Tesla Powered Shelby Cobra 427 Replica Race Car with Kia Soul EV battery Pack. e AC/Shelby Cobra is the poster-boy of kit cars. The iconic design makes this vehicle one of the most easily recognizable in the world, but knowing what lies under the hood is a completely different proposition. They built the chassis and frame from scratch, used the moldings of a 427 Shelby Cobra to create the fiberglass body panels and then slid in the serious stuff: the Tesla Model S P85 electric motor and a Kia Soul EV battery pack.
If the Tesla performance motor is no surprise (it’s rated at 310 kW – 421 hp – and 600 Nm – 442 lb-ft), the choice for a battery pack might. There doesn’t seem to be anything particularly remarkable about the Kia Soul EV, and yet its power reserve has a very important characteristic.
It turns out that at 400 pounds (181 kg), the 30 kWh pack is the most energy-dense in the in industry, thus becoming the best choice for keeping alive the true spirit of the vehicles that wore this body. It’s too early for any performance figures, but since the car is built for racing, maximum range won’t be a huge factor.