Is This Electrified Classic 911 A Sin Or Pure Brilliance?
I know what I think of it. Let me know if you like the idea in the comments.
Earlier this year, engine specialist Swind announced its plans to create a run of classic Minis powered by electric motors. Since then, the idea has caught on as dutch company Voitures Extravert has recently revealed its newest model, the Quintessenza SE.
The Quintessenza begins its life as a regular 1970's to 1980's era 911 before it’s sent to Utrecht in Holland where Voitures Extravert get their hands on it. Here, the car is stripped down to its bare shell and new parts such as wheels, a bonnet, doors and the entire interior get designed and fabricated moving design cues back to a 60's model if the customer so wishes. Using a later model as the donor car makes the process cheaper keeping the price of the project down.
The car’s brief is to be a classic car you can drive 365 days a year. In fact, using traditional combustion engine technology, classic cars are fragile and temperamental at best. In addition to the reliability of EVs, you’ll want to drive the Quintessenza as it features modern power steering and aircon.
Every new component on the car is designed to save weight meaning you could get about 400km of range from just one charge. Thanks to a 58kWh battery pack, not only is it a useable Porsche, it’s also fast. Putting out a whopping 911Nm of torque, it’ll get you to 60mph in just 6-seconds.
Unlike any other electric vehicle, this model will feature a box-shaped battery pack. Voitures Extravert has gone to the trouble of keeping the main characteristic of the 911, its rear-engine layout. In fact, the battery pack will fit in the same place the heavy air-cooled engine sat before as opposed to being flattened along the floor of the chassis like typical EVs.
The speed isn’t only in the performance, however. In fact, it has a charging rate of 100km worth of energy in just 15 minutes. However, that does mean around an hour to charge the battery pack from empty to full.
The car will be officially unveiled this Spring while production of approximately 3 models per month is expected to start as soon as possible.
This is the second time a company has announced a mass-produced classic car to EV transformation after the Mini. What other cars would you like to see make an appearance as an EV? And what do you think of this electric 911? Let me know in the comments below.