Volkswagen Karmann Ghia

Volkswagen

1968 Karmann Ghia

Price

£28,000 to £38,000

This exact car was £28,000.

Built Q1 2023.

       This Californian import Karmann Ghia was bought over to the UK just a couple of years ago, once it arrived it underwent a full interior and exterior restoration before being sold to its current owner. Sounds great, but there was a catch, it had an original semi-automatic gearbox in it which made it virtually undriveable, much to the frustration of its owner. Now it is powered by Tesla batteries and a HyPer9 motor, mounted to a manual race spec gearbox, finally a Karmann Ghia with performance to match its striking looks!

Acceleration (0-60)

7 Seconds

Power

120 Horsepower

Range

90-100 Miles

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Volkswagen

1968 Karmann Ghia

Specifications

Electric ConversionOriginal Petrol Engine
Power120 Horsepower60 Horsepower
Acceleration (0-60mph)7 Seconds22 Seconds
Emissions03.7 Tonnes of CO2 per annum
Battery 26.5kWh
Charging7kW AC Charging
Range90-100 Miles

Drivetrain:

  • Specialist EV conversion motor, the Netgain Hyper9, mounted to an upgraded 4-speed manual gearbox.
  • Original clutch and flywheel maintained, allowing for gear changes if desired.
  • City/countryside driving uses 3rd gear exclusively, A-Road/motorway driving uses 4th gear, launches use 2nd gear.

Battery Pack:

  • 26.5kWh of Tesla Model S batteries used, this consists of five modules.
  • Two battery modules mounted in front (where the fuel tank was), three batteries mounted behind the rear seat, no batteries mounted in the rear.
  • Batteries are wired in series, producing 120 volts nominal, they are water cooled and monitored using state of the art battery management systems.

Charging:

  • Charging is possible from any EV charge point, as well as from a 3-pin plug at home.
  • Standard AC charging allows for a 4 hour full charge.
  • Charging from a 3-pin plug allows for a 10 hour full charge.

Further Information:

  • Regenerative braking input controlled by brake pedal.
  • Better weight distribution than original, improving all aspects of handling.
  • Fuel gauge swapped for custom made state of charge meter, replicating the original design.
  • Fully reversible powertrain design.
  • Built: Q1 2023
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