So far, no one has completed a conversion like this successfully

We’ve seen a lot of internal combustion-engined cars converted to electric cars. It isn’t as complicated as going the other way round. In fact, no one has successfully managed to convert an EV to a fuel-powered vehicle ever… until now. Rich Rebuilds, the YouTuber known to work on discarded, damaged Teslas, is here with a ridiculous project that no one has ever finished – plonking an internal combustion engine in a Tesla. But, Rich is on the verge of achieving it by swapping the electric powertrain with a V-8 engine.

The World's First V-8-Swapped Tesla Model S Is In The Works
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Rich Benoit has converted many cars to EVs in the past. This includes a battery-powered rat rod and an electric Mini, too. However, this time around he has tasked himself with a project that’s deemed impossible so far. Now, converting an EV to a fuel-powered car isn’t a simple swap as you have a lot more moving parts come in. You have a flat skateboard platform and no transmission tunnel, and a lot of bits that will have to be custom-fabricated to allow this project to end successfully.

The car in question is a base Tesla Model S 75 that will be powered by a 6.2-liter, V-8 LS engine sourced from a decade-old Camaro. It makes 426 ponies, which would be an upgrade over the Model S’ 382 horsepower in pure numbers.

The World's First V-8-Swapped Tesla Model S Is In The Works
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The V-8 will be mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Rich says the reason to pick the LS-engine is the availability of spare parts over the years and the level of customization that’s possible with it.

Check out the video to go through the tricky process that resulted in three cars getting killed for the parts, and share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
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