As most of you probably assumed by my input and comments I AM actually building an 818. Why not post the progress you ask? Good question. Here's the answer: It was determined that we would keep this on the skunk-works side of things until we pulled the curtain at SEMA. Well, that recently fell through and because there are others out there doing electric (the amazing Bob from Cincy comes to mind) I figured what's the point? Time to share.
This is such an amazing candidate for electric that it has caused a major stir in the EV community. I had made my decision back in January that this would be the way I would go due to my interest in building outside the box as well as my background in racing RC cars. And it's amazing the similarities this new full scale technology has with it's smaller counterparts. For this project I have teamed with EV West who have already proven themselves to be incredible engineers as well as consummate professionals with an incredible track record in the EV racing circle.
So here it is for those who are interested:
HPEVS AC35x2 with Dual Curtis 144V motor controllers with water cooled chill plates Power Graph
2002 Subaru 5sp manual with sport clutch and lightened flywheel
EV West Water Jetted adapter plate and custom coupler
50 Cell- CALB LiFe 3.2V 100Ah- 160V (144V - Sag)
ELCON- PFC 5000 Charger
DC to DC converter
Custom aluminum battery boxes
EVnetics Hall Effect throttle
Bosch Charging Station
Sparco Assetto Gara Wheels 18x8 -20lb (chosen for price point and light weight)
Hankook Ventus v112k 215/40/18- 20lb (same)
Expected Performance - We'll find out!
Expected Range - ~60 Miles