Tesla-powered Porsche 912 reimagines classic motoring

first_img advertisement The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever The company has also taken a 1966 Beetle and added an electric drivetrain, meaning the little Bug can now do highway speeds. There are some people who don’t like what the boys at Zelectric are doing to vintage cars, but in our mind, if you’re making them faster and more reliable, there’s nothing wrong with that. Zelectric conversions are said to be completely reversible as well, so there is no harm done. Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next › A Californian company called Zelectric has converted a 1967 Porsche 912 into a fully functioning and daily-drivable electric classic, The Verge reports.When new, the Porsche 912 sat at the bottom of the line for Porsche sports cars, being driven by a weak four-cylinder from the previous 356. Lots of swaps have been done to put the upgraded flat-six into 912s, but the future is electric, so why not oblige?Under the hood (er, trunk) of the 912 is the motor, inverter and rear differential from a Tesla Model S P85. A smaller 32-kWh pack from LG Chem is used instead of the Tesla battery, and it’s been split into two 16-kWh packs in order to keep the weight of the car balanced. The 912 now makes 550 horsepower and 4,500 lb.-ft. of torque. Take that, 911. PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information.center_img See More Videos COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Range is expected to be about 225 kilometres, if you’re not flooring it everywhere.If you want one, Zelectric is planning on selling a kit for roughly US$50,000, meaning if you have an old 912 and want it to have more pep, you can perform the work yourself. If you’re less than handy, Zelectric will build it for you for US$100,000. RELATED TAGSPorscheLuxuryClassic CarsElectric CarsClassic Cars & TrucksElectric VehiclesLuxury VehiclesNew Vehicles Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Trending in Canadalast_img read more

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