Voitures Extravert makes an EV vintage Porsche 911

Donor cars and parts are brought back to life with electricity

The two Dutch entrepreneurs behind Voitures Extravert (VE) want to forestall the day when classic vehicles can't be driven through European city centers. Their method of doing so is by converting vintage Porsche 911 donor cars, from late Sixties models through to late Eighties models, into electric vehicles. The result is called either the Quintessenza SE if it's done with a pre-1974 911 body, or the Quintessenza TE when performed on a late Seventies or Eighties body.

VE doesn't dismember perfectly healthy Porsches for the job. The company salvages bodies and components from otherwise unusable 911s, saying there are about 150,000 examples of decommisioned donor cars worldwide with parts worth plucking. After restoring the bare frame, VE combines Carrera 3.2 mechanical running gear with EV motors powered by a 60-kWh battery. The company doesn't mention motor output, but says a Quintessenza will get from 0 to 62 miles per hour in under 6 seconds, has a range of 249 miles (400 km), and a top speed of 124 mph (200 km/h).

The perfectly sane performance specs fulfill a commitment to providing a driving experience authentic to the era; a 1984 911 Carrera got from 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds. It's possible that on-the-limit handling might surpass the good old days, though, because the Quintessenza stores its battery packs fore and aft to achieve a 50:50 weight distribution, and all models get power steering, ventilated disk brakes, and adjustable dampers. And air conditioning.

The price: 300,000 euro, roughly $370,000 at today's exchange rate. That includes the donor car, parts, the build, and a five-year, 62,000-mile warranty, only leaving out tax and any optional extras. Voitures Extravert will build five cars this year, all of which have been claimed by buyers already, 12 cars next year, and three per month in 2020 for potential owners in the EU and North America. By then, when European capitals have stuck internal combustion engines on pikes along the city walls as a warning to inhabitants, the Quintessenza driver can breeze on through. Silently.

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