This electric motor is disguised as a small-block chevy engine
It is a bolt-on motor, which is brilliant.
Webb Motorworks is a Canadian Company based out of Victoria, British Coloumbia. They are really famous for their flathead conversions which allowed hotrodders to convert their small block chevy into a sidevalve V8, V12 or V16.
However, this project is different - an electric motor that is disguised as a small block chevy. This I believe is a brilliant project as a hotrod will still look great when you show the engine (motor) or leave it open.
"My daughter came to me with an idea that she wanted an electric hot rod" explains Chris Webb, owner of Webb Motorworks. "I began to do some research and realized how phenomenal electric motors are: no moving parts and immediate full torque at 1rpm."
Bare motor used in the crate engine. Pic Credit: Webb Motorworks.
Like a lot of things there was a catch - "I didn’t like the look of the raw electric motors" says Chris. Having made Webb Motorworks famous by offering conversion kits that make engines look different, Chris saw that there would be a larger market if he were to produce an electric motor in the form of the iconic small block chevy.
Upon revealing his idea to the hot rodding community, he received a very positive response and the community have embraced the idea. For the past nine months of working on the prototype e-small block chevy (E-SBC). It uses HPEVs dual motor 96 volt AC35-2 which produces 126hp at 3000 rpm and 3000 lb-ft between zero to 3,000rpm. The motor is paired to thirty 3.2-volt 200 amp batteries with a total capacity of 96volts.
This kit is customisable, if someone desired for a higher power and more batteries, it can be configured (but will also cost more, obviously). But, this type of project does not stop at the E-SBC, there are plans for creating bolt-in engines for Ford motor and Dodge products.
Currently, Chris is working on the prototype to get out any bugs, if there are any, and working to get it available to the public soon. The prototype E-SBC has found its home in Chris's 1936 Hayes (which runs a standard/manual transmission) which he got 45 years ago at the age of 16, from his grandfather under the guise that he would never sell it. This means that this kit can fit on a manual transmission as well as an automatic, in a word that is brilliant.