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Sacrilege Motors prepared to point out off Tesla-powered 911


Numerous firms have cropped up current years providing EV conversions of much-loved classics, and one of the in style classics to transform is proving to be early generations of the Porsche 911.

A type of firms is Sacrilege Motors which plans to point out off its first conversion on Aug. 20 on the 2023 Pebble Seashore Concours d’Class, the spotlight of Monterey Automotive Week.

Based mostly in Lakeville, Connecticut, not removed from the Lime Rock Park racetrack, Sacrilege Motors is run by Bobby Singh, who has greater than 30 years of expertise restoring and sustaining Porsches for each the highway and monitor. Along with fellow Porsche fanatic Phil Wagenheim, Singh goals to ship 911 EV conversions that preserve the driving dynamics of the unique icon whereas decreasing its want for upkeep and dependence on oil.

“We wish to ship an analog, air-cooled-era 911 with the reliability and immediate energy of an EV, whereas preserving an exhilarating driving expertise that’s acquainted to air-cooled 911 lovers,” Singh stated in a press release. “Retaining the 911’s finest dealing with traits, with added efficiency and upgraded elements, all whereas decreasing its environmental affect, was our final objective.”

Sacrilege Motors focuses on 911s starting from 1974 as much as 1994, and is ready to restore or modify just about all facets of the automobile. For its first conversion, nicknamed the Blackbird, the corporate used a 1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster, a limited-edition mannequin with customary Carrera operating gear however the broad physique of the Turbo.

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster EV conversion by Sacrilege Motors

1992 Porsche 911 America Roadster EV conversion by Sacrilege Motors

Instead of the automobile’s unique 247-hp flat-6 and Tiptronic transmission is an electrical motor from a Tesla Mannequin S, rated at 500 hp and mated to a single-speed transmission. The battery is a 62-kwh unit that on a full cost will ship 200 miles of vary, in response to Sacrilege Motors. The corporate additionally claims a 0-60 mph time of lower than 4 seconds.

Different modifications embrace adjustable Penske racing shocks, Brembo brakes, and 18-inch Fiske solid wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 2 tires measuring 235/40 up entrance and 295/35 on the rear.

Sacrilege Motors has managed to maintain weight under 3,200 kilos, it claims, however maybe extra spectacular is the burden distribution, which the corporate stated matches that of the donor 911. That is helped by having a lot of the digital {hardware} within the rear of the automobile, the place the engine usually sits.

“We’ve saved the identical weight distribution, which is essential to the automobile feeling like a Porsche 911 ought to,” Singh stated.

Pricing data hasn’t been introduced.

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