Since the mid-50s AC has used prototypes designed by others as the basis for its production. The latest bought-out design came from Peter Bohanna (an ex-Ford, ex-Lola body designer) and Robin Stables (ex-Lotus dealer) who had designed a car called the Diablo, using British Leyland and Maxi transverse engine and drivetrain. Bohanna and Stables had the finished glass-bodied prototype at the London Racing Car Show in 1972. The design was soon bought by AC.
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A new model from the little Thames Ditton factory is always an exciting event, and the latest model with mid-engine, monocoque chassis/body, and all-independent suspension could be the most advanced A.C. yet. The 140 b.h.p. (DIN) Ford V-6 engine is mounted transversely behind the seats, and is coupled to a five-speed Hewland gearbox. The centre of the structure is welded sheet steel, but the bodywork is glass-fibre and is ingeniously integrated with the chassis. There is a tubular rollover safety bar and side-impact beams in doors. The roof can be stowed in the front.
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