A Porsche is equal to a roaring boxer engine, but what about a silent Porsche 912 EV Conversion instead?
Why the Porsche 912 was introduced
Porsche introduced the 912 in the year 1965. It was a less expensive and far less powerful version of the 911, to close the price gap between the 356, which was still being built at the time, and the 911. The 912 was nearly identical to the 911 in terms of design and technology. But in contrast to the 911, it had a 1.6-liter 4-cylinder boxer engine from the 356 SC in the back. For usage in the 912, its power output was decreased from 95 to 90 hp at 5,800 1/min to provide the engine with additional torque and stability. A 4-speed manual transmission was in charge of power transfer.
The Porsche 912 throughout the years
The suspension from the Porsche 356 was originally intended to be used, and it wasn’t until the very last minute (1964) that Porsche’s engineers opted to create an entirely new suspension. With front longitudinal torsion bars supported by McPherson struts and stabilizers and a rear semi-independent suspension with longitudinal and transverse struts in accordance with a Porsche patent, the Porsche 900 series’ suspension was entirely unique at the time. A skilled driver is necessary when operating a Porsche 900 series, especially in the fast corners.
The automobile has a significant tendency to oversteer as a result of the rear-mounted engine. In actuality, releasing the gas in a sharply-taken corner causes the car to break out at the back quite fast (particularly on wet roads).
Porsche produced 9090 912 models in 1966. About half of these vehicles were sold in the US, a quarter in Germany, and the other units were distributed throughout the rest of Europe and the rest of the world.
The 4.5″ Fuchs rim was first launched for the 911S in 1967 and later became an option for the 911 and 912. The pricey option quickly gained enormous popularity.
A new rubber-mounted engine suspension was added in 1967. Less interior resonance was produced by the improved suspension. The engine trembled more than the previous version, though, if it was not correctly tuned. This year, a separate braking system was added to the 911/912 models. 8,436 of them were sold globally.
The wheelbase was increased from 2211 to 2268 mm in 1969 to enhance handling. The most noticeable modification was the broadening of the fender edges to give them a sportier appearance. Units for the turn signals were modified. Now, the glass might be changed. With the older models, even a shattered glass caused significant harm. A different steering wheel was used. The way the safety belts were attached was enhanced. Also, the interior became increasingly opulent and comprehensive. Some Fuchs wheels were added and made six inches wider. 5485 automobiles of type 912 were sold in 1969. Although the 912’s production ceased in 1969, a 912E was still made and introduced in 1976
The Future: The Porsche 912 EV Conversion
David Bernardo from Zelectric Motors and Michael Bream from EV West in California constructed this 1968 Porsche 912. It has an oil-cooled 400 kW Tesla Model S propulsion unit and a 32 kWh LG Chem battery pack.
Behind the back license plate is a J1772 charge port that powers the batteries. According to Zelectric Motors, the car’s range is 120 miles.
They enhanced handling with drilled and vented brakes, an Elephant Racing suspension, and a set of Magnus Walker Outlaw wheels.
With PRM Porsche LED headlights, the body has a GRP fiberglass hood and decklid coated in Nardo Grey vinyl. A touchscreen display and heated leather GTS Classics seats can be found inside the interior. This Porsche 912 EV Conversion has a curb weight of 2,475 lb.
Will this Porsche 912 EV Conversion be something for you, or would you prefer this Volvo P1800?