Electric GT, a San Diego-based company you might have never heard of, has taken a fire-damaged 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS and transformed it into a full electric model, with a Porsche transmission.
Call it blasphemy but the deed is already done. The firm specializes into ICE (internal combustion engine) to EV (electric vehicle) conversions and their creation has been relabeled as the “308 GTE”. Now the Electric GT zero-emissions vehicle has given up its original 2.9-liter V8 engine in favor of a triple electric AC¬51 motor assembly developed by Hi Performance Electric Vehicle Systems (HPEVS). The ICE assembly had became unusable after a fuel leak burned the engine (and electrical system) – but back in the day it produced 240 horsepower and 195 pound-feet, which is way less than the electric powertrain, which puts out a combined 415 hp and 330 lb-ft.
This 308 GTS – sorry GTE – has another quirky addition: it makes use of a modified Porsche G50 five-speed manual transmission with a flipped mid-engine orientation. It gets even more interesting – Electric GT said they selected the Porsche manual box to preserve the driving thrills associated with every Ferrari! The new configuration also adds a 30-kWh battery pack for a range of about 100 miles and the company has promised to wrap up work on a newly developed pack with double the capacity. As you might expect it, the 308 GTE is way heavier than the original incarnation – 2,835 lbs (1,286 kg) – tipping the scales at 3,350 pounds (1,519 kilograms).