This Rat Rod Uses An Electric Motorbike’s Powertrain – And It’ll Light Up Its Rear Tires With Ease

Rat rods are traditionally powered by fuel-burning V8s that would make environmentalists shiver with anger. This one is a little different.

The following rat rod is owned by YouTuber Rich Rebuilds, who has made a name for himself as an electric powertrain expert best known for turning wrecked Teslas into fully-functional cars. Rich is an electric vehicle nut and wanted to put the 1930s rat rod he purchased on Craigslist to good use.

When he got it, it was powered by a Chevrolet 305 V8. As Rich says, this isn’t the most desirable of Chevy V8 engines and thought it would be a good idea to ditch it in favor of one that has a much greener footprint. A used motorbike from Zero Motorcycles was chosen for the project.

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Rich purchased the all-electric motorcycle at an auction for a very reasonable $3,200 but decided against simply restoring it and decided to take its electric motor and slot it into his rat rod.

Now, instead of a heavy V8 hanging in front of the cabin, there is a battery pack. And while there’s no denying the appeal of a V8 and purists might scoff at the idea of such a creation, the instant torque from the motorcycle’s electric motor means it can still spin up the rear wheels with ease and actually looks quite fast.

 

  • ONE THINGS FOR SURE, HE FIGURED OUT HOW TO RAKE IN THE CASH ON YOUTUBE.

    • Bash

      That is ONE thingS for sure.

      • Loquacious Borborygmus

        He forgot his ‘

  • It kinda triggers me, the white privlige guy dosen’t let the man with color drive it more…

  • NO, I WATCHED THE FIRST FEW MINUTES AND IT STARTED OFF WITH A COMMERCIAL. OTHER VIDEOS I’VE SEEN HAVE A COMMERCIAL IN THE MIDDLE TOO. THE DESCRIPTION HAS A LIST OF SPONSORS AND TO TOP IT OFF HE HAS A PATREON LINK. HE’S NOT VERY SUBTLE ABOUT IT.

  • Alexandro Pietro

    Drive above 186mph with tranquility and freedom!!!

  • freedomev

    As an EV person or one with access to Tesla EV drives, subframes , that MC drive certainly wouldn’t be my choice.
    While it might spin tires in 1st gear, it just doesn’t have the power to push this fast before things overheat, range drops drastically.
    It would be a good town car under 45 mph but that is about it as the range drops so fast above that, even at that speed range has dropped 50% vs 20mph.

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