While Volkswagen itself is still fooling around with concepts, others went on and delivered the EV promise – though not exactly the way anyone would have expected.
Icon has been founded by Jonathan Ward and they became known for great restomods such as restored and upgraded Toyota FJ40 Land Cruisers. But they also have the Icon Derelict line, and the latest project belonging to it includes the team’s first ever electric car. The company has decided they need to attract everyone’s attention – so they chose a wonderfully odd 1973 Volkswagen Thing. The restomod has been dubbed the Derelict Wild Thing and comes packing an AM Racing electric motor that delievrs 180 horsepower (134 kilowatts) and 210 pound-feet (285 Newton-meters) of torque.
Additionally, we should take notice of the packaging – the components eat up just a little of the Thing’s rear engine bay, and Icon makes them all fit as if off the factory floor. 40-KWh of batteries sit up front where there was supposed to be some luggage space, and drivability is ensured by Wilwood brakes, adjustable coilovers, and sway bars. Inside, the Thing’s utilitarian ruggedness has been maintained, albeit with a dash of modernity. There’s a retro-styled fully digital display, a new stereo – and we’re pretty sure the owner will have a blast with the hardtop off and windshield lowered.