Electric Mk1

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Pete
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Electric Mk1

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Feast your eyes on this, Tesla powered Mk1 build , 300bhp?
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Is that HOY? :lol:
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I suspect a lot of our engine bays will look that that in a few years. The rivet counters are going to be beside themselves :D
The good thing with a classic Mini is the drive will still be entertaining even without an A series.
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Hmm .. will need a Q Plate ;)
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hanlminiman wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:19 am Is that HOY? :lol:
Very funny :x :lol: :lol:

You couldn't print what I think about all this electric business :shock:

Does look a cracking build though - despite the Tossla motor.
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Not that impressed tbh

Yes it's great to put a Tesla motor in But their electric conversions do not use Tesla charging systems. So much slower recharge times.

Their standard mini conversion when I asked a few weeks back is 26kwhs which works out at 34.85bhp (roughly Nissan leaf)
Which gives 100mile range and requires around 4hrs charge time. (Assuming the battery stays in optimal condition top gear got 34miles out of an old Nissan leaf)

Based on a 6.6kw charge system

That's based off how big a battery they could fit in a mini
300 bhp in kWh is a about 223.8kwh's unless it's going in a estate or van etc or throw out all the seats you'd probably be lucky to get a full set of runs up Prescott.

In my opinion Battery technology is not there yet to spend money converting classic cars for a bit of fun.

100 miles gets me to about Preston.... That's going to be along trip to get to any mini event.

Blyton is 3 hr 15 min (185.3 miles thanks Google) in a classic mini EV conversion
That becomes a 7hrs 15min journey + I'd need to charge it at Blyton before I could drive it around the track and charge it again before leaving.

So the return journey from Blyton park including charging up before I can leave becomes 11hrs 15min just to do a 185 mile trip home .. .
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What a waste of a Mk 1 shell !!!
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JohnA wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:59 am What a waste of a Mk 1 shell !!!
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
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rolesyboy wrote: Sun Dec 13, 2020 11:44 am I suspect a lot of our engine bays will look that that in a few years. The rivet counters are going to be beside themselves :D
The good thing with a classic Mini is the drive will still be entertaining even without an A series.
I don’t think you’d need to be a rivet counter to not want to drive a beefed up milk float. 😆. That said, it’s coming and those that want to should do, and those that don’t won’t, but until the charging infrastructure is in place it’s gonna be a lot longer than a few years. I saw a queue of Teslas on an M40 services this week waiting to charge up. I reckon they’d need to double the size of the car parks and equip every parking space with a charging point to allow rapid growth of electric. 90% of the houses where I live would need a charging point on the actual kerb to make it work, but yep there’s no denying it’s coming!

I’d still have to fit a back box at least to make it look right, and do brum brum noises. :lol:
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Why would you do this? There's going to be petrol around for classics for many years yet, especially as electric powered cars (cars that are actually designed to be electric from the ground up) become more prevalent.
This is just a meaningless compromise - neither one thing or the other.
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