This Electric Toyota AE86 Is the Perfect Case Study

Old cars are light enough to take a heavy battery pack and still remain fun to drive, taking full advantage of the extra torque and power.

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Imagine a Toyota AE86 that weighs 2200 lbs and retains its five-speed manual while packing 300 foot pounds of torque from zero to 4000+ rpm. That's exactly what Omead Moinee drives as his drift car, and it's the type of retrofit EV tech we are bound to see more and more of as parts get cheaper and more powerful.

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Using a purpose-built DC motor out of an electric dragster and an aviation-spec lithium-ion battery pack, his 1986 AE86 SR5/GTS EV follows the recipe of earlier Pikes Peak race cars, sending roughly 250 horsepower to the rear axle via a standard Toyota gearbox. Weight distribution remains ideal at 47/53 per cent front to rear, and it would be hard to imagine a Hachiroku that can smoke its tires faster than this torque monster.

What's obviously missing is the music of valves screaming for mercy, but at least the EV cooldown process sounds like a proper turbine. Not bad!

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