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Iconic Steve McQueen Porsche 910 Transforms Into Electric Car With Tesla-like Speed

By Edge Ison , Apr 07, 2017 04:17 AM EDT
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One of the most iconic cars in history is the Porsche 910. It was the very same car the late Hollywood legend Steve McQueen drove in the racing film "Le Mans". Car lovers now have the opportunity to be like the "King of Cool" and drive around in an electric car version of the Porsche 910.

Kreisel Electric, a small startup company founded by three Austrian brothers, is working on the limited edition Porsche EVEX 910e and transforming the gas-fuelled sports car into an electric car. The Porsche 910 used by the Kreisel brothers, Philipp, Markus, and Johann, is a replica manufactured by EVEX Fahrzeubgau.

The project involved fitting the Porsche 910 with components that will transform it into an electric car. Not only did the Kreisel brothers succeed in turning the classic gas guzzler into an electric sports car, they even successfully made it run as fast as the fastest Tesla car. The new electric Porsche 910 sports an electric motor capable of 490 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque which allowed it to speed up from 0 to 100 kph or 60 mph in just 2.5 seconds. It also has a top speed of 186 mph. Best of all, the electric Porsche 910 is licensed for use on public roads.

According to Bloomberg, the original Porsche 910 was also fast. In fact, it finished sixth in the 15th World Sportscar Championship. The McQueen starrer where he drove the Porsche 910, was based on the 24-hour long race held in 1967.

The Kreisels, who have dubbed themselves "E-Mobility Maniacs", work inside a three-door garage located in Freistadt which is around 200 kilometers from Vienna. This is where they build drivetrains, battery packs and other components for their electric vehicles such as cars, boats, and planes. It is also here where they conduct test runs for their projects. Kreisel Electric is fast gaining some fans for its work. In fact, it was commissioned by actor and former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to make him an all-electric Mercedes G-Class. According to Digital Trends, the reworked Porsche 910 debuted at the Techno-Classica car show held in Essen, Germany.

The Porsche 90 is not the only iconic car driven by the equally iconic McQueen to make some noise in recent weeks. About a month ago, the 1968 Ford Mustang used in McQueen's "Bullitt" was finally found rusting away in a Mexican junkyard.

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