Icon has simply unveiled its 1949 Mercury Mercury Mercury Coupe on the SEMA 2018, however provides one other powertrain trade. The corporate has put in an electrical powertrain on this deserted Fiat 500 Giardiniera from 1966.
Icon's founder, Jonathan Ward, posted a video on YouTube to indicate the 500 electrical Giardiniera, which was in a somewhat mediocre state on the time of its creation. Ward mistakenly identifies the automotive as a 600 Giardinetta, but it surely's a 500 Giardiniera. As a be aware, Fiat plans to construct a brand new 500 Giardiniera with a design paying homage to the unique mannequin.
The consumer said that the inside smelled dangerous and the cladding was actually dangerous. The skin, nonetheless, was in excellent situation. Icon didn’t contact the outside and easily restored the cabin with new trim and new supplies through the electrical energy practice trade. Marine-grade vinyl provided rather more strong padding, and Icon needed to undergo your entire automotive to get rid of the standard squeaks and squeaks of Fiat that may solely turn into extra noticeable with out an inner combustion engine beneath the hood.
The client needed one thing rather more dependable than the usual 500 Giardiniera powertrain. Icon has due to this fact determined to go forward with a minimal upkeep battery and an electrical motor. The automotive makes use of six Tesla batteries for a complete energy of 30 kWh and a spread of about 120 km. To deal with the additional weight of the electrical powertrain, Icon has transformed the suspension into coil springs, strengthened your entire rear transaxle and upgraded the disc brakes. The transaxle stays unique, by Ward, however is now blocked in third gear. Thus, the powertrain offers the sleek electrical sensation that many drivers love.
Since there isn’t any want for gearshift, Icon has designed and created an age-appropriate dial to pick out Invert, Impartial or Drive. The ignition additionally features a push-button begin by way of a discreet black button mounted to the left of the steering wheel, whereas an electrical distance gauge mimics the automotive's unique speedometer.
Ward doesn’t know what energy the 500 Giardiniera was producing earlier than the commerce, however says that it now produces about 100 horses. He mentioned the outcomes are fairly spectacular, with plenty of acceleration and a zippy feeling.
Try the retro-modern Italian electrical automobile within the video above.