- RBW EV Classic Roadster features body from new MGB spare parts
- Roadster has a 94-hp motor and a 160-mile range
- Cottage industry of EV converters is emerging alongside larger automakers
The automotive future previewed in the 1995 film Gattaca, where classic cars from the ’60s whoosh around almost silently, making only cool electronic noises, is one step closer to reality. U.K.-based RBW EV Classic Cars has just taken the wraps off a pre-production example of its MGB-style electric roadster.
That’s right: this isn’t a conversion of a vintage MGB to electric drive, but a new EV wearing a heritage body shell from British Motor Heritage. The battery sits under the hood while the electric motor is at the rear sending power to the rear axle. Not only does this achieve good weight distribution, but should also replicate the the original MGB’s rear-wheel drive dynamics. Silently, of course….