It gained’t be tomorrow or the day after that, however there’ll come a time when fossil fuels shall be outlawed, which means it’ll be unimaginable to drive your combustion-engined automobile anymore. Until artificial fuels achieve traction within the coming years, electrification is inevitable. Whereas that saddens traditionalists, there’s a ray of hope for individuals who aren’t prepared to let go of their basic and classic vehicles.
As evidenced by the MINI Recharged undertaking, vehicles that have been initially powered by ICEs can proceed to roam the streets following an electrical conversion. Such is the case right here with a 1975 BMW 1602 that used to have a fuel engine. Electrical Traditional Automobiles in Wales not solely absolutely restored the outdated Bimmer, but additionally gave it a brand new lease on life by yanking out the oily bits to make room for an electrical motor and a battery pack.
On the coronary heart of the 1602 is now an air-cooled HyPer 9 electrical motor sending 120 horsepower and 173 pound-feet (235 Newton-meters) of torque to the rear wheels. The e-motor is bolted to the bell housing of the unique four-speed handbook gearbox, which suggests the driving force can nonetheless row by way of the gears like he used to. Whereas the quantity of energy isn’t spectacular by right this moment’s requirements, the automobile solely weighs 1,064 kilograms (2,346 kilos) break up 58% entrance and 42% rear. As with each different EV, the torque kicks in nearly immediately.
It wants seven and a half seconds to finish the 0 to 62 mph (100 km/h) dash and tops out at 100 mph (161 km/h). With the 16 LG Chem lithium-ion cells (40 kWh) absolutely charged, it covers as a lot as 150 miles (241 kilometers). The zero-emissions BMW wears a Porsche-inspired Oak Inexperienced paint you additionally may bear in mind from the VW Golf GTI Mk2. It rides on 15-inch BBS duplicate wheels and boasts Brembo entrance brakes, whereas the experience top has been lowered by 30 millimeters (almost 1.2 inches) courtesy of Eibach springs.
How a lot did it price? Factoring within the donor automobile, restoration, and the EV conversion, it was £80,000 or about $97,500 at present change charges.
BMW itself is not any stranger to turning the three Sequence’ precursor into an EV, having carried out the very same to the 1602 for the 1972 Olympic Video games in Munich. Coincidentally, the corporate arrange a lightweight present at its headquarters the opposite day to mark 50 years because the unveiling of the 1602 Elektro-Antrieb (Electrical-Drive).
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