A finished example of the same kit...Ford Cortina uprights , discs and hubs..Jaguar XJS rear axle & suspension...Donor Vauxhall Astra 'C' steering columnRolling chassis...
OwnerMartin Winlow
Owner's Other EVs2001 Daihatsu HiJet
2008 Vectrix VX-1
LocationMuch Hadham, England United Kingdom map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle2012 SX
Ladder chassis-based, GRP bodied replica of the
Austin Healey 3000 from around 1964.
MotorSiemens 1PV5135 3-Phase AC
One of the Azure Dynamics orphans.
DrivetrainFull electric
ControllerSiemens DMOC645 'Force Drive'
One of the Azure Dynamics orphans.
Batteries48 other Nissan LEAF, 3.70 Volt, Lithium-Polymer
System Voltage300 Volts
HeaterModified Sebring (Ford Escort) heater offering
mains or battery powered ceramic heater
core-based demisting and cabin heat with pre-
conditioner (pre-warming cabin remotely
before use and using mains power) and diesel
(or bio-fuel) powered Webasto connected to a
conventional heater box matrix situated in
parallel with the ceramic heater core.
DC/DC ConverterBelktronix
Built in to charger
InstrumentationHmmmm... a mix of adapted traditional and
BMMS/Windows PC-based.
Top SpeedShould do a good 80mph but with the fixed
drive (no gears) this is a trade off with
acceleration. The Siemens setup is good for
~145HP, I gather, so 80mph and sizzling
acceleration (0-60 in about 5 seconds?) is
probably a realistic target for such a relatively
lightweight car (and more than enough for an
island 10 miles long with only 12 miles of single
track road!).
AccelerationHoping for 0-60mph in about 5 seconds (see
Range100 Miles (160 Kilometers)
Much the same as the LEAF - although the CdA
may be a bit higher with the kit-car shape, it will
be quite a bit lighter due to the GRP body. SO,
stop/go range should be much better than the
LEAF but high at speed, somewhat less.
Watt Hours/MileRTBS - similar to the LEAF at mid-speeds.
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight0
RTBS but at a rough guess ~800kg.
Tires185/70 HR15 on wire wheels with 'knock'off'
Conversion TimeHas been at 'rolling chassis' stage for the last
3 years! Hope to finish it over the winter

I think I have almost all the parts needed bar
the wire wheels, dash and hood. I have a big
roll of nice dark blue leather to do the interior
trim; door cards, seats (MGB-GT) and maybe
the dash top etc.
Conversion CostShould be around the £12k mark excluding the
controller/motor (£2k!), DC/DC converter (~
£300), BMS (~£800), batteries (£3k) and 3:1
reduction gearbox (~£300).
Additional FeaturesFree air conditioning (with the top down!).

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