The industry is applying full throttle to the transition to electric and electrified drive; there are more hybrids and more electric vehicles being launched and being developed worldwide. Some cities and countries have even made the bold declaration that they will ban internal combustion engines sometime in the future.
But what if you had a classic car that you really love and didn't want to part with? If that's the case, then an EV conversion may be the way to go.
Some manufacturers such as Jaguar and Volkswagen even offer conversions themselves. UK-based company Everatti, however, has converted a car that would certainly get people (and purists) talking – a classic air-cooled Porsche.
The 964-chassis Porsche 911 you see here does not have a flat-six engine anymore; it’s powered by a single electric motor that produces 500 horsepower and 500 Nm torque. All that power goes to the rear wheels through a single-speed gearbox and a limited-slip differential. Powering the motor is a 53-kWh battery pack that also provides around 242 kilometers of range. Meanwhile, the charging system supports fast charging and can provide a full charge from 10% in under an hour. The suspension has been revised, and Brembo brakes are fitted to handle the added power.
Aside from the EV conversion, Everatti can also do a full restoration of the 964. The 911 will be stripped down to bare metal and built from there. The Signature version also comes with wider fenders made from carbon fiber. Interestingly, the exhaust tips have been retained. Meanwhile, the interior will be revamped with modern-day tech, including Porsche’s Classic Communications Management head unit. The original gauges will also be replaced to show the parameters of the electric motor.
What to do with the original motor and gearbox? Everatti says they can make a glass display case for it. You might need it too. That is if you decided to reinstall the engine in the future. The company says the EV conversion is fully reversible in the event the owner changes their mind.
For those wondering about price, it starts at £250,000 or roughly PHP 17,000,000. Mind you, that price doesn’t include the Porsche 964 donor car that customers have to provide. Considering the prices of a 964 today, building an Everatti 911 is no doubt expensive.
The question now is would you convert your air-cooled Porsche to an EV? Or do 911s deserve flat-six power no matter what?