There seems to be a craze catching on with matching classic metal with modern, alternative power sources. I guess not everyone wants to drive a Smartcar or a Prius, but at the same time doesn’t want to pay for gas. That is the case of software engineer Raul Atkinson, who finally decided that since nobody made an electric car he would want to drive, he’d simply build one himself.
Of course, it couldn’t look like an electric car. We are all entitled to our opinions, but I still live in America, home of the muscle car, luxury SUVs, and a seemingly endless series of scenic roads. So Atkinson’s idea of dumping an electric powerplant into a Daytona kit car is not only appealing, but downright sexy…in an Earth-friendly way.
The project took 2 years and an estimated 2000 hours to complete, but the results are pretty impressive. Using a 3-phase AC induction motor and 290 nickel-hydride batteries, Atkinson’s “Raptor” reaches 0-60 mph in 8 seconds, with a top speed of 100 mph. Maximum range is about 80 miles, with a full recharge taking just 3 hours. That is much less time spent recharging than most other production electric cars can boast.
The price is about $85,000, less than most comparable two-seat electric cars already on the market. You also have to realize that includes the price of a ’65 Shelby Daytona kit car. A rolling chassis alone can cost upwards of $65,000 (depending on the manufacturer), so this car could concievably be mass-produced at a much lower price. That is, of course, once it passes NHTSA safety standards, crash testing, and all that other good stuff.
Still, another step in the right direction if you ask me. Someone get this guy a factory! And somebody who gots to the fair get me some pictures under the hood as well. The Raptor debuts at the Marin County Fair this weekend in San Rafeal, CA.
Source: NBC Bay Area