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    Classic conversion / #BMW-3.0CSi-E9 / #BMW

    With hybrid and completely electric cars becoming an ever more common sight on UK roads, it appears that the motoring public is taking this technology to heart and, as a result, the major manufacturers – including BMW – are channeling more and more investment into research and vehicle development.

    But it’s not only that mainstream vehicle producers what are starting to take this growing sector of the market seriously, things are developing in the independent sector, too. One company we heard of recently, Electric Classic Cars, specialises in the conversion of interesting cars to 100% electric power.

    Interestingly, the company is currently converting an #BMW-E9 / #BMW-3.0CSi which, as ECC partner Richard Morgan explains, is getting the full treatment. “The CSi has already undergone a complete, bareshell restoration, with multiple rust areas addressed and new battery mounting points welded into place.

    “The bodyshell is now being primed and sealed, ready for the first dry-build. The interior has been re-trimmed in black leather, and all the exterior shiny bits are away being re-chromed.

    The engine and gearbox have been sent to be 3D-scanned, so that we can design the adapter plate and coupler to allow the electric motor to bolt to the existing gearbox. The motor will be the same unit we used in a recent Porsche 911 conversion, which was powerful enough for a 0-60mph time of 7secs, in that car, combined with 220ft lb of torque from zero rpm.

    The battery pack will also be the same as that fitted to the 911 (54kWh), and all this should be enough to ensure similarly impressive performance and 200+-mile range in the CSi.”

    We hope to take a look at this fascinating conversion in a future issue but, in the meantime, you can find out more at: www.electricclassiccars.co.uk

    This #BMW-E9-Electric 3.0 CSi has undergone a complete bodyshell restoration at #Electric-Classic-Cars … … and the boot floor has been adapted to take the battery packs that will power the car’s 54kWh electric motor.
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