Let’s start with the headlines: 350km range. 2.5 seconds from 0-62MPH. 53 KWh capacity. 490 horsepower. One Million Euros. Yes, one million Euros. This electric 910 is actually expected to sell for more than an Ex-Works 910 sold for just a few years ago. That said, with just 29 genuine 910s produced, you’re unlikely to ever see yourself coming the other way.
Built in cooperation with EVEX, who began building 910 replicas in 1967, this car is aesthetically very true to the original. Though the resemblance to the original car is a large part of this 910E’s appeal, the technology underpinning this new model is very impressive.
While many electric cars opt for a single speed transmission, the Kreisel’s most novel new feature is a new 2-speed transmission developed for this application. The gearbox is a two speed automatic and features an 8.16:1 first gear and 4.67:1 second gear. Tesla’s production models to date have used single speed transmissions; a 9.73:1 unit in the Models S and X, and an 8.27:1 ratio unit in the now out-of-production Roadster.
The unique transmission has to withstand the instant torque from the 360Kw electric motor. The lightweight frame houses a 53KWh battery which accepts a 100kw charger, and Kreisel quotes a realistic range of 217 miles. The car is capable of feeding power back in to the grid, so your electric supercar can power your home in the event of an outage. Power is an impressive 490 horsepower and 568 ft.lbs. of torque; more than double the original car.
Though the 910E is technologically distinct from the original car, aesthetically the two are nigh-on indistinguishable. The only obvious visual clues to the car’s modernity are the mirrors and Fuchs wheels(the original would have used Magnesium centerlock wheels). Powerplant aside, the new car’s biggest difference from the original is weight. The new electric car weighs 2474lbs. This is about 700lb more than a standard 3.2l EVEX 910, or about 1,100lbs more than the original.
Kreisel has not provided photos of the interior, though considering the compact dimensions of the 910’s cockpit, it’s likely to be short on space and luxury. That said, as this car is based on a classic sports racer, neither of those things were in its original MO. Not even the Schuppan 962 managed to get over both of those fundamental issues of turning a pure racing car into a street car.
This is not Kreisel’s only electric car project, but it will be their first to enter production. Other current projects include an electric conversion of the Porsche Panamera 4S, plus conversions of the BMW 3-Series, Sprinter Van and several other vehicles. They have also worked with Arnold Schwarzenegger to create an electric G-Wagen and have tripled the range of Volkswagen’s E-Golf. Details are available on Kreisel’s website. Further details of the 910E project can be found here.