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Tesla motors make classic Ferraris go faster (bbc.com)
41 points by subsubsub 75 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 14 comments

I believe Jaguar will convert an E-type for you (completely reversible) if you happen to own an original. It's only a pipe dream for me, but it's nice to know that as we stop using ICE we don't have to throw away all the beautiful cars whose charm is just as much in their looks as in their performance.

Yes, these are allegedly in some level of production(ish) as the E-type zero [1]. They are absolutely beautiful and the interior looks like the starship enterprise crossed with a bond car. I hope that this becomes an option with more classic cars as electric becomes the preferred propulsion for fun cars.

[1] https://www.jaguar.com/about-jaguar/jaguar-classic/authentic...

Aston Martin has an electric conversion program as well:


In the 1950s and 60s wealthy car enthusiasts would (pay other people to) drop the new state of the art big v8s into pre-war luxury cars, coupes, etc. etc.

This is just the modern equivalent. I'm not sure why the BBC is publishing an article about it. The general idea of dropping in a modern power-train with more power and less maintenance has been "a thing" for as long as some rich people have liked classic cars.

Considering these cars only get used on weekends with clear weather, nothing else planned and rarely get driven more than a couple hundred miles at a time (for a bunch of reasons that should be immediately apparent to anyone who has driven a classic car daily or long distance) electric conversions make perfect sense. With gasoline engines these cars tend to be magnets for lack of use problems. Converting to electric also makes good cores more available to the people who want originality while making the converted vehicle more conveniently usable for the people who want that so it's a win all around.

Edit: Lol, downvoted in <2min. I'm sorry (in the "sorry, not sorry" sense of the word) I'm not going to be a fanboy and say this is the greatest thing since sliced bread. This is something that people have been doing for a long time that is moving upmarket and becoming more commercially available and is a natural progression for this market niche because it is a fit for these users.

And put in an Audi E-Motor and it would be even more faster. Tesla doesn't have the fastest engines, the Germans do. There's quite a difference in technology. Tesla's are quite pedestrian compared to a Kessler e.g. But you wouldn't be able to afford it, and they do make about 30 a year though.

This conversion probably makes a 308 a much less horrible car as well

Sure were great looking though.

I'd love to do this with a VW T3 Syncro.

Take a look at EVwest [0], they sell conversion kits. They even run an electric VW bus as their shop truck [1].

[0] https://evwest.com/catalog/ [1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jLRAQu0b8-o

Kit is for a T2, but perhaps it would fit a T3 also.

I wonder if it's possible to maintain the ability to charge at Superchargers if you plan your conversion right.

Have you seen the new electric Lotus? It makes the Bugatti Veyron look distinctly underpowered.

The price? If you have to ask...

That's awesome. If ever I happen into a ton of money, this would be on my list.

e-Triumph Herald.. priceless.

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