This unique Tesla Model S V8 represents what aftermarket car modification houses are capable of. Customizing cars is a deep-rooted passion for a whole lot of enthusiasts and car shops across the globe. Admittedly, there have been some renowned custom car houses in the USA in the past including West Coast Customs. This latest modification comes from another prominent design house, Gotham Garage. It is in Temecula, California in the USA. The latest Netflix series has made it immensely popular. Let us take a look at the details of what they have created.
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383-Powered Tesla Model S V8
The 383 motor is the same engine which used to power the Chevy Camaro. That informs the performance credentials of this motor. It produces a healthy 436 hp and 602 Nm of peak power and torque. The custom shop installed this engine along with the entire drivetrain on a 2014 Tesla Model S. Now that is challenging on multiple counts. Firstly, EVs don’t have drivetrains like regular ICE cars as there is neither an engine nor transmission. Hence, to install this colossal V8 motor was no mean feat. But that is where their years of experience, skills and expertise came into the picture. Somehow, they are able to make it all work.
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They were quite ambitious with this project. For instance, they wanted the engine of the car to sync with the infotainment display. In this manner, it would display the parameters in the place which otherwise shows information like battery status and range. However, after trying hard, they were not able to do it. Looking at the exterior, they came up with an extremely intriguing wrap/paint scheme. They wanted it to look like the Hot Rod version. Hence, the graphics and visuals are quite rugged along with the modifications to the exterior like the low-slung body, wide body kit, redesigned alloy wheels, an iron rod beneath the side skirting, etc.
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Aftermarket car modifications excite us beyond measure. However, we must understand that it is critical to visit only professional and expert mechanics. When you are tinkering with the stock settings of any vehicle, things could easily go wrong if you are not careful. Therefore, it is advisable to consult the professionals alone. This is a brilliant case of how impressive the outcome could be if the mechanics are knowledgeable and passionate. Installing an entire drivetrain on an EV is an arduous task. To accomplish it so handsomely is a testament to the expertise Gotham Garage possesses. We shall keep an eye out for more such cases from across the globe.