How ORBIS are turning Front Wheel Petrol Cars into AWD Electric Powerhouses!

The Ring-Wheel system is changing the way we look at engine and drive line set ups.

SEMA is a wonderland for all things cars, with some of the most impressive and innovative tech for the automotive scene being shown off here it can be both overwhelming and exciting.

We had a good look around, scouting for the latest and greatest technology that we would even personally use, that's when we came across our favourite invention of the whole event, the ORBIS Ring-Wheel system.

For an indepth look at how the system we sat down and talked to Marcus Hays from ORBIS who ran us through how the system works, what is required to run it and blew our mind with the weight comparisons compared to the factory set up. Check it out below!

The Ring-Wheel system consists of your choice amount of independent DC Motors. These allow you to add up to 75 horsepower per wheel and direct drive. All this is achieved while also having no drive train loss, no transfer case, no differentials and no driveshafts! Not only that but it adds the advantage of improved braking performance, regenerative braking, battery charging (meaning improved fuel economy) and improved performance over all.

ORBIS's test vehicle, a Honda Civic Type R, runs the 50 Horsepower model while the vehicle on show at SEMA runs 75 Horsepower motors, both achieving fantastic results as seen in the video. Rest assured for those who want that extra power, ORBIS also provides a 100 horsepower motor.

All of this was achieved with absolutely no modification to the car itself, essentially making a Front Wheel Drive car into an All Wheel Drive car with direct bolt ones.

The implications a system like this has for the motoring world is massive. Not only do you now have the ability to change the drive line set up of vehicles at essentially the ease and speed of changing a hub, you gain added performance from it too. Even in the non-motorsport world, these systems would be amazing and cost effective ways to change existing cars into EV cars and reduce their carbon footprint, after all, not everyone has a Tesla yet!

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Comments (28)

  • I'm sold!

      2 years ago
  • Thanks for the informative video on my Civic type R new AWD system. I’m so happy you got to see it and show others.

    HondaPro Jason

      2 years ago
  • I do love this idea LOADS more than having to replace previous cars with EV cars.

    This is very cool and super interesting.

      2 years ago
  • This is amazing! And a makes a whole lot of sense too!

      2 years ago
  • I'm all about this, a 250 AWD sonic, finally a chevy that can compete with a WRX.

      2 years ago