A unique continuation model of the much-venerated, lightweight AC Ace sports car dating from 1961 – now totally updated as the AC Ace RS – will be launched shortly by AC Cars, the original manufacturer which remains in production.

AC Cars CEO Alan Lubinsky said there are three reasons why the launch of the AC Ace RS is a cause for genuine celebration:

  • “The original Ace was the archetypal British sports car – fast, light and nimble and a real classic of its generation which was the inspiration for the global classic, the iconic AC Cobra
  • “Our new AC Ace RS model has all those virtues and more besides, brought together in an updated package which retains a traditional feel and driver appeal within a low overall weight to just 1,000kg. The AC Ace RS is similar in detail and identical in appearance to the original 1962 AC Ace.
  • “Central to the exceptional performance of the AC Ace RS is our decision to select a new and lightweight 2.3-litre four-cylinder petrol engine which develops 350bhp and 440Nm of torque, enough for a sparkling 0 – 62mph time of only 5.8 seconds”.

He added: “There’s another event that we are proud to honour. The new AC Ace RS may well be the last ever new AC model to be powered by a petrol engine. Already, virtually every one of our current model range offers an electric driveline as we at AC lead the sports car industry into greener territory”.

Orders for the AC Ace RS are now being taken for delivery in Summer 2022.

Price: £89,500.