Iconic cars swapped with electric drivetrains
Electric vehicles have been gaining much popularity in recent years. Mass-market cars are still making the shift, but we have also seen a number of performance cars showcasing the raw potential of electric drivetrains. The iconic cars electrified deliver not just a great performance but the feeling of the automobile and how they look. Making these icons future proof by electrifying them is the way to make sure that their legacy carries on. Restoring the mechanical engines on these old automobiles is an extremely difficult task, mainly finding the parts. Swapping them with an electric drivetrain seems like a better alternative to enjoy these timeless legends for years to come. Here is what we believe are the five most iconic and classic cars electrified.
1967 Ford Mustang by Charge Automotive: The 1967 Ford Mustang, easily one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time, is now being converted into an all-electric vehicle with a completely revamped powertrain and packed with modern-day tech on the inside. Charge Automotive is a British company that works on converting classic cars into fully electric vehicles and the 67’ Mustang electric has attracted quite a lot of attention. The electric Mustang features a 64kWh battery that produces approximate 536bhp and 1500Nm of torque. The most intriguing fact about this car is that it reaches a 0-100kmph speed in just 3.9 seconds and gives a 320km range. Charge cars are making only 499 models of this electric Mustang and it costs about 300,000 British Pound Sterling (Rs 3 crore without taxes).
1960’s Ford GT40 by Everrati Automotive: Another absolutely iconic car of all time, the Ford GT40 was a revolution when it was made and has gone down in history books for defeating Ferrari in the 1966 Le Mans. The GT40 Mk II is being converted into an electric vehicle by Everatti in collaboration with Superperformance LLC. The GT40 packs a 46kWh battery, it produces an insane 800bhp and 800Nm of torque. The electric GT40 does a 0-100kmph in less than four seconds and has a range of more than 201km. One thing the enthusiasts might appreciate is that the electrified GT40 is authentic enough to be officially allowed to use the GT40 name and is eligible for the official GT40 registry and the official Shelby World registry. Bonus, it carries a GT40/P chassis number.
1989 Porsche 911 by Everrati Automotive: One of the most iconic sports cars of all time, the Porsche 911 is being electrified by Everrati. The 964 generation Targa 911 by Everrati comes in two variants, Pure and Signature and both are powered by a 53kWh battery pack. The Pure variant produces 440bhp and 460Nm of torque and does a 0-100kmph in 4.5 seconds with a range of 289km. The Signature variant produces 500bhp and 500Nm of torque and does a 0-100kmph in four seconds with a range of more than 241km. If all that is not enough, the cars are restored to the highest level by Porsche specialists.
1961 Rolls Royce Phantom V reimagined by Lunaz Design: The most luxurious car in the world, the pinnacle of superior engineering and living it big. The Phantom V from 1961 is the first electrified Rolls Royce, and it is done so by Lunaz design. The Phantom V is powered by a 120kWh battery pack and is said to give a range of around 482km. The electrified Rolls Royce houses a bunch of new upgrades on the interior by Lunaz while maintaining the heritage and class of the original ICE. It is completely stripped, restored and reimagined making it an absolute electric luxury car. Lunaz Design has only 30 build slots available for this machine and will cost 6,57,000 USD (Rs 4.8 crore without taxes) .
e-BULLI by eClassics and Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles(VWCW): The Volkswagen bus is a timeless classic that still prevails on the road to date and is the most iconic vehicle of all time. An electrified version of the VW bus is the e-Bulli T1 made in collaboration with VWCW and eClassics. The eBulli is equipped with the drive system components of the latest Volkswagen electric vehicles. This classic electrified bus comes with a 48kWh battery pack and produces 82bhp and 220Nm of torque with a top speed of 130kmph and gives a range of up to 250 km. The fully electric T1 will cost you around 79,900 euros (Rs 69.6 lakh without taxes), which does not include the amount of the donor vehicle or restoring, and also don’t forget the cost of you having to go to Germany and getting it done as eClassics is based in Germany.
Bonus - 1968 Ford Mustang by Blood Shed Motors: The reason we are mentioning the Zombie 222 by Blood Shed Motors is that it is one of the most insane classic cars that is electrified. The Zombie 222 packs twin 11-inch DC motors and produces 789bhp and 2440Nm of torque. It is an absolute track monster that does a 0-100kmph in less than two seconds has a record of doing a quarter-mile in 9.89 seconds and has a 1.6km top speed of 286kmph. Blood Shed motors have their Lightning Rod electric powertrain which they use to convert classic cars into electric vehicles.
The reason for the rise in classic cars being electrified is that the enthusiasts want to keep their loved iconic automobiles close to them. Without the hassle and worries of the high maintenance of the ICEs. The electric counterparts of these ICE vehicles produce even more power and perform almost as good as or even better offering the absolute thrill of driving. We can expect to see this trend growing more and becoming popular enough to make these automobiles for the masses rather than a limited number of models. The technology of the future shrouded in the iconic designs of the past, the absolute fusion.