NEBULA


the car

A white 2005 Ford Taurus SEL. One of the more common cars on the road today.

A proof of concept. The goal is to convert this one for UNDER $2,000 USD. More realistically, the costs will probably run up to 5,000 total. Most of the parts have like 300 dollar shipping costs, which is like WTF.

The vehicle was purchased running and driving with a Salvage Auction title for $300 USD.

I will be using www.openinverter.org to hack the motor.


The CHECKLIST

  • Drop the engine
  • Drop the gas tank
  • Nissan Leaf Motor = $400 (300 shipping)
  • Motor Controller = $400 - $1000
  • Adapter plate
  • Wiring Harness
  • Batteries = $1000 - $2000
  • Re-jigger the dash console
  • Charger
  • Charging Socket

THE OBJECTIVE

I would like a primary fully electric, daily driver, commuter vehicle - that doesn't cost a bajillion fucking dollars, and that will double-up as the most unassuming sleeper you'll ever see.

but What is a sleeper?

A "sleeper" is a car that looks normal, but can absolutely and positively outperform anything in its class. People mainly build them as a gimmick - but they can also be used to SWINDLE the unsuspecting race track betting crowd. But I don't gamble - never have.

They're extremely fun to drive, but they don't draw the same type of crowds as F1 cars or extremely aero'd track cars.