Weineck Cobra — PistonHeads

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Honda CBR900 Cobra Prototype


Monster and torque — but can Ian Kuah it on the black stuff?


Looking just like an AC 427 at a cursory glance, the Weineck is the ultimate expression of old school torque and lightweight construction. a modern ultra supercar the Bugatti Veyron needs to achieve its massive four-figure and then squanders it by weighing in at to 2,000kg, the Weineck Cobra the exact opposite.


Klaus Weineck is a master by trade and, in 1978, he hill climbing on weekends and he up building his own cars. At the hiatus of his career, he slipped into racing and built a 2,000bhp Capri-based dragster with an 8.7 supercharged big block Chevy that was clocked at 7.1 sec for the standing mile.

In 1993 he saw his first AC on a trip to America and fell in with the shape of the car. But the V8 had its limitations, as did the chassis, so he set about his own mechanicals.

The first engine he used was a 7.5 Chevy big block unit roller cams and other parts that was good for at 500bhp. After this, started to get bigger and bigger and his were also becoming crazy in their power so he decided to move to the next

Crazy motor

That today is a 12.9 litre made from a bespoke V8 with a 12-inch tall height. Everything in this is unique and is either made for by the best racecar component in the US, or fabricated in-house in Germany.

The billet crankshaft is the biggest one we ever seen on a road and is dynamically balanced to zero. to detail abounds, and even the rings are of an ‘endless’ design to compression leakage.

Keeping such a powerful and indeed the rest of the drivetrain is a monumental task in itself. The system designed to work in the 50 C temperatures of Dubai, where one of cars has already gone, so has an excuse for overcooking it.

There is an oil for everything that might from it, which means the gearbox and rear axle. The is a four-speed manual designed to the torque, and the 75 per cent limited-slip keeps the car going more or straight under full on a dry road.

Holding it all together

The is made from glass-fibre although a stronger and lighter alternative is offered. In either it is attached to the chassis by eight with race style release connectors for the wiring

The MIG-welded chassis is an immensely and rigid aluminium and titanium with two 4.0-inch tubular forming its twin backbones by a supporting cast of cross

The major components of the independent wishbone suspension are aluminium or with Teflon and Uniball used throughout. Eibach match the damping system a US NASCAR supplier. Power makes the drivers work considering the huge chunk of at each corner of the car.

As for 245/40ZR17 and 315/35ZR17 Yokohama 0-32R rubber are wrapped 10J and 11.5J x 17-inch multi-piece and behind their spokes are the Brembo brakes Weineck fit.

With the optional bodyshell, the power-to-weight ratio is a 0.9kg per bhp and Weineck claims in 4.9 seconds and 0-187mph in 10 seconds.


It’s like sitting on a with wheels. Turn the key in the and the thunderous roar as the bent-crank V8 takes your eardrums 30 to 115 decibels in a split second and tremors in the immediate vicinity.

We have always subscribed to the that too much power is enough and that the best control device is the drivers’ foot. On that basis, gear is almost redundant, and you find second, the only way to coax more speed out of car is to crack the throttle open and when you are sure the rear are hooked up, just keep

Driven like this, piles on at a ridiculous rate of and the mighty push in the back, the of the big V8 and the ever increasing velocity of the past the car and through your becomes an all-encompassing, sensory experience. It is like being at the of a nuclear explosion — that you have a good of living to tell the tale.

In third, things start to out as the stress on the tyres relaxes, but the maintains its relentless mission to a Cobra shaped hole in the

Into fourth gear, and the drama at the rear wheels is a recent memory, we are now going so on a country road that we not glance at the speedometer. Buffeted by sensations and charged with your sense of perspective, of time and space becomes

Raw adrenalin

If this were an modern supercar, you would marvel at the speed you have so easily. In the Weineck Cobra, pace is a full-on, no holds experience. It’s the difference a world championship judo on the one hand and a brutal street with bottles and chains on the

However, the feeling you get when you the Weineck Cobra is like no With no electronic traction it is raw, a 100 proof adrenalin on four wheels. If you are an adrenalin you can rest assured that the you get from a workout with car will never be beaten by else with four and a licence plate.

Honda CBR900 Cobra Prototype


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