Remember Gattaca? It was a pretty weird film, but we’ll never forget the cars. There was a Volvo P6, a Citroen DS Cabriolet, Rover P6 and other great classics. And they were all powered by batteries, in the movies at least.
Well now there’s a real cottage industry in making this particular Hollywood fantasy into a reality and we’re starting to see some truly spectacular electric cars based on some of the most iconic petrol-powered machines of years gone by.
In a way, it’s pure conservation. When the Internal Combustion Engine goes the way of the Dodo, and make no mistake it will, these electric cars will be the only way we can enjoy some of the greatest icons in motoring history. Chopping up some of these great cars will send the purists into apoplectic rage, but it’s better than parking them up for the rest of time
For now, they’re a chaotic blend of bespoke creations with exorbitant and price tags and homebrew kits that have been thrown together on a budget. But we think that reimagined classics are set to become ‘a thing’ and this is just the first wave of retro electric cars that are set to rock you world in the years to come. With all that out of the way, here’s our favorite EV conversions we’ve seen so far.
Electric GT 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS
A fuel leak and subsequent fire pretty much consigned this Ferrari 308 GTS, the Magnum PI car, to an early grave. Then San Diego-based Electric GT got hold of it and it rose again like a Phoenix from the ashes.
The molten V8 made way for a triple electric HPEVS AC51 motor that provided 330lb/ft of torque. Just for reference, that’s twice as much as the original 308 and it also packs 345kW of power, too, which roughly equates to 465bhp. That’s modern Ferrari territory.
That was mated to a 30kWh battery that provides 100 miles of range. The company could have given it more, but it wanted to retain the integrity of the driving experience and keep the conversion as lightweight as possible.
It also comes with a manual gearbox, a Porsche G50 5-speed that was chosen for its slick shift and ability to handle the extra torque.
The 308 GTS is a car from a bygone era, when a man could wear a moustache and Hawaiian shirt and still be considered super cool. An electric power plant has turned this car into a modern day legend and we’d love to see more of them on the road. Unfortunately for now this EV conversion seems to be a pretty rare thing.