As I’ve said before, SEMA is not usually a place you expect to see lots of alternative fuel vehicles. But in recent years there has been a paradigm shift, and increasing floor space has been devoted to debuting technologies and cars that conserve gas, rather than waste it.
Factory Five, out of Wareham Massachusetts, is a well-known maker of kit cars based on classic Shelby designs including the Cobra and Daytona. Amp=D has taken one of their kit cars based on the iconic ’33 Ford and built a powerful electric drivetrain around this handsome hot rod.
I’ve already had the pleasure of touring the Factory Five factory a few weeks ago, and I can tell you it is a professional outfit to the T. These guys take pride in their work and the obsessiveness with precision shows. Aside from the Cobra and Daytona, their portfolio even includes a car of their own design, the Corvette-based GTM. The inspiration for an electric ’33 hot rod actually comes from the rabid fan club that has popped up around Factory Five. Factory Five cars are subject to numerous alt-fuel conversions, from biodiesel to electric, even a turbine-electric powered GTM.
Factory Five introduced the ’33 Ford just last year, and the car has been met with remarkable enthusiasm, shipping over 165 units to date. This electrified version built by Amp=D uses a UQM electric drive engine cranking out 330 horsepower and 660 ft-lbs of torque at zero RPM. I may not be the biggest electric car enthusiast, but I really love the potential of electric vehicles in racing applications. The car accelerates from 0-60 in 4 seconds and can get a range of around 100 miles thanks to A123 systems lithium ion batteries. The car only weighs 2,400 pounds too, despite the batteries.
There aren’t any plans to offer the car for public purchase as of yet, although Factory Five is well known for building to suit a customer’s needs. Besides, why go through all the work of redesigning a chassis if you can’t make some money off of it, right? I imagine they are using SEMA to gauge public interest. Judging by how fast this story is getting passed around the internet, there is plenty of interest all right.