Your EV Can Now Look Like It Has a V-8 Under The Hood

An electric motor that looks like V-8. Ultimate nostalgia or ultimate absurdity?

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It’s obvious that EVs are becoming more and more mainstream and this even extends to project cars and various builds. Of course, an electric motor is not as exciting to look at as a powerful internal combustion engine, which is why Canadian company, Webb Motorworks has developed a way for the buzzing powerplants to look like a classic V-8 engine.

Your EV Can Now Look Like It Has a V-8 Under The Hood
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The Canadian company has developed a series of designs for the electric motors, which were displayed at the 2021 SEMA Show. Currently, three different V-8 designs are available – small block, flathead, and HEMI. The guys at Webb Motorworks say more designs will be available in the future, including a V-12. We might even see a couple of inline-six designs and even a rotary at some point.

Moreover, Webb Motorworks say it’s a simple “plug and play” procedure, meaning all of the electric motor designs can be dropped straight into the corresponding chassis, by utilizing the stock engine mounts. Webb – the founder of the company – says you can probably install the entire drivetrain within a weekend.

Your EV Can Now Look Like It Has a V-8 Under The Hood
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In terms of power output, it ranges from 250 to 375 horsepower, combined, depending on customers’ requests, with peak torque at 516 pound-feet (700 Nm). That said, the V-8-styled electric motors do not come with everything. You will have to use your own exhaust manifold and carburetors, to complete the classic look.

While electrification has become a part of the tuner world, an electric motor, impersonating a V-8 could be viewed as something of a travesty, by some of the hardliners. On the other hand, there are those who have already embraced electrification and would love the hint of nostalgia Webb Motorworks brings to the table. One thing is certain, these will be the most silent “V-8 engines” you will ever see.

Source: TopGear

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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