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Slideshow: Bloodshed Adds Electric Muscle to Vintage Performance Cars

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Elizabeth M
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Elizabeth M   7/21/2014 4:48:46 AM
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That's such a cool story, NadineJ. I love how people you wouldn't think would be green-energy champions are starting to get on board with this and truly making a difference.

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RICKZ28   7/18/2014 12:13:33 PM
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Charles, I think a better option would be to use one of the ordinarily equipped cars from the American muscle car era, as the value and collectability of the regular cars is nowhere near that of the special high-performance models of much lower production.  Such cars are commonly used to replicate the high-performance versions, but don't command high values and collectability since they not the real thing.  They can be fun driving cars though since not so valuable, so an electric drive could be very desirable.

I recently saw a car show on TV where an old 1960's VW bug had the ICE replaced by an electric motor.  Besides the motor change, the rest of the car had to be restored since it stated as a junker.  The result was a VW Bug that was phenomenally quick, smooth, and very quiet...refuel by plugging into a standard electrical socket.  I imagine some VW purists would not agree that was a good idea to alter the car from original.

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/17/2014 7:32:55 PM
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I actually admire the entrepreneurial spirit behind this idea, AREV. You're right that electrics could be great, but they aren't there yet. More battery research is sorely needed. In the meantime, I think this is a cool, harmless idea. 

Charles Murray
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Charles Murray   7/17/2014 7:29:31 PM
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Excellent point, RICZ28. One point I neglected to mention in the article was the fact that the company told us "everything in the car is additive." In other words, Bloodshed does not permanently butcher the car -- everything that's done in the conversion can be undone.

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RICKZ28   7/17/2014 6:15:32 PM
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Converting any valuable old American muscle car to electric drive would truly ruin any real value the car has attained.  The maximum value of those wonderful cars is when they are the most factory stock, and un-restored is even more valuable.  Most of the Hot Rod versions that were modified are not worth nearly as much money as bone stock.  Did you ever attend or watch on TV the auctions of old American muscle cars?  Cars like 1970 Dodge Hemi Challenger's have sold for more than $1 million.

Owning those cars is not about going fast, it's about owning an old powerful American muscle car, including everything that goes with it...the noise, vibration, smell of un-burnt gas, lack of modern day creature comforts and electronics, etc.  I suspect the same is true for any old collectable car (such as old Ferrari or Porsche)...original condition rules for desirability and value.

Still, I suppose some wealthy folks will have the money to convert an old car to electric drive.  It will be a novelty that people will look at, but won't be accepted as a true muscle car or be a collectable car.

William K.
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For a real dragster, quarter-mile car, SUPERCAP!!
William K.   7/17/2014 5:33:47 PM
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The ultimate electric dragster would use a supercap stack that is much lighter. Just like the venturi-boosted hemi, which used a scuba bottle for the boost, the capacitor stored racer would need to recharge after the run. But if all you need is 3500HP for 3.5 seconds then they would be a good source. And for those short trips cooling will be a bit less of an issue, although it will still matter. And if they get rid of the battery weight then there would be a chance to add all-wheel drive. Just imagine 4 tires smoking down the tarmack! Or a 4-wheel burn-out. That car would be a show all by itself.

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Cabe Atwell   7/17/2014 3:36:51 PM
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Yikes! Another car for the wealthy... $200k?

Despite the lack of funds, I think I deserve this car.

C

 

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shrimper53   7/17/2014 3:33:14 PM
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A very novel concept ....clearly not within the reach of us mere financial mortals.  Though I've never owned a muscle car, I love vintage cars in general for their singular styling and character.  I spent my college days in an awesome stock '51 Chevy pickup, which I still have.

That said, having spent my entire working career in the transportation noise field, my major lament is that with such alterations, where is that unmistakable, thundering SOUND of that 424 Hemi, or 427 under the hood???  It just wouldn't be the same.   I have the same reaction to the idea of an electric Harley Hog....   The SOUND is part of the overall experience.  Do people go to the drag strip to just see the top-fuel or funny cars streak down the 1/4 mile with nothing but a wooosh and a lot of tire smoke??

Very cool article as always from Design News.  Keep it up!

  

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NadineJ   7/17/2014 11:41:08 AM
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I agree Elizabeth, She opened one of the first independent garages in the city that worked exclusively on hybrids years ago.

I met her at the Green Festival well over a decade ago. The owner of a local motorcycle shop brought in an electric motorcycle to show and raffle off. He's definitely a motor-head, right down to the greying goatee and tattoos. We all bonded as alternative energy geeks. Surprisingly few people were interested in the electric motorcycle back then.

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AREV   7/17/2014 10:16:36 AM
Here we go again - Let's take your favorite car and stuff it w/ electrics. Did Henery Ford take a winning horse and put wheels on it? Electrics need to make a market that only electrics can fill. Duh. Electrics act like an abused step son trying to gain favor. What a waste when they could be a great thing. Let's have some imagination.

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