Some video is here, though it's nothing pretty (though there's a nifty bit showing the axles and suspension in action): https://www.instagra.../p/CCfGiEoH2XV/
First time out of the garage in like a year...
Just watched it on Insta brilliant 👍
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Posted 15 October 2020 - 05:52 PM
Good to find your build on here. Hope all is well out west. Curious, being that I'm not to hip on EV stuff, I have one customer looking at using our frame kit with D-series trans and adapter plate:
Something like this:
With maybe a 9" motor like this:
Curious if you have any input on the difference between that and a leaf setup.
Glad your on the road. Have fun!
Posted 15 October 2020 - 06:46 PM
That setup will cost quite a bit more, but won't require as much fabrication. This is a valid enough reason, as it took a great deal of time and care to get the Leaf motor positioned and mounted up. It also avoids getting $1,500 custom axles or fabbing those too. I suspect you'll still need a way to support the rear of the electric motor, though that's not so critical.
A benefit to using a Honda gearbox is that MiniTec sells a rear subframe for AWD applications using a CRV differential. Considering a FWD electric Mini's acceleration is limited by traction...that would be a pretty wicked car. It would add several hundred pounds of weight, and you'd certainly have to give up both the rear seat and boot.
With a Leaf motor and 22kWh battery pack (44 Leaf modules), the car will spin a set of Yokohama A032Rs at 30mph, so like...there's no great torque benefit to the gearbox. That said, my car tops out at 70mph due to gearing. It currently sits at 1,650lb, with 56% up front.
If I were gonna do it again I'd probably try and modify the stock subframe or get a bit crazy and put a motor in the rear. That said, if I could buy a subframe I could bolt a Leaf motor into, I'd go that route for sure, especially since the chassis wouldn't need to be cut. Throw in a simple bracket to mount the inverter, coolant pump, and little 12V battery and you've got a conversion easy enough for any shade-tree mechanic. I'd build another one—this car is extremely fun, even just puttering around in city traffic.
Edited by Tremelune, 15 October 2020 - 06:47 PM.
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