Tuesday, 14 July 2020

How Door Hardware Selection Can Help Protect Against Infection


With the spread of infection now at the height of concern, Karen Trigg of Allegion UK highlights how door hardware can lend a hand in helping to slow the spread of bacteria.

The spread of COVID-19 has sent a shockwave of concern across the world. It has acted as a wakeup call for everyone - from government and healthcare officials to the general public and facility managers. There’s a renewed appreciation for maintaining safe and sterile environments, and this is especially true for facility managers and their buildings.

Care homes and healthcare environments, in particular, have always been on high alert. With the elderly and ill being at a higher risk of developing severe health problems due to the spread of harmful viruses and bacteria, it’s imperative that their facilities are kept as safe and sterile as possible.


Even before the viral pandemic, it was known that bacteria could remain active on common contact surfaces for days – including door handles and grab rails, transmitting from person to person. This poses an added challenge for facility managers.

How can facility managers take steps to prevent the spread of bacterial infections such as E.coli, S.aureus and MRSA?

Well, alongside the primary infection control measures, such as hand hygiene and environmental cleaning, there are other ways in which facilities with high footfall can help protect against infection – with door hardware choices.


Bacteria and surfaces

Experts say that around 80 percent of infections are transmitted through the environment. Yet, in a detailed 2018 report conducted by Allegion UK, it highlighted that only 71 percent of healthcare facilities use environmental cleaning as a method to prevent the spread of infection. 

In addition, only 52 percent of the healthcare respondents believed their existing infection control measures to be robust and effective.

With this in mind, facility managers must look to improve their methods and seek additional ones too. Infection control precautions, including regular and thorough hand washing and surface cleansing, as well as the availability of anti-bacterial gel, is the first step in preventing the spread of bacteria and microorganisms.

In addition to safe hygiene practices, decision makers can go one further and take extra precautions by investing in hardware preventatives, such as antimicrobial coatings, that are designed to keep the spread of bacteria to a minimum – especially in buildings that need it the most such as hospitals, schools and care homes.

How to handle cross-contamination

Under The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare) Regulations 1992 act, facility managers have a duty to keep inhabitants safe and their environments clean. Now, more than ever, it’s integral for decision makers to think of additional ways to keep their premises hygienic.

The first touch point for anyone entering, exiting or moving around a building is the door hardware, hence why it can be the most contaminated area. So for that extra layer of protection, decision makers can use tailored door hardware with inbuilt antibacterial properties

Antimicrobial coating for example, is specifically formulated to inhibit the growth of bacteria by interrupting cell multiplication and can go a long way in reducing the spread of bacteria.

Embedded within the nylon during production, anti-bacterial protection can’t be washed away or rubbed off. This provides effective and long-lasting defence, he¬¬lping prevent germ build-up, and significantly reducing cross-contamination from contact areas.

Designed to provide immediate escape in an emergency, exit devices allow people to quickly leave a building without having to unlock the door. Again, some exit devices also include an added antimicrobial coating, which helps provide protection against the growth of bacteria and micro-organisms. Aside from aiding egress, these products are ideal for use in sterile environments such as operating rooms and cleanrooms.

Automating doors can also help to inhibit the spread of infection, especially in facilities with a high footfall. Automatic door sensors are used to activate operator devices fitted to the main access doors. In a surgery for example, these doors allow doctors and nurses to enter and exit the sterile area without touching any door handles or activation switches.

Investing in long-term door hardware products will help to protect your premises. And knowing that the premises is hygienic and cleaner will also help to improve staff satisfaction and productivity, leading to a well-organised, operated and efficient-running facility.

Karen Trigg of Allegion UK
Invest now for a safer future

As a facility manager, it should be a continuous objective to ensure optimal health and safety for all people within your building(s). 

No matter the size of the premises, especially in the current climate, you should be confident that your facility is equipped to help prevent the spread of infection.

Although antimicrobial coating is not a substitute for good hygiene, by raising the standards of door hardware and infection control, we can fight the invisible threats more effectively. Not only will it help contain the spread of germs and bacteria, but taking this step will help to secure your premises and leave you well prepared for the future.

For more about Allegion visit: www.allegion.co.uk


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Monday, 13 July 2020

ASSA ABLOY Door Group boasts impressive track record with London Underground and Crossrail projects


Door Group, a unit of ASSA ABLOY Opening Solutions UK & Ireland, has secured a series of high-profile contracts with Transport for London and Crossrail Limited.

These contracts have included supplying and installing security doors for major London Underground redevelopments including London Bridge, Bond Street and King’s Cross, as well as station upgrades such as Victoria.

Full doorset solutions have been delivered and installed to Crossrail’s Elizabeth line stations at Canary Wharf, Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Woolwich and Custom House. They have also been installed at other sites along the route including Pudding Mill, Eleanor Street and Mile End, as well as at the Elizabeth line depot at Old Oak Common.


Each project presented its own demands and challenges in relation to product performance requirements. Doorsets had to be fully compliant to achieve the latest standards and meet the specialist needs of each environment. Factors to consider included fire, acoustics, air tightness, high-security and pressure resistance.

Decorative finishes such as vitreous enamel, stainless-steel and bronze cladding helped complement the aesthetics of the surroundings on doors that required a finishing touch, and many of the doorsets required installation in challenging conditions, being underground, with tight access and with restricted working hours.


Brian Sofley, Managing Director at ASSA ABLOY Door Group said: 
“Our experience working with London Underground provided us with the ideal foundation for supporting our working partners on the Crossrail project for the Elizabeth line stations.
“Each contract brought its own individual challenges, but from the very beginning we worked closely with the architects and contractors involved to understand their requirements. This meant we could provide specialist and tailored solutions that met their exact needs. Solutions were carefully chosen from both our Powershield and Prima steel door ranges including cross corridor doors for high traffic fire escape routes, and pivoted fire rated platform doors to conceal station equipment rooms. 
“We take great pride in our wide portfolio of well-respected transport contracts. It says a great deal that customers choose to work with us time and time again, and we put this down to our full-service offering, financial stability, and expert advice at every stage of the project, from specification to installation and inspection.”

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Sunday, 12 July 2020

One of the Earliest E-Types to be offered for Sale by Actor and Comedian Steve Coogan


A very exciting Jaguar E-Type is to be offered for sale at the forthcoming Silverstone Classic Live Online Auction from the highly desirable collection of TV actor and comedian Steve Coogan.


The Jaguar E-Type needs no introduction, but this particular car is very special indeed. It is one of the first 92 right-hand drives cars produced and one of the 56 used by the dealers as demonstration cars. This E-Type was the first one that went to Scotland in July 1961, to Jaguar Edinburgh. The dealers were forbidden to sell these cars until the September.


On the 8th September 1961 chassis number #62 was registered to its very first owner in North Berwick who kept the car until 1978 when it was sold to its second owner who resided in Edinburgh. It was later sold to its third Scottish owner in Fife and returned to Edinburgh for its fourth owner. By spending much of its time in Scotland 062 kept a very low profile.

In 2016 Silverstone Auctions sold the car, having been coaxed out of Scotland and now identified as one of the 92 original cars. An eagle-eyed Quentin Willson, himself a former owner of an early E-Type took note of the car’s sale and with his friend Steve Coogan set about acquiring the car for Steve’s rare and desirable collection of classic cars.


During #62’s lifetime it had undergone some restoration but in 2017 XK Engineering were commissioned to carry out a full nut and bolt restoration of this very rare and early flat floor E-Type. This project was to take two years and was fully documented by Classic Cars magazine.

Most importantly this rare early E-Type still retained its matching body, engine and cylinder head as well as Moss gearbox. The detail of this car didn’t stop there, it still had its full flat floor, split throttle linkage, rear view mirror, bonnet louvres and the all-important outside bonnet latches. These unique features making this car stand out as one of these very early cars.


The restoration process was to the highest standards possible, it could be described as forensic the level of detail that went into it. It was finished in its original colour of Sherwood Green with a green leather interior and French Grey roof. As a result of this detail, the car on offer is quite possibly the best you could find, exquisite in detail with a full history file, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and now a unique opportunity to own a genuine concours winning British icon estimated at £300,000 to £350,000.


Nick Whale, Silverstone Auctions Managing Director commented:
 
“Where do I start, this really is a fabulous car of the highest quality. The history that accompanies it is just perfect, the restoration speaks for itself and has been fully documented. Steve has kept this car in pristine condition in his own personal collection.
“This is a very special opportunity to own one of the earliest and rarest of Jaguar E-Types with the external bonnet locks. A real collector’s car.”
Silverstone Auctions welcome enquiries from seriously interested parties and are happy to arrange appointments to view. 

They can be contacted on 01926 691141 or email enquiries@silverstoneauctions.com and would be happy to talk with you about this E-Type or other cars offered in their sale.




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Saturday, 11 July 2020

New Appointment Seals Success for Norseal


Door seal and fire stopping specialist Norseal has further strengthened its specification team with the appointment of one of the door industry’s most experienced sales professionals as Head of Sales. 

Simon Sutton has been appointed as part of Norseal’s continued commitment to offering its customers the best service in the business.

Simon joins Norseal with more than a dozen years’ experience in the door seal market to lead the Norseal sales team in servicing a wide variety of AI, OEM, architectural, and end user customers. 

Simon is very much looking forward to joining the Norseal family and to the challenges of his new role: 
“My new role is geared towards powering Norseal products through the design and specification process,” comments Simon. 
“I’m delighted to be joining such a young, forward-thinking and dynamic team and one of my aims is to gain even greater engagement with our customers by providing them with the right products and the right expertise at the right time.”
Part of the European Athmer Group, Norseal is the leading provider of specialist door seal solutions, plus a wide range of ancillary door products. The company has a long track record of innovation, developing products which meet and exceed the latest industry standards for fire and smoke protection, acoustic properties, accessibility, and thermal insulation. 

Products are backed by a qualified and experienced technical team offering advice and guidance on all aspects of intumescent and acoustic seals. As well as its core range of seals, Norseal supply a wide range of supplementary door products including fire-rated glazing, electrical and plumbing solutions, fire rated ventilation, letter plates, door viewers, threshold plates, weather seals, and finger protection products.

www.norseal.co.uk


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Friday, 10 July 2020

St. Modwen completes final phase at pioneering Doncaster Park in partnership with Hörmann UK


Housing 250,000sq. ft of prime industrial warehousing space, St. Modwen Park Doncaster continues to push forward the standard for high quality warehousing in South Yorkshire.

The recent completion of the speculative development of Phase 3 improves on the design principles of previous phases, to deliver three separate units of high specification speculative warehouses on the established 27 acre business park.

Located near the M18 and less than 10 miles from Doncaster Sheffield Airport, St. Modwen Park Doncaster already provides some of the nation’s leading energy, transport and manufacturing providers with state-of-the-art warehousing solutions.

The final phase, totalling more than 108,000 sq. ft of industrial space, features high-bay warehouses with Grade A specification offices, which includes raised access floors, lift access and combined heating and cooling ventilation systems. 

The three units, spanning 21,614 sq. ft, 34,464 sq. ft and 53,072 sq. ft respectively were completed in February 2020, and feature Hörmann UK’s leading industrial loading solutions. This includes its high-quality Level Access Doors, Loading Bays, standard sized Dock Shelters and Dock Levellers, which are supported by a range of complementary safety accessories.

Hörmann UK’s industrial solutions were specified across the three units to offer potential occupiers the opportunity to increase the overall efficiency, safety and security of their supply chain operations.


Mark Greasby, Senior Construction Manager at St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics, said:
“The completion of our final phase at St. Modwen Park Doncaster showcases our ability to bring forward much-needed industrial and logistics developments in key  business locations, such as South Yorkshire. 

“We are delighted to continue our business partnership with Hörmann UK in the delivery of these further units and look forward to welcoming further leading businesses to sit alongside the likes of DB Schenker, Robert Bosch Limited and Thornhill Engineering Limited.” 
Across the three units, Hörmann UK’s durable Dock Shelters have been installed to provide optimum operational efficiency. Constructed from heavy duty galvanised steel and featuring collapsible scissor arm frames and rain drainage channels, the shelters are designed to withstand the external elements, without compromising on functionality.

Hörmann UK’s Standard Dock Levellers have also been installed throughout the loading bays, which are 6000kg rated load under regulations EN1398 and feature a 400mm long swing lip for operational ease.

The 42mm thick insulated sectional loading bay doors also feature a sensing motor to create a safety system that halts the door if it becomes obstructed in either direction. This provides enhanced safety and security throughout the loading and unloading processes.

The bays have also been installed in conjunction with Hörmann UK’s innovative rayon reinforced Dock Bumpers, which are constructed from recycled tyre rubber with 15mm thick steel. The bumper pairs are designed to minimise any potential damage to the bay in the event of a vehicle making direct contact with the building.

Paul Tulley, Key Account Manager for Hörmann UK, said:
“Hörmann UK continues to be a leading industrial supplier for St. Modwen Industrial & Logistics as part of a £1million contract to provide logistics solutions for 16 different sites constructed throughout 2019 and 2020. 

“The completion of Phase 3 at St. Modwen Park Doncaster is a reflection of its impressive growth strategy and commitment to providing the very latest innovations and technologies available on the industrial market. We look forward to continuing to work closely together throughout 2020 to aid the completion of a number of impressive new sites.” 

To view Hörmann UK’s complete offering for the industrial market, visit www.hormann.co.uk or call 01530 516868.




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Thursday, 9 July 2020

North East Based Garage Door Manufacturer Autoroll UK Acquired


Steve Hudson and Andrew Nurse of JD UK have announced the acquisition of garage door manufacturing business Autoroll UK.

Autoroll UK, based near Newcastle, has been operating since 1998 by Giles and Gill Bower, manufacturing both insulated and uninsulated roller garage doors and galvanised roller shutters to trade clients.

With over 20 years’ experience in the industry, Steve and Andrew plan on building on the already solid reputation of the business, taking it from strength to strength.

Steve Hudson commented:
“After many very successful years Gill and Giles Bower have decided that it’s now time for a new owner. Having been friends with Gill & Giles for more than 10 years they decided that Andrew and I were suitable custodians to ensure the safe and long-term future for both the business and the incredibly hard working staff within Autoroll.
“Being involved with JD UK and Southern Grille and Gate and having enjoyed many years within these businesses has provided me huge insight and experiences within the industry which Autoroll operate. I am confident these experiences will go to further strengthen what is already an amazing company.”

Autoroll UK will continue to manufacture the same product range, and in addition will be offering the Alutech sectional door and the option to include the Deprat barrel to offer higher security for insulated roller doors.

For more information on Autoroll UK and JD UK, please use the contact details below:


Autoroll
W: auto‐roll.com
T: 0191 415 5888
E: info@auto‐roll.com



JD UK
W: jdukltd.co.uk
T: 01924 472 924
E: info@jdukltd.co.uk

(A more detailed article about this acquisition is scheduled for the Summer 2020 issue of Door Industry Journal which will publish online at the end of July).





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Wednesday, 8 July 2020

New ‘Pocket Door’ Added to Brio Range of Sliding Door Hardware


Brio has extended its established range of sliding door hardware with the new Brio Pocket Slide 80. 

Hidden from view once installed, the universally sized pocket door kit offers a flexible, simple-to-install solution for installers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), while reducing cost and valuable inventory space for architectural ironmongers (AIs) and builders merchants.

As the only universal fitting kit, the Brio Pocket Slide 80 can cover installation widths ranging from 600 to 1000mm. Simple, efficient and customisable, the kit is easy to assemble and can be fit by a single installer – reducing time, inventory and labour costs for those working on new build projects and extensions.

Included in the pack is an adjustable stopper, forward and back spacer, a stylish black anodised track and wheels with narrow channels for a stable slide of the door. With a quality multilayer wooden beam, the Brio Pocket Slide 80 also absorbs vibrations and noise, making it the perfect fit for en-suite bathrooms.


David Newton, general manager at Brio UK comments:
"The pocket door market is one of the largest door hardware markets in the UK, so it’s only logical for us to add this timeless and sleek product to our growing product portfolio.
"Designed with ease of use and practicality in mind, the biggest advantage of the Brio pocket door kit is its universal size. As a ‘one-size-fits-all’ product, it removes the headache of choosing the right-sized solution for a project – making the installation process even easier for installers, building contractors and OEMs.
"The customisable size also reduces the need for AIs and builders merchants to stock various sizes, helping decrease cost and extend inventory space"

The Brio Pocket Slide 80 is a certified product and has been put through 100,000 slide cycles as per EN 1527, giving users the peace of mind that this is a sliding door made to last.

In line with the launch, a step-by-step video has been produced to assist with the installation of the product, which users can view online.

Brio, part of the Allegion family of brands, is an acknowledged global leader in the sliding and folding door industry. 

For more details on Brio sliding and folding door hardware, visit the website: briouk.com





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Tuesday, 7 July 2020

ADSA's COVID-safe Initiatives Achieve the ‘Thumbs-up’ from their Members


Despite the challenges faced by COVID-19, Automatic Door Suppliers Association (ADSA) will be emerging from ‘lockdown’ stronger than ever, thanks to a swift response and number of unique initiatives.  

The Tamworth-based trade association adopted an immediate ‘business as usual’ policy, with team members working from home and operations continuing very much as normal.  Giving the business a ‘sense of continuity’ has been vital for ADSA, who, mid-lockdown, saw a staggering two thirds of their membership re-join for a further 12 months.

Adding value has been critical in achieving this, as Managing Director, Ken Price, explains:
“We have been delighted that such a large number of our membership base has recognised the value that we bring as a trade association,” he says.  “We have worked extremely hard to increase the visibility of the organisation during lockdown and offered members free training via our learning academy. 
“More users than ever have taken advantage of this benefit.  At the end of the day, with tough times ahead, it would have been so easy not to re-join ADSA; we are only as strong as our membership and have been touched by the loyalty they have demonstrated.”

Additional COVID-secure training has been delivered to members throughout lockdown via a live web stream.  ADSA partnered with Coventry-based creatives, Red Shell Productions, who instantly understood their requirements, and streamlining course content with lots of natural breaks and energy, devised a platform that has effectively given members the training they need, in an environment they can control.  ADSA even devised a home learning course for members to enable them to prepare for working from home.

“We looked at our training offering and produced different elements for webinars, for example, we held a webinar on risk assessment.  The webinars produced an excellent uptake.  We have delivered online training to members in Northern and Southern Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man and the Isle of Wight, explains Ken. 
“None of whom have been able to travel.  Examinations have been configured to enable delegates to complete these remotely, with 20 of the 23 attendees on the first course, passing the examination.  Members have been fantastic, engaging with the process of remote learning, instantaneously.”

With RIBA-approved CPD, ADSA has also been able to deliver a CPD webinar to its members in Ireland, and an international webinar to approximately 140 members of GAI (Guild of Architectural Ironmongers), with the audience tuning in from as far afield as Singapore, India, Australia and the US.

ADSA has collaborated closely with fellow Tamworth-based trade association, DHF (Door & Hardware Federation), with regards to initiating face-to-face training at their on-site facility.  The two organisations have been able to achieve this successfully, delivering COVID-secure sessions to small groups.

Success has also come in the form of ADSA’s CSCS (Construction Skills Certification Scheme) offering, with the association issuing more construction skills cards in the past five months, than in all of 2019.  What is clear is that ADSA has not let the grass grow under it whilst in lockdown!

On the contrary, the organisation has lit a fire under its objectives and gone ‘above and beyond’ for its members.  Adding value, acknowledging member anxieties and supporting them in every way possible, has resulted in a trade association that is stronger than ever.

“I should also like to acknowledge ADSA employees for demonstrating extraordinary resilience and commitment during this time,” adds Ken.  “They have, effectively, taken the organisation ‘into their homes’ and have been determined to deliver a first-class service for our members.  Although there are difficult times ahead, we are well-positioned, and I believe our members are confident in that.”

Automatic Door Suppliers Association
01827 216136
www.adsa.org.uk 






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Monday, 6 July 2020

Creating Safe Spaces with Hands Free Access


While remaining open to supply essential markets in the Republic of Ireland, RSPL recognised the urgent need to implement new safety measures to protect customers and staff.


To help mitigate the risk of infection at its Dublin premises, RSPL set out to use a mix of automated access control technologies to create a safer, hands free environment.

To achieve this, RSPL approached security experts Abloy UK to supply automatic door operators to give visitors hands free access and egress. The specification links with the building’s access control and door entry system to ensure that staff and visitors can access the building and collect supplies safely.



The automated doors work in conjunction with face recognition technology, temperature screening cameras, a visitor density control system, and ‘no-touch’ door releases. All of this technology combines to give visitors to the premises the safest experience possible.

The new compliant system includes the Abloy DA460 electrotechnical swing door operator, complete with DA147 push arm and DA103 mounting plate. To achieve automation these are supplemented by the EL520 motor lock, DA460 lock controller, EA280 door loop, CY326-VL single cylinder and 60-0119-SSS lever handles.


Pat Jefferies, Commercial Director at Abloy UK, said: 
“Automated access control has existed for a long time, but it’s understandably never been more important or in demand. I believe hands free solutions like this will undoubtedly become more commonplace as we all seek to find a new normal.
“Door automation is a simple measure that businesses can introduce to help protect their customers and employees, and anything that helps a company continue its operations while reducing the risk of infection is welcome.”


Dermot Breslin, Product Development and Training Manager at RSPL, said: 
“Our security products are installed in hospitals, pharmacies and supermarkets, so our doors have to stay open. Because of this, we decided to make our building as hands-free as possible for everyone’s safety.
“We also felt this was an important opportunity to showcase best practice to our visitors, demonstrating how they in turn can use similar solutions in their premises to give confidence to their own customers.
“We chose to work with Abloy because it is known for its quality products; it was an easy decision to make for such an important project.”
For more information please email info@abloy.co.uk






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Sunday, 5 July 2020

The AC Cobra is Reborn! Electrified with Strong Petrol Power Option to Build on its Heritage


It is not often that a motoring icon is reborn and updated all at the same time. Yet the two new models in the 2020 AC Cobra range launched this week come with sparkling engine options – an all new and purpose-designed full electric powertrain and a brand new, high performance four-cylinder petrol engine sourced from the latest Ford Mustang.


The engines are packaged in an instantly recognisable body – the only truly graceful sportscar with proven muscle car credentials: the AC Cobra!

AC Cobra Series 1 electric

AC Cars (England) Ltd is launching a limited edition run of zero emission cars, the first ever electric cars to bear the AC marque. This model is called the "AC Cobra Series1 electric" and just 58 cars will be made. 

The 58 number is a celebration of the 58 years since the production of the first AC Cobra, one of the most iconic cars ever built which, when it was launched in 1962, featured a Ford engine which did so much to create the AC Cobra’s unique pedigree.

The car will look identical to the first AC Cobra that was made in 1962 but sound totally different – the first electrically powered AC!

The car will be totally based on the original AC Cobra. The first car will be in the spirit of the original cars and will have a similar ladder frame, adapted where necessary for the electric drive components, including batteries.

There are a number of upgrades for the electric car, including steering, brakes and so on – all designed to provide ultimate 2020 standards of ride and handling which do not compromise the1962 style and appeal of the gloriously identifiable bodywork. The body will be constructed of high-grade composite and the car will have a traditional AC Cobra interior.

Deliveries will start in the last quarter of 2020 and the retail price will be £138,000 plus on the road charges.

The car will only be available in four colours a) AC electric blue b) AC electric black c) AC electric white (pictured here) d) AC electric green. 

More information will be available on the AC website, www.accars.eu, from July 1st. 


The mechanical specifications are as follows:
  • Battery Capacity: 54 KWh
  • Acceleration 0-62 mph: 6.7 seconds
  • Torque: 500 Nm Peak/250 Nm Continuous
  • Estimated Range: 150 miles
  • Power: 230 kW
  • Charging Capacity: 6 kW
  • Weight Under 1,250 kg 

AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition


This is basically similar in detail and identical in appearance to both the 1962 original AC Cobra and to the Series1 electric model described above.

Named in traditional AC style for the size of its petrol engine in cubic inches, the AC Cobra 140 Charter Edition has a 2.3 litre high-power engine of 350 bhp, as used in the latest Ford Mustang.

AC says that this new model is a tremendous car for the times, being a light traditional sports car and having a light engine of such high power as to provide a very traditional feel and driving appeal.

This car will share the handling and performance upgrades of the AC Cobra Series 1 electric. It will be available in a wider suite of colours.

There will be a launch version of 58 Charter Edition cars and deliveries will also start in the last quarter of 2020. 

The retail price of the car will be £85,000. Again, more details will be available on the AC website from July 1st.
  • Acceleration 0-62mph About 6 seconds
  • Torque About 440Nm
  • Power Approx. 350 bhp
  • Weight Approx. 1,100 kg

Ownership and pedigree


The fact that AC Cars is able to contemplate a fully thought-through rebirth at such a time of upheaval in the global auto industry is largely thanks to the strengths and perseverance of the UK’s longest surviving car brand, founded in 1901.
“Our long saga reflects the many challenges of making sports cars in low volumes in the modern world”, said Alan Lubinsky, Chief Executive of AC Cars. 
“But, over the years, our belief in the brand has been sustained by the loyalty and support of AC Cobra owners worldwide. Their faith has given us the motivation to keep on striving to give AC a future – and with these superb new products, engineered not just for today but for tomorrow, I am convinced we have given AC a bright future”.
“We have more exciting plans ahead but our focus for now is to get these 116 cars built, sold and out where they should be - on the open road”, he said.
AC has strengthened is management team with the appointment to its Board of its long-term legal adviser, Neil Baylis as a non-executive director. 

 Mr Baylis, a Partner in the top London law firm of Mishcon de Reya LLP, said: “This a critical moment in the history of the UK’s oldest motor maker – AC. I am privileged to be on board at this challenging time for car makers, large and small”.

For further information please email: info@accars.eu or visit www.accars.eu





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