LS power is the way.
The Tesla Model S offers some of the most impressive real-world performance around and has become the poster-child for the potential of EV vehicles. Despite its heavy curb weight, the Model S is capable of explosive acceleration thanks to its instant torque delivery and all-wheel drive system. That's all cool, but dropping a V8 under the hood is way cooler. Back in 2020, we reported on Rich Rebuild's plan to drop a 6.2-liter V8 out of a Chevrolet Camaro into a water-damaged Model S. At the end of last year, the car lovingly referred to as "Ice-T" finally took to the road and even made an appearance at the 2021 SEMA auto show. In the last video, the team behind this car mentioned that it required a dyno tune to get everything running perfectly. That video has finally arrived.
Now that the engine swap has been completed, many are wondering how much power Ice-T makes, what that custom exhaust system sounds like at full tilt, and how much weight has been saved now that the car doesn't have to lug around a heavy battery pack. The good news is that all these questions are answered in the video. The Rich Rebuilds team get off to a great start when they run out of gas on the way to the tuner, but are soon back up and running. Before the first run, the car's timing is checked and synced with the ECU. The tuner starts off with a simple base map and then makes adjustments after the first base run.
On the first run (with a very safe tune), the car made 333 horsepower. As the timing is made more and more aggressive, the car starts to gain significant power. On the second run it makes 343 hp, and then 351 hp. After a plug and wire change, the car makes a massive 444 hp. The next step is a set of headers and a supercharger kit, but for now, this power level should be more than enough to entertain. In terms of weight, the original 2018 Model S weighs in at 4,953 pounds with no driver. After the V8 engine swap and battery delete, Ice-T now tips the scales at an impressive 3,732 lbs, including the driver. That is around the same weight as a C7 Chevy Corvette. This all sounds like a recipe for massive fun.