An electric kit car with dual Tesla motors has run a quarter-mile in an impressive 9.3 seconds — making it one of the fastest Tesla-powered cars ever.
Over the last few years, we have been reporting on Ottawa-based car tuner and car shop Eurodyne and Tapp Auto building a Factory Five 818 kit car with a Tesla RWD drive unit and two Chevy Volt battery packs.
The idea is that while Tesla’s drivetrain is much more powerful than the Volt’s, the battery pack of Chevy’s plug-in hybrid actually supports a higher discharge rate, despite being for a shorter period of time, than Tesla’s battery pack. It’s also much lighter.
At first, they used the same 470 hp (350 kW) performance RWD motor that is in my Model S P85, but my car weighs 4,656 lb. and theirs weighs ~2,500 lb.
With that car, they achieved some impressing times, including a 9.86-second quarter-mile run at 129 mph.
Now the team stepped its game up. Chris from Eurodyne told Electrek that they added a Tesla front motor to create a dual powertrain.
They have put the car to the test again and achieved an even more impressive quarter-mile in just 9.32 seconds and 137.9 mph at the Luskville track:
Chris believes that it is one of the fastest electric cars that can still be driven on the streets with a useful range of about 200 km.
We have seen an increasing number of conversion electric cars using Tesla drivetrains lately.
Here’s a list of some recent examples:
- A Tesla-powered Honda S2000 runs quarter-mile in 10 seconds
- A Tesla-powered Audi S5 conversion looks like an electric car that should be in production
- Tesla-powered freak Honda Accord ‘Teslonda’ beats own record with 0 to 60 mph in 2.48 seconds
- Tesla-powered electric bus project spotted charging at a Supercharger station
- A classic 427 Shelby Cobra powered by a Tesla electric motor & Kia Soul EV battery pack
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