We’re entering new territory here! Porsche has just introduced the first of likely many electric cars in its Taycan, and it probably won’t be long until we have a hybridized 911 in dealer showrooms. It’s time we got with the program and see how this electric propulsion stuff works first hand. We’ve had “Project Boxster Clubsport” for a few years, and it’s been dormant for the last two trips around the sun. I’ve done some work on the car, and it’s been driven a quick trip here and there, but it has mostly been laying in wait. Now I’m going all in on the Boxster that has been sitting for far too long. This month I’ve been working on sourcing the car’s eventual electric heart in the form of a used Nissan Leaf motor. We’re ready to start cutting and welding and mounting stuff.
In case you haven’t seen where the project has been in the past, here are links to every installment.
Part 1 – Introduction
Part 2 – GT3-Style Center Console Delete
Part 3 – LED license plate lights
Part 4 – Headlight Polishing
Part 5 – Tail Light Tinting
Part 6 – Emblem Delete and Paint Correction
Part 7 – Lightweight Battery
Part 8 – Short Shift Kit Installation
Part 9 – Lightweight Audio
Part 10 – Big Brakes, Spacers, and Wheel Studs
Part 11 – Wheels and Michelins
Part 12 – Parking Lot Damage
Part 13 – Flares and Paint
Part 14 – Interior Door Handle Update
Part 15 – Non-Smoker Kit
Part 16 – Stiffer Sway Bars
Part 17 – Momo Steering Wheel
Part 18 – H&R Sport Spring Installation
Part 19 – Adjustable Rear Toe Control Arms
Part 20 – Rear Suspension Braces
Part 21 – How Does It Drive?
Part 22 – Aborted Revival
Part 23 – Starting Again
Part 24 – Buying An Electric Motor
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There are a number of projects that we have already completed which were not documented properly with before and after weights. For example, the convertible top is long gone because I have a garage and the weather here in northern Nevada is always sunny. Another example? Surely the airbag steering wheel weighed a good bit more than our Momo wheel installation, but we neglected to record that data, as well. Once everything is removed from the car that we can get to, we’ll make sure to put it on a proper set of scales to see exactly where we stand.
In the photograph above, you see the first round of weight stripping. The mechanical metal tonneau cover over the back half of the convertible top was ditched, as well as everything over the engine cover, the door panels, side windows, the mechanical spoiler, the convertible top motors, and a bunch of hardware. Everything in the bin on the right added up to 45 pounds. The convertible lid and associated motors totaled 38 pounds. That insulated carpet piece above the engine cover and its associated zippered glove box? That’s another 24 pounds!