This Tesla-Powered '81 Honda Accord Is a Silent Acceleration Rocket

Zero to 60 mph in 2.7 seconds, going where no first-gen Accord has gone before.

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The instant torque of an electric motor can make for break-neck acceleration. We've seen this time and time again in Tesla's quickest cars, and it's been demonstrated to particularly dramatic effect in the new Aspark Owl prototype we saw earlier this week. Apparently, such an electric motor can do wonders for a first-gen Honda Accord.

A YouTuber who goes by Jimmy Built stuffed a Tesla motor and the battery pack from a Chevy Bolt into a ragged old 1981 Honda Accord to create what he calls, creatively, the "Teslonda." On one of its first test runs, it laid down a staggering 2.7-second 0-60 mph time, and there's video to prove it.

In the video description, Jimmy Built notes that this run was done on a cold day, with cold tires, and it shows. The Accord launches hard, but you can see its powerful electric motor overwhelms the rear tires. When everything is sorted, Jimmy Built thinks a 2.5-second run is in the cards.

Of course, there's not all that much Honda Accord left here. The entire rear-axle assembly, which houses the motor, , with a tube axle at the front. It's an impressive sight, with the proportions of an old-school dragster and the guts to back up the look. We can't wait to see it at a drag strip.

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