As much as the Toyota 86 is highly regarded for its agility on or off the track, it's no secret that some find its lack of torque underwhelming to say the least. To compensate for that, some owners slap a turbocharger or superchargger in order to extract more pulling power as well as gain more horsepower.
However, one individual by the name of Philip Schuster from Germany, decided that a new motor will suffice. Instead of swapping the 2.0-liter Boxer for a bigger engine, Schuster installed an electric motor on his personal 86 to make it have more torque.
He did this by taking an electric motor from a 2014 Nissan Leaf, and then shoving it where the Boxer engine was. According to Schuster, he expects the motor to push out 200 PS along with 400 Nm of torque, an additional 200 Nm of pulling power. But how does it send power to the rear wheels? Supposedly, Schuster had to make an adapter plate that works with the factory six-speed gearbox.
Aside from the electric motor itself, the owner also managed to fit the entire 24 kWh Nissan battery pack onto the 86. But since the 86 is not exactly the roomiest of cars, he had to get creative in where to put the batteries. In the end he put 16 modules on the engine bay, 12 in the fuel tank, and the remaining 20 in the spare wheel well. As a final touch, Schuster put a proper charging port where the original fuel filler cap was.
So how does the modified 86 perform? Well the owner plans to post a video of the car running soon. For now, Schuster posted two videos wherein he was seen leaving a garage quietly, as well as showing off just how quickly his electric 86 can accelerate from 0 to over 200 km/h.