The Enfield 8000
The first is this Enfield 8000. This is first on this list because it’s quirky, crazy, and you’ve probably never heard of the Enfield. It also technically was already electric. The Enfield 8000 was produced in the 70s and fewer than 120 were ever made. At the time it was produced it had a small aluminum body with an 8bhp electric motor and 8 12v lead batteries. So this thing was really just a little go-kart disguised as an actual car. Its top speed was 48mph and only had a range of 55 miles.
Jonny Smith saw something more from this car. He saw the potential to make the ultimate tiny electric car that could handle itself at the drags, and as a quiet daily driver. He was able to take some modern EV technology and restomod the old Enfield. He calls it the Flux Capacitor.
This car is right up my alley. In fact, this is what I’m trying to do with my ‘89 Pao. But let’s look at some of the specs he’s got. The motors are a twin series mounted 9-inch DC Current Racing motors. Max rpm of 5000rpms and it’s a direct drive car. It’s got an upgraded suspension with AVO adjustable shocks, custom rose-jointed four-link rear suspension with narrowed Ford 9-inch LSD back axle with 6-inch prop shaft, bolt-on rear wheelie bars and some new bushings.
You can find out more details about the build here on Jonny’s site
Tesla Powered Nissan R32 Skyline
This R32 Skyline makes this list because it’s an R32 Skyline. I’m willing to bet there are a bunch of JDM purists who may not see eye to eye with me on this one. But a Tesla powered R32? Come on, that’s pretty cool.
This R32 was made by the people over at ZeroEV in the UK. They make a lot of electric vehicle conversion videos on their Youtube channel and have a lot of different projects that are all worth checking out. This build came to be from the mind of Chris Hazell who wanted to make an EV Skyline that could drift. From the videos, you can tell he succeeded. The rear end of the Skyline is a complete rear subframe from a Tesla and houses the drive unit. The motor makes 400kw but with Chris’ tweaks it makes up to 600 horse. That’s a lot of power. The batteries come from a Chevy Volt.