ELECTRIFYING MUSTANG

Alan Mann Racing’s ELECTRIFYING MUSTANG is the first ePower Legacy model from the UK-based classic racing team and its U.S.-based partner.

ELECTRIFYING MUSTANG

Alan Mann Racing (AMR) is building on its global reputation for classic car restoration and racecar preparation, with the launch of a classic 1960s Ford Mustang – but with a powerful new cutting-edge electric powertrain and modern chassis. Made famous by its race and championship-winning cars in the 1960s, AMR is expanding its existing business with a move into a new generation of engineering, beginning with the development and integration of electric powertrains into the familiar shape of the 1960s Ford Mustang – in either hardtop coupe or fastback styles.

“We have been watching the incredible growth of so-called resto-mods with interest,” said Henry Mann, son of founder Alan Mann, and director of AMR.  “We’ve seen cherished cars that owners want to improve, and we’ve seen those that owners want to future-proof, and we believe our new 1960s Mustang Coupe meets both needs.

“This particular model played a large part in the history of our company and is close to our hearts,” he added. “It was the first racing Mustang to achieve international success for Ford, and, back in 1964, it was all prepared in-house by my father’s operation.”

The base car, any 1960s Mustang can be sourced by AMR or provided by the owner, and is carefully stripped and the powertrain removed.  Body and remaining mechanicals are either replaced or refurbished to a very high standard, and the whole vehicle is then rebuilt around a state-of-the-art compact electric motor driving the rear wheels, and a modern, racing-standard chassis.

“We are tremendously excited to be growing our core expertise,” said Henry Mann, “as this effectively future-proofs our own business as legislation continues to tighten around the use of classic cars and combustion engines.  We will always love the sight, sound and smell of a finely-tuned internal combustion engine, but we recognize there may come a time when they are no longer viable.  We believe electrification is a good way to keep these fabulous cherished classics on the road.”

ELECTRIFYING MUSTANGEach ELECTRIFYING MUSTANG (depending on the condition of the donor car) takes around 1,000 hours to complete.  Customers outside the UK will receive their cars from AMR’s new business partner, Mann ePower Cars, based near Philadelphia, USA, with the quality, engineering and mechanical specification mirroring the standards set in Surrey – with many key components shipped from AMR in the UK.

“We not only share an automotive passion with our business partners, but we also share a name!” said Alan Mann Racing’s Henry Mann.

“Mann ePower Cars is owned by another Mann family, but based in Hatboro, Pennsylvania, USA.  Coincidentally the CEO is also called Henry Mann, but we are not related.  Henry and his family have a 50-year history of manufacture, sales and service in the precision electronics and hi-tech lighting sector and have independently curated an extraordinary collection of modern and classic automobiles”, he added.

The two Henrys first met at the launch of the Alan Mann Heritage Edition Ford GT at the 2022 Chicago Auto Show. Friendship quickly turned to partnership, driven by shared passion and ambition – and complementary skill sets.

The ePower Mustang conversion process does not just involve the removal of the old powertrain and the addition of a compact electric motor, control electronics and batteries, as the entire shell is stripped and restored.  The chassis is upgraded with high quality racing-standard componentry, developed by experienced Formula One designers, with independent double wishbone suspension with billet aluminum uprights replacing the original’s front struts and rear leaf springs.  The 1960s braking system is replaced with a powerful cutting-edge regenerative system featuring ventilated front and rear discs with six-piston calipers in front and four-piston calipers behind. Helping transmit the Mustang’s 300nM of torque to the road is a Torsen limited-slip differential.

The design and feel of the original 1960s interior are retained as much as possible, although every element is either restored, replaced or substituted, with the emphasis on a period-correct aesthetic. The only modern additions being more comfortable and supportive racing seats, climate control, Bluetooth connectivity and a carefully integrated video display.

AMR has worked hard to balance the need for a useable range, exceeding the 200 miles of the 1960s car, with an acceptable overall weight, which allows a genuine dynamic personality fully in keeping with a modern, fast, and fun GT car. Charging too has been optimized, using either AC or DC chargers, with a 20 percent to 80 percent recharge taking just 40 minutes.

“The original engine and gearbox accounts for around 630 pounds,” explained Mann, “and that’s almost the weight of the installed battery pack – it’s a little heavier, but not massively so.”

AMR and Mann ePower Cars expect strong interest from existing owners who wish to ‘electro-mod’ their classic Mustangs, but equally, Ford built over a million Mustangs of this type, and there remains a robust supply of suitable donor vehicles for those preferring to purchase a finished vehicle.

The ePower ELECTRIFYING MUSTANG becomes the first in a series of exciting Alan Mann Legacy Edition cars to be produced, with others to follow soon. For more information about Alan Mann Racing and its ELECTRIFYING MUSTANG, please visit https://alanmann.co.uk/

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911

The first PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 from Sacrilege Motors will break cover at the upcoming Pebble Beach Concours.

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911

Sacrilege Motors, a bespoke performance, restoration and electric-conversion studio, will reveal its first Porsche 911 commission on the Concept Lawn at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance on Sunday, August 20, 2023. Sacrilege Motors is the premier restoration and electric-conversion company devoted to evolving the classic Porsche 911 by preserving its analog driving feel and precise handling, while updating its performance and reducing its environmental impact.

Nicknamed BLACKBIRD by its owner, in honor of the supersonic Lockheed SR-71 aircraft, this  triple-black commission, a ‘92 Porsche 911 America Roadster, is the first to be restored, performance-tuned, and converted to an electric powertrain at Sacrilege Motors’ headquarters in Lakeville, CT. Housed in a former Skip Barber facility, Sacrilege Motors chose the location for its proximity to  the historic Lime Rock Park racing circuit, where the BLACKBIRD PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 development testing took place. The Porsche 911 America Roadster is a limited-edition, U.S. version of the Porsche 911 Carrera 2 Cabriolet Turbo-look, one of 250 made. Originally equipped with a Tiptronic  transmission, this car now has a single-gear, all-electric powertrain.

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911

“Our passion for Porsche cars is paramount to this project,” said Bobby Singh, Sacrilege Motors’ president and technical lead. “We want to deliver an analog, air-cooled-era 911 with the reliability and instant power of an EV, while preserving an exhilarating driving experience that’s familiar to air-cooled 911 enthusiasts. Retaining the 911’s best handling characteristics, with added performance and up graded components, all while reducing its environmental impact, was our ultimate goal. We’ve kept  the same weight distribution, which is crucial to the car feeling like a Porsche 911 should.”

“Since 1997 I have owned a Porsche 911 993 Turbo…my dream car, maintained by Bobby for almost  30 years.” Sacrilege Motors CEO Phil Wagenheim said. “For this commission, we set out to maintain the soul of a Porsche 911 and familiarity of its driving experience, while adding a low-maintenance, high-performance powerplant. I’m not telling anyone to give up internal combustion…I’m not. What we are doing at Sacrilege is we’re just adding an electric power option to your analog quiver of fun.”

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 Blackbird

Model: ‘92 Porsche 911 America Roadster (one of 250 Produced; 1992-1993) 0-60: Under 4 seconds

Power: 500 horsepower

Torque: 369 pound-feet (500 Nm)

Weight: 3,200 pounds

Motor: Tesla Model S (Custom)

Battery Pack: 62 kWh

Range: Approx. 200 miles

Differential: Limited slip

Charging: CCS rapid charging

Suspension Front: Two-way inverted custom Penske race shocks

Suspension Rear: Three-way adjustable remote-reservoir custom Penske race shocks

Brakes: Brembo performance, slotted rotors, front and rear

Wheels: Fiske three-piece custom forged

Tires Front: Michelin PS2 235/40ZR-18

Tires Rear: Michelin PS2 295/35ZR-18

PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911Sacrilege Motors was founded in 2020 by finance entrepreneur and corporate CEO Phil Wagenheim and Porsche expert driver and tuner Bobby Singh, who brings three decades of experience race-tuning and maintaining elite Porsche sports cars, including the 959, Carrera GT, 918 Spyder, and Cup cars.

For more information about the PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911and Sacrilege Motors, please visit  https://sacrilegemotors.com/

Zapp Secure European Patents For Their Electric Scooter Design

One of the big challenges for manufacturers is how your vehicles will stand out if everyone is using batteries and motors. So it’s an important step when Zapp secure European patents for their electric scooter design, which has already won a number of awards.

Zapp secure European patents for their electric scooter designThe Zapp i300 features a two-piece Z-shaped exoskeleton
The Zapp i300 features a two-piece Z-shaped exoskeleton

And the other patent is for the removable front fairing, which you can replace to change colours or designs in the future. Apparently you’ll need to get the upgrade performed by an authorised technician coming to your home or work to swap the part over for the new version, rather than just heading into the garage yourself, but you also don’t need to pay for a respray or spend hours in the garage with rattle cans to get a new look for your scooter.

The swappable front fairing is a neat idea, even if you need a technician to come and make the switch
The swappable front fairing is a neat idea, even if you need a technician to come and make the switch

If you’re aiming to ride a Zapp i300 on an A1 license you’ll need to have your power limited, with a key sent to you to unlock full power (19hp peak, 8hp continous) when you go on to complete your A2 license. That means an unrestricted top speed electronically limited to 60mph. And you should get a range of up to around 60km from twin portable Litium-ion battery packs, riding in Eco Mode. There’s space for a pillion with a combined weight limit of 150kg.

There are currently four Zapp i300 models available to be reserved for £100, with the i300 Ocean starting at £6,495, the i300 Bio at £7,495, the i300 Carbon at £7,995, and the i300 Carbon Launch Edition for £8,495.

You can keep up with the latest news on Zapp electric vehicles here. And they can currently be reserved through the official website.

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Polestar has announced that the world premiere of its next car, the Polestar 3 electric performance SUV, will be in October 2022.

The vehicle will be the Swedish electric performance car company’s first SUV and will join the existing Polestar 2 five-door fastback in the line-up.

Polestar 3 will feature a dual-motor drivetrain and a large battery, with a range target of around 373 miles.

The confirmation of the world premiere comes with the first undisguised image of the car.

Production is expected to begin in early 2023, and Polestar 3 will be manufactured in the United States and China.

“Polestar 3 is the SUV for the electric age. Our design identity evolves with this high-end large luxury EV, with a strong, individual brand character,” says Thomas Ingenlath, Polestar CEO.

“With this car, we bring the ‘sport’ back to the SUV, staying true to our performance roots.”

“This is a major milestone for our company, one that boosts our growth trajectory and takes us into our next phase.”

Polestar plans to launch a new car every year for the next three years, starting with Polestar 3, and aims to increase its presence to at least 30 global markets by the end of 2023.

It also plans to grow its global sales ten-fold from approximately 29,000 in 2021 to some 290,000 by the end of 2025.

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Everrati Signature Edition ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 with Performance Pack showcases a 500-horsepower EV powertrain, is capable of sub-4-second 0 to 62-mph sprints with an up to 200-mile range.

ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911

Everrati today announces a new strategic partnership with the Aria Group, based in Irvine, CA, experts in low-volume specialist manufacturing and composites, to produce electrified classic sports cars. Aria group has experience creating vehicles for both Singer Vehicle Design, and Radford Motors (with its Type 62-2).

In addition to the electric Porsche 911, Everrati’s plug-in EV portfolio includes:

Land Rover Series IIA.

GT40 in partnership with Superformance, including officially licensed Gulf Edition.

Mercedes-Benz W113 SL Pagoda.

The 911 (964) redefined by Everrati range consists of Coupe, Targa & Cabriolet in narrow body, wide body and officially-licensed Gulf Editions. Its flagship Signature wide body features a 500-horsepower, 500Nm EV powertrain with a high-power state-of-the-art battery pack, capable of delivering an electric, emission-free driving range of up to 200 miles and sub-4-second 0-62-mph acceleration.

Centering on driver engagement and immersive experiences, each Everrati product features unparalleled engineering to OEM standards. Simultaneously, Everrati works meticulously to preserve the original ‘feel’ and character of its redefined icons with the transformation to electric power. Other areas of concentration include the optimization of weight distribution, chassis response and safety to enhance the performance of the original, reinvigorating its soul.

ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911According to Justin Lunny, Founder & CEO, Everrati Automotive Limited, “The build of our first car – ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 – in Irvine is already well underway and I cannot wait to deliver it to our Californian customer in the coming months.”

For more information about the ELECTRIC: PLUG-IN PORSCHE 911 and other electrifying icons from Everrati, please visit https://www.everrati.com/