Classic Porsche 911 with Tesla power unveiled

Classic Porsche 911 with Tesla power unveiled
Classic Porsche 911 with Tesla power unveiled

US electric car-conversion start-up Sacrilege Motors – yes, that’s its real name – will unveil its Tesla-powered classic Porsche 911 at the upcoming Monterey Car Week in California.

A US electric car-conversion start-up has unveiled the ‘Blackbird’ – a classic Porsche 911 which has traded its conventional six-cylinder petrol engine for Tesla power – ahead of its public debut at the upcoming Monterey Car Week in California.

Named after the famed Lockheed SR-71 supersonic aircraft – the world’s fastest jet plane which set the record of 3529km/h in 1976 – the Blackbird electric-car is built by the aptly named Sacrilege Motors, based in Connecticut.

Based on a 964-generation Porsche 911 from 1992, the ‘triple-black’ Blackbird is mostly set apart from the petrol-powered sports car under the skin.

The donor Porsche 911 was powered by a six-cylinder engine mated to a four-speed automatic transmission, while the Sacrilege Motors electric car now uses the electric motor from a Tesla Model S to power its rear wheels. 

The US company says the electric motor produces approximately 373kW (500 horsepower) and 500Nm, which is powered by a 62kWh battery pack – good for a claimed driving range of about 320km.

Despite its electric motor and battery pack, Sacrilege Motors claims the Blackbird weighs 1450kg – or less than 100kg heavier than the car upon which it is based – allowing it to accelerate from 0-100km/h in sub-four seconds.

With a focus on performance, the Blackbird is also fitted with custom Penske adjustable shock absorbers (two-way at the front, three-way at the rear), Brembo brakes and Fiske three-piece forged wheels – shod in Michelin tyres.

The Blackbird retains the wide ‘Turbo body’ look of the special edition 911 America Roadster upon which it is based, though it now has a more sinister stance due to its blacked-out paintwork and low ride height.

Sacrilege Motors will reveal the Blackbird in full on August 20 at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, as a part of the famed Monterey Car Week.

It will not be the only electric Porsche 911 on display, as established conversion firm Everrati is also planning to show off its battery-powered 964 at the car show.

Based in the UK, Everatti has previously converted not only Porsche 911s but also Land Rovers, Range Rovers, classic Mercedes-Benz coupes and even a Ford GT40.

As with Sacrilege Motors, Everrati has based most of its electric 911s on the 964-generation model – seemingly the sports car of choice for restoration firms, including the iconic Singer brand.

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