(VIDEO) What you get when a classic Ferrari Testarossa is modified to electric propulsion, giving up its original 12-cylinder engine

Apr. 19th, 2023, 08:53 PM GMT
A year ago, ​​the owner of a British workshop for converting classic cars to electric propulsion, had the idea to transform a classic Ferrari Testarossa, with a 12-cylinder engine, into an electric car. Given how valuable the Testarossa is and how legendary the model is, the idea will certainly be considered blasphemy by many car enthusiasts. But the Briton got it done, he even received a new order meanwhile from a Testarossa owner. And he recently published a video of the car with the transformations already done on it.
So this Ferrari has said goodbye to its original 4.9-liter engine, which the Italians said was a V12 with the blocks positioned at 180 degrees, which effectively qualifies it as a boxer engine. The engine had 390 hp and 490 Nm and provided the car with an acceleration of less than 6 seconds to the first hundred. But, even more importantly, these Ferraris reached 290 km/h with it.
Now, the car received a Tesla electric motor, says the author of the conversion. He was careful to mount it in front of the rear axle, to keep as much as possible the idea of ​​a mid-mounted engine, as it was in the original. In the compartment where once was the combustion engine, however, they made room for part of the batteries. Another part was also placed in front, to better distribute the weight.
Paradoxically, the calculations showed that, with the battery that was originally intended to be installed, the car would have been lighter in its form with electric propulsion, than with the 12-cylinder engine. So the battery received more cells up to a total capacity of 63 kWh, to have more autonomy and roughly equal the initial weight.
If initially this Ferrari weighed 1,670 kg, now it weighs 1,712 kg, which is only 42 kg more.
But the weight distribution is different, the front axle becoming heavier now and the rear axle lighter. This made the front wheels appear more pressed than the original, and the rear wheels - higher than the fenders. Therefore, new springs and suspension adjustments will be needed.
However, the car was almost completely completed except for these additional changes needed to the suspension. It runs and has all the functional elements, so the idea was finished. The author of the changes also went for a short walk with her. Most likely, the acceleration of this electric Ferrari Testarossa will perhaps be faster than the original. But there is little chance that its electric motor can take this Ferrari to 290 km/h.
Check out what this Ferrari looks like in the video below.
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