The Type 65 – SSI Racing

In a nutshell, this is the electric car that Steve McQueen would own. The Type 65 is a classic car in it’s own right, only 6 were built in 1964-65 and were called the Shelby Daytona Cobra Coupe, one of these original cars was discovered in 2001 after having been locked in a storage facility for 3 decades, it’s estimated worth is now a staggering $4,000,000 USD.

What the talented and friendly team over at SSI Racing has done is brought the Type 65 back from the grave and, in what I think is a remarkably clever move, they have opted to make it 100% electric. That’s right. This car is running an electric drive-train and has performance stats that would make a Prius slink off and hide. SSI Racing is currently producing 10 units per year, all handbuilt and pricing kicks off at $120,000 USD. That’s actually not bad considering you’ll never spend a dime on gas and the styling will never go out of style. So for slightly more than a Tesla you can have a jaw-dropper in the garage that will wipe the floor with any Ferarri that’s thrown at it. Not a bad deal at all.

Available with up to 1800ft/lbs of torque and 800bhp this may be the most balls-to-the-wall electric car currently in production for road legal purposes.

Specifications

0-60mph in 3.4 seconds (available down to 2.9 seconds depending on configuration)

100 mile range (available from 60-300 mile range depending on configuration)

300 hp at wheels (available from 250- 800hp depending on configuration)

Choice of color

Choice of interior

1000 ft/lbs of torque (available from 500- 1800 ft/lbs depending on configuration)

140 mph top speed

Touch screen or classic gauge package

Fully isolated charger

Qualifies for zero emission Drag racing or road racing.

Auto-leveling ridetech air suspension standard.

Founder’s Back Story

Magnum PI and Miami Vice were on TV and we were in the middle of a gas crisis. My friends were talking about how wonderful Ferraris and Lamborghinis were while I grew up on American muscle cars. I had just read an article on hydrocarbon fuel cells and had an idea. Take a classic muscle car, like a Dodge Chal- lenger, drop the fuel cell in with an electric drive train. Creating a car that could get 85 mpg while being able to crush exotics in the 1⁄4 mile. Then I found out how much it would cost…

Over the next 20 years I built a lot of things, including a device that spoke for children that couldn’t and a robot for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Grand Challenge. We made it to the Arizona off road test facilities for the quarter finals. The robot was a hybrid electric vehicle that we built out of steel and motorcycle parts. This experience gave me confidence and I started thinking about building my high school dream car…

Battery technology had advanced to the point where it was practical build my dream car. So I cashed out of a good job and began pursuing green technologies. I spent the next several months finding the sexiest classic American muscle car reproduction, going to school, talking to everyone I could, anywhere in the world, and doing a whole lot of math. Thus 2SSIC was born, a Zilla motor controller, a big DC motor (about 300 brake hp), lightweight batteries, a good stereo, and air shocks. We set a world record on our first time on a drag strip and haven’t looked back since!

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4 Comments

Sweet Jesus that thing is beautiful.

I can’t think straight right now, but I think I agree!

So crazy… very cool. I’m wondering what is this car doing right now… 1 year later.

Today, I went to the beachfront with my children. I found a sea shell and gave it to
my 4 year old daughter and said “You can hear the ocean if you put this to your ear.” She placed the
shell to her ear and screamed. There was a hermit crab inside and it
pinched her ear. She never wants to go back! LoL I know this is completely
off topic but I had to tell someone!


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