Classic Ferrari Ditches V8 For Electric Power


“Blasphemy, I tell you,” is what some Ferrari fans may now be screaming at their computer screens, “blasphemy!” And admittedly, they do have a point. Ferrari has never built a purely electric car, but that minor detail didn’t stop California’s EV West from giving it a go.

In 2014, the company began turning this car, a 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS, into an electric vehicle. It had been fire damaged, branded with a salvage title, and was not in good shape overall. But instead of rotting away or being cannibalized for parts, it was given new life thanks to modern electric motors.

Now it’s a proper EV supercar—colloquially referred to as a Ferrari 308 ‘GTE’, or Electric GT—and it packs much more horsepower than it ever originally had. Take a look below, and enjoy the Magnum P.I. tunes.

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According to the Electric GT crew, the idea for the build was hatched over a night of drinks with old friends. Not long after, the fire-damaged Ferrari 308 was purchased for around $10,000 and its body was restored to quite high standards. But it’s what’s inside that really makes it unique.

The company swapped the sonorous 2.9-liter Ferrari V8 for not one, but three AC-51 electric motors, which apply their power to the ground through a Porsche 911 Turbo ‘G50’ transaxle. Supplying the juice to run those motors is a lithium ion battery pack comprised of 48 180 amp-hour cells, good for around 80 miles of range (and more if driven gingerly).

The real tasty figure however is total horsepower, of which this car has lots. The Ferrari 308 GTE now puts down an impressive 415 hp (nearly double the original) and 330 lb.-ft. of torque. Also rather noteworthy is its weight; at 3,350 pounds it only weighs 150 pounds more than stock.

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Of course the Ferrari 308’s V8 warble is surely missed, but smokey all-electric burnouts are a nice substitute indeed. Thinking you might need an EV Ferrari as well? Electric GT says they can build one and even source an optimal donor car. The firm also has a few other projects in the works, including an electrified Fiat 124 Spider. Green is good.

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