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Ferrari 308 GTS restored with new electric drivetrain

Electric GT has produced, what it claims to be, the first fully electric Ferrari. Dubbed the 308 GTE, it’s based on a salvaged 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS.

The electrified Ferrari features three 75kW electric motors with a total driveshaft output of 447Nm. Drive is sent to the rear wheels via a five-speed Porsche G50 manual transmission that’s been mounted upside down and backwards.

In terms output, the electric 308 is up considerably on the 1978 US-market 308 GTS, which had a carbureted 2.9-litre V8 rated at 177kW of power and 243Nm of torque.

Supplying the motors is a 28.5kWh lithium-ion battery pack that’s claimed to have a driving range of around 130km (80mi). The Electric GT team is reportedly working on a more powerful 75kWh option that will give the 308 GTE a range of about 320km (200mi).

Despite the fact that the restored Ferrari is carrying around a heavy battery pack, the 308 GTE weighs just 1520 kilograms, or around 46kg more than the original 308 GTS.

The 308 GTE rides on refurbished 18-inch BBS forged alloy wheels, and is said to have a top speed of 251km/h. No performance numbers have been quoted for the 0-100km/h or 0-60mph standards.

Published: Thursday, May 5, 2016

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