If you've been following the MINI Clubman conversion undertaken by Jack Rickard and Brian Noto of EVTV, you're aware that the BMW is now electrified and almost ready for the road again. Not one to allow his hands to become the Devil's tools, Jack has already begun preparations to return to the automotive ambrosia that is the '57 Porsche 356A Speedster (replica) with a new project that is simultaneously more and less ambitious than his original red roadster. More ambitious because he's aiming to significantly improve on that initial effort, using different components that have only more recently become available. Also, he's working with Special Editions Inc., the maker of this Porsche-like platform, to enable them to supply a more EV-builder-friendly variant and hopefully start a revolution. Less ambitious for some of the same reasons. The previous build has given them an intimate knowledge of the chassis, and through their conversations with its makers, the new "roller" already incorporates most of the changes Rickard believes will make the new car both easier to work with and give a superior performance when completed.
So what modifications have been made? To start, the area under the hood now lacks a gas tank but includes a battery box specifically sized for the lower-cost lithium cells currently on the market while under the trunk lid, space has been made for additional battery boxes. Other noteworthy changes include a 3.44 ring and pinion set as well as an altered gear ratio in the transaxle that should allow the motor to stay below 3,200 revolutions per minute where it keeps its best torque delivery and also help it reach the original vehicle's top speed of 110 miles per hour. To see the rest of the mods and listen to Rickard lay the foundation of this new build series, hit the jump for video of the first half-hour episode in three parts.