AC Cars is best known for having other engines put into their vehicles. Like the AC Ace that became the Cobra when Carrol Shelby decided some big honking V8s would work in that little sports car just fine, thank-you. Now the company is doing it again, with what they're calling the AC Cobra Le Mans Electric.

Hand-built from aluminum using the AC Cobras built by the company in 1963 to run at Le Mans, wearing the registrations 39 PH and 645 CGT, as a starting point and including the Le Mans aerodynamic closed hardtops, AC Cars will build six copies of each.

With bodywork like the classics, the cars will have electric drivelines from UK-based Falcon Electric. That will give them a 54 kWh battery powering an electric motor generating 617 hp and a peak 737 lb-ft of torque. The electric classic sports cars might not drip oil anymore, but they will offer 120 miles of range and 0-60 in 4.2 seconds.

Inside, the heritage cars, with six in AC white and six in AC Racing Green, will be finished true to the originals, but with some extra luxury thanks to the black Connolly hide leather fitted.

Made and tested at the AC Heritage workshops on the Brooklands Racing Circuit, the cars will start from £600,000 plus tax, or a hair under $800,000 US. AC says the chassis numbers will be based on the originals, and that they'll be listed in the brand's historical list of official chassis.