1969 EV Baja
OwnerBen Hempstead
LocationEdmonds, Washington United States map
Vehicle1969 Volkswagen Beetle
Mild streetable EV Baja Bug
MotorHPEVS AC50 3-Phase AC
DrivetrainHPEVS AC50 mated to race-built Type 1
transaxle with custom ratios (4.25 first
gear), 5.86 R&P, Super-diff,
Stage II 2100lb clutch and balanced
aluminum flywheel. Stock axles and CVs joints
(so far)
ControllerCurtis 1238
Liquid cooled
Batteries8 Panasonic Smart-Tesla modules, 57.00 Volt, Lithium-Ion
System Voltage126 Volts
ChargerElcon PFC2500
Heater1500/3000W Canadian EV with 3-speed fan
DC/DC ConverterElcon ECDC-MV
InstrumentationVerizon 4G LTE 8" Asus tablet running Waze
Xantrex LinkPro
Curtis Spyglass
Top Speed75 MPH (120 KPH)
Set up for rock crawling and intermediate
mountain wheeling. Also does pretty well
at RallyCross.
Range70 Miles (112 Kilometers)
70 around town, 60 on the freeway. Pretty
draggy. Super quick off the line.
EV Miles
Current:9,000 Miles (14,481 Kilometers)
Seating Capacity4 adults. Snug in the back!
Curb Weight2,050 Pounds (931 Kilograms)
Heavy steel bumper, rear cage, tree bars.
Steel wheels and big tires add weight.
Disc brake conversion is heavy compared to
stock. Boxed trailing arms, gusseted front
suspension. 60 lbs of sound mat in the body
and pan. Heavy version of the Mark V body kit.
TiresFront (street) Firestone Winterforce
Rear (street) BFG KO2
Race MaxSport RB3D2 185/65R15
White steel Baja Star wheels 15x6 front
15x8 rear
Conversion Time7 months for body-off restoration and
Conversion Cost$32k in parts including donor car, restoration,
conversion to Baja, and EV conversion
Additional FeaturesMark V Fiberglass Bugeye Baja kit
Adjustable, hook and bar front suspension
Boxed rear trailing arms
Urethane bushings
4-wheel disc brakes by CB Performance
Proportional valve
Steering/cutting brake
Custom roof rack
Custom dash
Aluminum door and quarter panels
180W LED light bar
Sunpie LED headlights
Custom LED taillights
This car was a fun winter project for my kids and me. It's
quiet, smooth, and reliable and quicker than the original engine
which I traded for a custom 110/240V J1772 charge cable.
Took 4th in class (Mod R) at RallyCrossFest 2018 at
Dirtfish. 2nd in Class Oct 27 RX @ Spirit Peaks.

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