Tesla, Volt parts in a kit car are almost too much

Tesla-Volt-kit car mutt gets smoking quarter-mile time in first trial.

It's a mutt, but it's a mean little mutt. Ottawa-based auto tuner Eurodyne, working with Tapp Auto, built a Factory Five 818 kit car using Tesla performance-drive units and Chevrolet Volt battery packs. That combination may strike some as "apples plus oranges," but the partnership was fruitful enough to generate stellar performance figures.

To wit: the 2,500-pound kit car delivers 420 horsepower. Thanks to the powerful Tesla drive units drawing power from Volt batteries that offer a higher discharge rate, the car is so torquey that its quarter-mile testing required "partial power" through the first eighth of a mile to avoid excessive tire-smoking."Eurodyne Chris" was kind enough to post a one-minute video of the exercise.

In the end, the car turned in a quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds at 115 miles per hour. To put that into context, a Tesla Model S P90D in Ludicrous Mode was recently clocked at 10.8 seconds for the quarter mile, according to Electrek. And the kit car's time comes in at just a hair slower than a stock Dodge Challenger Hellcat's and a little quicker than a Tesla Model S P85D. Eurodyne says it's still working out the kinks, which we imagine will be quite fun.

Them nutty Canadians aren't the first to combine Tesla and Volt parts in the name of drag-racing glory. Jason Hughes, also known as the "Tesla Hacker," started working on a 1,000-horsepower battery-electric car this summer that melds a Tesla powertrain (with performance-drive units in both the front and back) with Volt battery packs, according to Electrek. Hughes says the car may have a single-charge range of as far as 150 miles. Assuming the tires last that long, that is.

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