The Fastest Porsche 912 – Powered by Tesla

What would you do if you owned a 1968 Porsche 912: keep it original or modify it? Retrofitting; the addition of new technology or features to older systems, is something that divides the crowds and converting a vintage car to electric is probably even more controversial!

Zelectric Motors and EV West have joined forces to convert this 1968 Porsche 912 from the original flat-four to being powered by a Tesla drive train. Instead of the heavy Tesla batteries, a lighter LG Chem battery pack has been installed and the modified Porsche has a whopping 550 hp!

Electric conversions are becoming increasingly popular and Zelectric Motors has a 3-year waiting list. As an alternative, they plan to sell a 912 conversion kit for $50,000 USD. With lower prices, we will probably see more discussions about the need for updating older cars to modern conditions – or keeping the vintage cars original for the authentic driving experience.

Check out the video by The Verge and decide if you think this is the future – or blasphemy?

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Sara Brand Hansen is a car and motorcycle enthusiast by heart. She has a passion for classic designs and authentic retro styling in everything from crafts, furniture, watches, architecture and motorized vehicles. Not racing herself but often cheering at the finish line and always looking for great pictures and the best stories.