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franken-ev, nsu prinz powered by tesla.

Discussion in 'Electric Conversions' started by jerjozwik, May 15, 2017.

  1. jerjozwik

    jerjozwik Active Member

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    figured i should start a build thread here!

    a while ago i bought a 196x's nsu prinz for about $400 including shipping. since then i struggled to find a power plant that could fit into its tiny bones. then my wife got her fit ev, and i a fiat 500e. it was now clear, i would start an ev conversion.
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    so now i had a good plan, get some CALB 180Ah batteries and shove them around here and there and everywhere.
    then i decided to check out what i got myself into.

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    thats the rear hub. a silly y plate that bolts on mounted to a swing axle. not an ideal arrangement. so rather then dealing with finding parts for a hyper rare car i went with what i know, miatas.

    found a friend of mine who was parting out his old racecar and pillaged it for parts.
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  2. jerjozwik

    jerjozwik Active Member

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    building out a new chassis and mounting a suspension correctly is a bit above my pay grade, so i enlisted the help of moti at blackbird fabworx. ive known moti for a long time and when i told him what i was planing he was both afraid and excited. so dropped off the car and we talked a lot about how we were going to go about this.

    picked up a HPEVS ac-51 motor and a smart ev transmision. but... it turned out the smartev transmission was too large for the car so a quick call to ev west and we got a VW transaxle to mount onto the motor.
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    so now that was sorted i was now on the hunt for tiny little wheels that could mount onto the miatas hubs. thank god for honda civic dragracers.
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    last was finding some seats which i stole from my broken supercharged miata racecar...
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    EV-lutioin Active Member

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    Quite a project! Looks like fun, can't wait to see progress. You are making a video, I hope?
     
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    jerjozwik Active Member

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    ruff layout for how the motor transmission and batteries will sit within a shortened miata subframe.
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    ripping out the old stuff...
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    and now for the fun part, moti just updated me on the progress today. he is well into crafting the chassis.
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    here we are looking from the front of the car to the rear where the motor will be mounted. in those rectangular voids will sit 8 smart ev tesla modules. with room for another 4 should the range or power not be enough.

    close ups of front and rear suspension mounts.
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    and now, the cutting!
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    another update.

    how the batteries will be sitting. space for 12 smart ev tesla modules.
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    front hood area.
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    behind seat with roll cage mock-up.
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    front
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    wheels on just for fun. fenders require cutting for the car to sit on the ground with those wheels.
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    box of batteries...
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