It’s nearly ready to test drive – fire up the, err… batteries!
Last month we were balls deep in subframe and chassis work. But with that fairly sorted and the batteries and BMs now fitted, we can turn our attention to the charger, diff, controller and a few other bits.
We’ve also got rid of the back seats and as we didn’t think anyone would be silly enough to sit in the front passenger seat let alone in the back. So, they became the perfect location for the duel Tesla chargers and high voltage junction box.
We built a quick frame and got them bolted into place, and as we are master fabricators and double-checked all our measurements and dimensions they fitted perfectly. That gives us 22kw of charging per hour, which means our 16kw battery will be fully charged in less than 60 minutes. Pretty impressive, eh?
Let’s talk about the differential. Yes we have a Quaife diff sorted, but before we fitted that we thought why not have some real fun? Yep, you guessed it, we welded up the Tesla diff #firstintheworld. And there’s probably a reason for that – we are the only idiots that have ever wanted to do such an insane thing!
With the diff fitted it was time to sort out the controller. We got ourselves a rather nice blue one built; not that it will be seen, but we like making things look pretty. This controls the drive unit and gives us complete control over every setting with a simple WiFi log in. Who needs car keys!
So there you have it, we pretty much have the world’s first (and probably last) Tesla powered R32 Skyline. We can’t wait to get it on the road… well, I mean track and do some skids!
SPENT THIS MONTH
2x Tesla 11kw chargers with controller £4200
Welded diff £nowt
Drive unit control board £150
See previous ZERO EV TESLA POWERED R32 SKYLINE articles