V8-Powered Tesla Is Getting A Six-Speed Manual

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The transmission is nearly finalized.

As quickly as the automotive industry tries to innovate, there are people who devolve its creations. The perfect example is Rich B, a car fanatic who's been converting a Tesla Model S into a gas-powered V8 hot rod using parts from a scrapped Chevrolet Camaro. Some might see this move as a slap in the face of mother earth, but seeing as the Tesla Model S in question was destined for a scrapyard, this build could be considered upcycling, which as we all know is a good thing. In his latest video, Rich fits a six-speed manual to the car, getting it one step closer to hitting the streets.

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YouTube/Rich Rebuilds
YouTube/Rich Rebuilds

In the last video, the 426-horsepower 6.2-liter V8 engine was installed, but it took more effort than first thought and required custom CV axles, and extensive modification to the tub of the Model S. With the battery pack removed, the chassis also requires additional bracing. The video starts with planning the transmission tunnel. For the install, Rich had to cut the floor and firewall of the Tesla. The pedals are already installed, and we must admit, it's pretty weird to see a clutch pedal in a Tesla. The shifter position is also finalized, despite the whole setup looking pretty janky. Finally, the dashboard is completely removed after measurements have been taken, and the install can be finalized.

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The suspension also sees a major change: gone is the standard air suspension, and in its place comes a set of traditional coilovers. We suspect that this decision was made in order to save on time and headaches further down the line. After some more cutting, bashing, and finessing, the transmission looks much happier in its new home, but like all builds the transmission and engine have to be removed at the end of the video for wiring purposes. This build is getting really interesting, and we can't wait to hear this thing braap.

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YouTube/Rich Rebuilds

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