I am slowly but surely getting back into the groove of things, and I have a whole lot of work to catch up on. One of the first stories to catch my eye this morning was the work of Andrew McClary, who bought an old GT-40 replica kit car on eBay. He not only restored it, but converted this unloved kit car into an electric vehicle capable of topping 130 mph.
The Ford GT-40 is one of the most famed racing cars in motorsports history. After Ford failed to buy Ferrari in the mid-60’s, the Blue Oval crew set out to beat Ferrari at their own game. The Ford GT-40 variants would go on to dominate the 24 Hours of Le Mans, among other contests of speed. Today, real GT-40’s are few and and quite collectible (i.e. expensive), though there have always been a lot of kit car options to choose from. In 1967 Fiberfab introduced the Valkyrie, a sports car obviously modeled after the Ford GT-40.
Andrew bought an uncompleted ‘68 Valkyrie on eBay that had a good body, but a rusty frame. It took him two years to complete the restoration, and subsequent conversion into an EV, and he documented the whole thing over on his website, EVMania.com. He did 99% of the work himself, and recently added new lithium-ion batteries that dropped 400 lbs of dead weight as well as increased power and range. The result is a car that can top 130 mph with a range of 120 miles on a single charge. Not bad for a home built project, and as the above photo shows, the ladies love it too.
Some of the nifty features included in Andrews conversion are a clutchless 4-speed transmission, roof-mounted solar panels, and two onboard computer infotainment systems. This is definitely one of the cooler EV conversions I have seen. This seems to be the wave of the future, the new hot rodding if you will. As prices go down, and minds open up to the performance and potential of electric vehicles, I think we’ll start seeing more and more people pursuring the same path as Andrew.