Crate Engine and Gearbox Adapters from Electric GT
Complete electric engines for retrofitting
The US company Electric GT offers complete e-engines for self-installation. Among other things, these come in V8 form, but also in a reduced-power entry-level variant. Thanks to a technical trick, they even fit the original transmission.
In the summer of 2016, Electric GT presented a Ferrari 308 converted into an electric car. The previously half-burned-out “Magnum Ferrari” received a 246 kW / 335 hp and maximum 475 Newton meters powertrain with three e-machines and a 46-kilowatt-hour battery from the Californians. And on top of that, a sportily tuned chassis, modern brakes, a five-speed transmission from Porsche and a redesigned interior. In five seconds, the electric Italo sports car accelerates from zero to 60 mph (96.6 km/h), the top speed is above the 290-km/h mark, and Electric GT quotes a range of just over 209 kilometers.
Electric Crate Engine in V8 form
Since then, the Californians have realized another electrically powered Fiat 124 Spider and started work on historic examples of the Toyota Land Cruiser and Ford Bronco. In the process, they’ve come up with an idea: What about taking the crate engine concept used by major U.S. automakers and adapting it to electric powertrains? Crate engines are engines that are shipped individually – packed in boxes – by carmakers to customers, who then install them in their actually less powerful cars. This principle is most common among quarter-mile racers – and could be of interest to people who want to convert their combustion engine to electric, right?
The electric Crate Engine is about 86 centimeters long and should therefore fit in the Toyota Land Cruiser.
But the creativity of Eric Hutchison’s team did not end there. At Electric GT, they had the idea of making the electric motor and its periphery look like an internal combustion engine. Like a full-blown V-engine with eight or more cylinders. Moreover, regardless of whether one or two electric motor(s) are used. The Americans promise a “plug-and-play solution with high performance that is virtually maintenance-free,” can be easily installed by an “average mechanic” and should fit many different car models. An old VW bus is soon to be powered by the electric Crate Engine, as are Ford’s classic Mustang and Bronco.
Up to 243 hp and a maximum of 461 Nm
By default, AC-50 electric motors are used in the approximately 86-centimeter-long package (a small-block V8 measures about 74 centimeters) – and thus parts that are relatively common in vehicles subsequently converted to electric cars. AC-51 or HyPer9 counterparts are available on request. The single-motor variant produces 114 kW / 155 hp and delivers a maximum of 331 Newton meters. The data sheet of the twin-engine version states 179 kW / 243 hp and a maximum of 461 Newton meters.