A classic art-deco hot rod was vaulted into the future with the heart of a Tesla that’s proved it’s possible to do such a complex rebuild, even when the technology may be constantly evolving. Boutique automaker John Ward and his custom shop Icon in Chatsworth, California, essentially took the shell of a ‘desert rat-style’ 1949 Mercury and replaced its gasoline engine with the dual electric motors and a Tesla Performance 85kWh battery pack. A rusted, ‘as-found’ body was used, while the powertrain and suspension and chassis were custom-made. The result was new life for the eye-turning Mercury, which ‘certainly feels fast off a stoplight,’ reports Jalopnik. This 1949 Mercury had its gasoline engine swapped out for dual electric motors and a Tesla Performance 85kWh battery pack by boutique automaker John Ward and his shop Icon in Chatsworth, California This 1949 Mercury in the illustration above shows the dual electric motors installed under the hood by boutique automaker John Ward and his shop Icon in Chatsworth, California One of the dual electric motors Icon installed into a 1949 Mercury hot rod is pictured above Ward replaced the Mercury’s V8 with an electric powertrain with a 400 horse power rating. The batteries had to be… Read full this story
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