This electric 1969 VW Crew Cab has nearly ten times more horsepower than the original.
The reveal of the Tesla Cybertruck last November generated a lot of publicity, but customer deliveries won't start until late 2021. And that was without the disruption of the novel coronavirus pandemic. To ease the wait for Tesla's first electric pickup to arrive, some people have attempted to build their own fake Tesla Cybertruck with, shall, we say, mixed results. There is now an alternative option, however.
Instead of replicating the Tesla Cybertruck's wedge-shaped design, the team at Classic Electric Cars decided to transform a vintage 1969 Volkswagen Crew Cab into an electric Tesla Cybertruck rival. As the name suggests, the UK company specializes in converting into classic cars into EVs, and its latest creation is delightfully bonkers.
In stock form, the Crew Cab's flat-four cylinder gasoline engine produces a measly 49 horsepower. Located beneath the beautifully-restored bodywork on the rear axle is an electric powertrain sourced from a Tesla Model S producing 450 horsepower - that's nearly ten times more power than the original VW.
Providing the juice is a 100kW battery taken from a Tesla Model X. While the Model X provides 351 miles of range based on EPA estimates, the modified VW will last around 250 miles on a single charge if driven conservatively. For convenience, the electric charging port is accessed using the truck's stock fuel filler cap.
To help the Crew Cab cope with this considerable power boost, Classic Electric Cars has upgraded the pickup with Porsche brakes and Bilstein shocks. There are modern luxuries you wouldn't normally expect to find inside the interior of a 1969 VW Crew Cab, including a touch screen in the dashboard allowing the driver to switch between drive, reverse, and neutral. Fittingly, Classic Electric Cars has named its creation the "Voltswagen."
With all that power being sent to the rear wheels, the converted VW pickup looks like a lot of fun to drive, while an electric power steering makes it easier to handle than the original. The video is worth watching just to see an old Volkswagen pickup do a tire-smoking burnout and keep up with a Ford Fiesta ST.