You may have heard of a Factory Five 818 kit car, one of the coolest and best bang ...
You may have heard of a Factory Five 818 kit car, one of the coolest and best bang for your buck DIY projects out there. And for less than $20k, you can buy the completed 818 (powered by the Subaru WRX drivetrain), or you can be adventurous, and like these guys.
What you are about to see is the 818 with the drive unit of the Tesla Model S P85, and as well as two Chevrolet Volt battery packs, at a drag strip.
As you can probably imagine, this thing is fast. Well, like really fast. How does the quarter-mile time of 9.86 seconds at 129 mph sound? For comparison, the Lambo Aventador SV does the same sprint in 10.5 seconds at the 136 mph.
The 818’s builders, EV-Controls, claims the vehicle produces 530 horsepower and it is been driven over 3,100 miles this past summer without any issues.
But how is this thing as the daily driver? Pretty good, actually, with the claimed 200 miles of range on the single charge (assuming there are no trips to a drag strip involved).
Obviously we are more used to seeing high-speed vehicle modifications done with the internal combustion. But now we have entered the era of powerful all-electric motors offering instant torque.
It is not just automakers like Tesla and its very own Ludicrous Mode who are having fun with the technology anymore.
If you know what you are doing, building the insanely fast all-electric sports vehicle at home is entirely possible. Just be sure not to electrocute yourself.
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