1957 Porsche Speedster Replica1957 Porsche Model 356 Replica1957 Porsche Model 356 Replica 1957 Porsche Model 356 Replica 1957 Porsche Model 356 Replica
OwnerJack Rickard
Owner's Other EVs2009 Mini Cooper Clubman
1955 Porsche Spyder 550 Electric
1957 Porsche 356A
LocationCape Girardeau, Missouri United States map
Web/EmailWebPage email image
Vehicle1957 Porsche Model 356 Speedster
Special Edition, Ltd Reproduction
MotorNetgain Warp 9 Series Wound DC
DrivetrainNetgain Warp9 with Prostreet transaxle. Kept racing clutch.
Lightened flywheel to 9 lbs.
ControllerEvnetics Soliton1
1000 AMP 340V
Batteries57 CALB/Skyenergy SE-180AHA, 3.30 Volt, Lithium Iron Phosphate
Changed to 57 China Aviation Lithium Battery Company
180AH cells for 192 volts and 34560wH
System Voltage192 Volts
ChargerBrusa NLG511
120/240 vac 25 amp. This is a very programmable charger
which is key to managing the LiFePo4 batteries.
Unfortunately, these units are about $3500.
HeaterThree 1500 watt ceramic heat elements with blower under
DC/DC ConverterVicor Purpose Built
Three Vicor VI-251 bricks on aluminum heat sink for 13 volts
at 600 watts
InstrumentationMetricMind E-Vision. Working tachometer and speedometer.
Zeva2 Fuel Gage Driver
Top Speed130 MPH (209 KPH)
Range150 Miles (241 Kilometers)
Watt Hours/Mile225 Wh/Mile
EV Miles
Start:1,100 Miles (1,769 Kilometers)
Current:11,000 Miles (17,699 Kilometers)
Total:9,900 Miles (15,929 Kilometers)
    As of 2/5/2011
Seating Capacity2 adults
Curb Weight2,385 Pounds (1,084 Kilograms)
Batteries 718 lbs.

38/62 F/R distribution
TiresCord 165/R15 Whitewalls at 40 lbs.
Conversion Time6 months.
Conversion Cost$23,850 for original donor car.
Additional Features3-inch tubular steel chassis instead of pan. Fiberglass body.
Rear view camera license plate.
Tilt up stereo screen with GPS, Rear view camera, bluetooth, IPOD AM/FM DVD
All light bulbs LED
Headlights HID BI-XENON 6000K
J1772 Charging Port

Replaced IOTA55 DC-DC converter with home-built unit. Iota delivers 55amps, but
voltage drops to 8.5 volts. This device couldn't keep up with very minimalist 12v
electrical system. Entire car converter to LED bulbs except headlights (HID Xenon)
and the Iota still could not carry the water.

Built 800 watt unit using two VICOR 110vdc modules trimmed for 13.1 vdc.
Measured 80 amp output at 12.25vdc for over an hour- about 950 watts. Mounted
Vicor bricks on 9 inch square ribbed aluminum heat sink, with some 450vdc large
value caps on input and output, switch, LED indicator, etc. Vicor modules were $273
each, but quite worth it. This appears to solve the 12v aux power problem somewhat

05/30/2009. Added two more 4-cell batteries to pack by mounting on TIVAR boards
over existing batteries in rear engine compartment. Extended range to 85 miles and
pack energy to 23,332 wHr. System voltage now 120v with a little higher RPM on
highway to 90 mph.

On 6/7/2009, we achieved a driving distance of 161 kilometers (100 miles) on a
single charge. This did take the batteries to a more or less completely discharged
state. We've settled on a recommended maximum range of 85 miles for the vehicle
with the two additional batteries.

6/20/09 Replaced motor cooling air fan and duct with more compact version using
two 12v 125 cfm fans and aluminum shrouding to cool both the DC-DC converter
and motor with less ducting.

09/15/09. Added relay to DC-DC converter to turn it on/off with ignition switch.

10/10/09 Replaced tires with original style 165R15 Wide Whitewall. Narrower tread,
larger diameter, harder rubber - increased range to 107 miles in one run.

Rebuild done December 2010/January 2011. Installed new model Netgain Warp 9 with
New Prostreet 3.44R&P Transaxle and EVnetics SOliton1 controller. 57 CALB 180AHA
cells. J1772 charge port. New battery belly pan holds 11 additional cells underneath.
Results - 190kw power and 150 mile range.

code by jerry