Ferrari may have said will never produce an electric car. But Ferrari can not forbid if there are companies that modify an Italian supercar into an electric car. That is done by an American company named Electric GT.
|California-based company, Electric GT has turned this 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS into an electric car. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aF294)|
California-based company that worked on the development of electric cars have succeeded in turning a Ferrari 308 GTS which was originally used a conventional engine into an electric car that uses electric motors. And finally Ferrari's distinctive fierce roar was gone and replaced with a smooth whispered sound and barely audible.
As quoted from CNN, the electric car was built on the basic of 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS which is said by the Electric GT boss, Eric Hutchison, as 'a wrecks that found in San Diego'. Actually, the Ferrari 308 GTS using a V8 engine.
|This Ferrari 308's roar has been replaced by a quieter electric hum. (Picture from: http://adf.ly/1aF294)|
Ferrari 308 GTS also ever has glorious periods, one of which is became Tom Selleck's car in the famous 1980s television series 'Magnum PI.' This car was purchased by the Electric GT for US. $10,000 or approximately Rp.113 million. Then how the process of modification of an old Ferrari car becoming an electric car?
There are two main components to the electric-powered Ferrari car that made by Electric GT, ie three units of electric motors AC51 HPEVS and a series of battery-powered 30 kWh. Eric Hutchison and his co-creator Michael Bream who are the expert in the restoration of electric car, started by removing the V8 engine and a Weber carburetor and then replace it with the electric motors.
Then the car was pinned with three batteries at once. Two batteries in an L-shaped configuration where the gas tanks used to sit, while the other battery is in the front of the car. Those three batteries could deliver 30 kWh of power to a 2,000-amp triple electric motor located where the V8 engine was housed and able to make the car run up to 160 km.
To improve the efficiency and performance of the car, then they install 5-speed manual gearbox system that taken from Porsche G50 5. This is done to keep the Ferrari's identity as a supercar.
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