Many of them have found that it is a lot easier to swap a vehicle's existing internal combustion engine with batteries and electric motors than to repair and restore it. Sure, that may bring the value of the classic down a bit, but it is an effective way of giving old cars a new life.
The same reasoning is what laid the foundation for a number of startups in the same business to come to light in recent years. So did a crew called Sacrilege Motors, for instance, born in 2020 with a specific goal in mind: "create the most captivating EV-conversion Porsche 911s available."
The group's main focus falls on Porsches produced from 1974 to 1994, which go through careful restorations and conversion to EV drive. Or should we say will go, as the company's first-ever such machine was just announced.
The car is a 1992-model year 911 America Roadster. Just to remind you, that's a limited edition version of the 911 of which just 250 were made in 1992 and 1993 for the American market only. Initially, the car was powered by a 3.6-liter flat-six engine that cranked out some 250 hp and was linked to a Tiptronic transmission, but that's no longer the case.
Just like other crews in this business are doing, Sacrilege chose to fit a Tesla Model S motor under the Porsche. It was not left as stock, but modified to deliver double the output of the car's original engine, 500 hp. Torque levels stand at 500 Nm, also about twice as much as they originally did, and enough to push the car from a standstill to 60 mph in under four seconds.
The motor pulls its power from a 62 kWh battery pack that's good for about 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge.
Tipping the scales at 3,200 lbs (1,451 kg), the Porsche retains the same weight distribution as it originally did, meaning there is no change in how the car feels and reacts when driven. A limited-slip differential is on deck, and so are race shocks front and rear. Stopping power is supplied by Brembo hardware.
The car will be shown for the first time in front of a live audience on August 20, during the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. It's not for sale and how much it cost to put together is not known, as it was made on order for a specific customer, but it does show what this Sacrilege Motors crew is capable of.
The Tesla Model S-powered 1992 Porsche 911 was nicknamed by its owner Blackbird and yes, that's a name inspired by the SR-71 reconnaissance aircraft. And also fitting, given the blackness of the thing.