Sunday, February 5

This electric Ford Mustang flies thanks to its Tesla heart | Digital Trends Spanish


Sooner or later it had to happen. The meeting of two of the most iconic names in the American automotive world was inevitable. Fortunately, the confluence did not occur in a disastrous accident resulting from the replacement of a 2007 Mustang GT’s 4.6-liter modular V8 and its transmission in favor of the electric drive system of a crashed Tesla Model S P85+. The result is the Testang that you see in the images that accompany this article.

The testang boasts 470 horsepower and more than 440 pound-feet of torque thanks to the expertise of AEM Electronics, the man in charge of the powertrain transplant. AEM is a company that since 1987 has been in the business of manipulating automotive electronic systems by designing and building its own engine control units, or ECUs. Now he ventures into the world of conversions from cars with internal combustion engines to electric vehicles.

AEM Electronics

The goal of the project was to demonstrate the capabilities of a new inverter control board designed by AEM, which is evidenced by seeing that the original Tesla powertrain, which contains the motor, inverter, axles and brakes, it typically produces 335 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Electronic manipulation of Tesla’s powertrain, achieved via the card, is at the origin of the increase in power figures.

The battery, which is not from Tesla but from a hybrid minivan, was placed in the front of the vehicle for better weight distribution. One of the reasons a hybrid vehicle battery was used is for its ability to discharge its energy more quickly, but the choice also makes it clear that autonomy was not one of the project’s priorities.

Motor Trend tested the Testang and reports running the first quarter mile in 11.78 seconds at 117 mph on street tires on a traction-ready track. These figures are respectable for an automotive Frankenstein made from used parts that is still considered a work in progress.

But what is really important about the success of the Testang is that it demonstrates, not for the first time and certainly not for the last time, the viability of a second life for current internal combustion cars as electric vehicles. Conversion is relatively easy to accomplish and will become more affordable as the conversion industry becomes more popular.

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