oh there’s, poo, someone screwed, my pants. That sound is absolutely absurd. It’S, like controlling every version of artillery ever made you downshift and there’s cannon fire and it’s right there. Music show me a new car that sounds like that. So yeah this car sounds like an older car, but how much of the car is actually old, underneath this has a 4 inch tubular ladder frame just like the cars in the 60s, except this has obviously been designed and built with more modern tech, so it’s stiffer, But still light, and on top of that we have aluminium, which means altogether. This weighs less than my 2016 miata and the owner and builder of this one has opted to use donor parts from a 2015 or later mustang. So this actually has independent rear suspension. That, combined with the modern tech, means that this is safer than it’s ever been and yet it’s not even safe in the slightest, because not only does everything happen through the fog of noise and vibrations.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but my head is also a couple inches away from the steel roll bar behind me, which means that i could get rear, ended by a child on a tricycle and still die. This is actually the least protected. I think i’ve felt in a vehicle since i drove a little yamaha scooter in university. Can you please not tell anyone that but seriously, though no airbags, no traction control, no abs, no assists of any kind, and normally, when you start to lose traction, you can hear some form of wheel slip or tire squeal or something you can’t hear anything in this. All i hear is that james actually lost it there before actually lost it. He came back to us pale didn’t, look too good Music i’m serious. These are not. These are not for the faint of heart. This is not an all weather car. This isn’t even a some weather car. This is a race car, a race car from an era of history, where everything was dangerous. Music, if you own one of these, you feel a connection not only the between the car and the road, but between you and the car, because if you have one of these, you built it probably so you know every in and out so what’s. It actually like to drive well you’ve heard about the power, but the steering is unassisted and the engine is completely behind the axle i’m feeling everything and once you get over the insane volume and insane power and like telepathic, throttle response, it just becomes a small sports Car, like we said before this, has independent rear suspension, which means the rear end is actually very predictable and very compliant.
That said, i haven’t been able to figure out the understeer oversteer characteristics is, if you even consider putting your right foot down it’s all over steer. It’S, like a switch Music, the more i drive it, though the more i get used to it, the more i start to like it, but could i live with it, not a chance? Sorry, if you’re talking to a guy that owns a two liter alfa romeo, but james has a miata for christ’s sake. I feel like i haven’t, eaten enough red meat to own one of these, but i could look at it all day. I have more chests here than when i started the day. Oh, i can’t believe you guys put over this stuff. Is it a scary, car it’s, a very scary? This is the most insane car. I think we’ve driven we’ve driven some insane cars, yeah a lamborghini aventador right uh. What did we just drive? Oh viper, the viper aclc monarch, crazy. This is on the other side of danger, because yeah it’s, just not safe, it’s, not safe it’s, just like it makes you feel alive, it’s, not scary, to look at that. Yeah exhausts well that’s why i went through the practice for that yeah, but uh. Yes, it’s, not scary, they’re right there it’s huge it’s, beautiful and people, and it gets so much attention. We’Ve said that about the ia, the next level attention yeah yeah thumbs up. People come over at car parks, what’s that you know.
How did you build that? What is it yeah, kids want to know what it is. Dads already know what it is. There’S always there’s like the questions well it’s confusing, because you know obviously it’s not a real one, the real one’s, a million dollars plus. Yes, yes, as we’ve said, but this is not a resto mod, either no that’s that’s a that’s a bit of a confusing topic. It’S, not a restaurant restaurant is when you take an actual class and restore it and restore it with modern parts right. This is a custom build. I don’t even like using the word replica because they’ve taken on their own thing right, like these, like there’s such a culture. Exactly and the idea behind this is that anyone can own a cobra, because if you want to build a car exactly the kit you buy, the idea is it’s, affordable, it’s, not actually that affordable. The owner is 80 grand into this, which way we’re going this way. There you go yeah, so everything is custom, everything’s, a decision it’s all a built, not bought culture that’s. The whole point of this, like, like every part of this uh, a lot of thought and choice, has gone into and like every piece of it becomes its own kind of display. Right like this is the shiniest alternator i’ve ever seen in my entire life um and like the interior as well like it’s, just so good to look at well, they a lot of they’re trying to make it true to the originals right.
So there’s, like the replica wheels it’s even got the historically true fuel cap with the yeah. The thing it’s very cool makes a noise, but when you get this obviously it’s unpainted right, so so one of the biggest decisions with the cobra buy or cobra builders is: what do i make the scheme? Everyone wants. The stripes they’ve got the thing this is. These are actually bmw, colors, oh really, yeah. I like this color scheme. I, like i like the subtle stripe. Personally, i think it just looks these look great in dark, colors right because it’s, just this kind of like angry looking little thing right, yeah! No, i i i love every every part of this car from every angle. From every angle, i think personally, if i owned one, i would be the guy that people make fun of and i would put a head rest on it because i just headrest and another and another um another hoop yeah, like it. Doesn’T look as cool but like just don’t die. I just don’t want to die. You know well, that’s. The good news is there’s a lot of modern safety tech inside oh really, nope yeah. I know it feels like death, yeah yeah. This is like a little little mini coffin, but it’s authentic we’ve got the wood and aluminium steering wheel. We’Ve got the bullet style racing single wing mirror yeah. The pedestal mounted rear view, mirror yep. Okay hold on just drop the authenticity like it’s, very authentic.
In here it is great drop, it mate, it’s, so important, listen! I just most people don’t ever get to sit in a cobra, so let’s just describe what it’s like to actually be in one okay, what’s. The one word go close. Yes, everything. Everything feels really close. This this door panel i’m, not a huge guy right, i mean you have to drive with your elbow yeah, you have, you have to there’s, no otherwise you’re hitting it right. Yeah. The seats are quite comfortable. They are actually very comfortable. This is the optional leather seats. There’S no headrest, these are the tubular frame. You can actually feel the frame inside this. I got a place. You can rest your head once once yeah you get one briefly, yes and like the the transmission and tunnel and the end. The firewall are huge. Like you’re, you’re, yeah, you’ll you’ll feel the way they go over here. Right, it’s it’s a it really it’s a really unique experience: it’s very classic it’s connected yeah connected yeah, because the exhaust outlet is literally right beside my ear um yeah i’m. Fine with that being off right now, after after the driving we’ve done the. I have a headache: the intensity, yeah, yeah, it’s, a here’s, the thing i really like these cars. I think they’re really really neat, but, like you there’s a horn yep, they get good for you. You found it there’s. Also a lot of toggle. I love toggle switches.
The speaking of toggle switches, the the turn signal is a toggle switch. I always forget it is impossible to remember, because it only shows up on these tiny little little green lights, so you got ta turn it off. When you go on the corner, also it doesn’t you just have to know which way is left and right. Well, it matches the steering wheel direction yeah. So if you go to the right, you click it down exactly left, um yeah. I know i think like like. For me, this is a very intense experience in terms of like an ownership experience. I don’t know. I feel like the guys that own these are they love cobras, yes, and they build them and they live and they breathe this this world in this life, and they all have a story. They all have a story. That’S, probably the coolest part right. Is it like owning? One of these is not just like oh yeah, i have a cobra. No one says that no it’s like oh, let me tell you about my cobra right and i i i don’t know if i don’t know if i could, if i could, without building one i feel like, i would have a hard time connecting to it. Do what i mean like right, i feel like if i was going to do one of these, i would want to build one okay, i’ll get that i get that. That said, if i was to build one, it wouldn’t look that dissimilar to this.
I love everything. He’S done here, i even prefer this type of shift to the bent one yeah yeah, which is still fine totally normal, then totally normal. The no glove box is very clean. I do like that as well um. No, this is, i agree. If i was gon na build one it would. It would honestly look very various and i’m a sucker for wooden steering wheels. I love the. I got one of my alpha. I love you know the gauges, gages it’s, so cool. Quite obviously, this is without question: it’s, always someone’s pride and joy, yes and that’s. What makes cobras cool i think and pride and joy is right: we meant it when we said that each one had a story in the case of today’s. It was a classic father and son project that reached completion just in time for the sun’s wedding day. So, like many others, this cobra holds a very special place in the owner’s heart. It is, however, a special place that is a complete assault on all of the senses. I say all because it has the added smells of the fumes it creates, while idling as well as the taste of fear on your tongue. Every time you put your foot down when we say we’ve, never driven anything quite like it. We mean it, but we were relieved to find out that our growing, embarrassing need for advil by the end of the day was totally normal.
In fact, advil is right up there in the unofficial, cobra handbook, alongside goggles eye drops and earplugs, and while it sounds undesirable to own a car for which you require blocking your eyes and ears to use for the lunatic cobra owners of the world, it’s everything they’ve Ever wanted more power to them, unfortunately, for james, that will never be because not only did it overpower him, it eventually overpowered his voice box, my voice box, thomas you’re, not talking about the backup, takes at the end of the day. That went wrong because, if you are, you said you had deleted those yeah. I lied. Nah nah come on don’t. Do me like that. I know it might be funny thomas. Is there any amount of money? I could pay you for us to not show and i’m jay.