Cars and trucks of past decades have the appeal of being restored in workshops to return to their original state. In this line, some mechanics appeal to their skills as mechanics in a technique known as
hot rod, which allow to transform old classics into blidos with a renewed appearance and high performance for speed competitions.
With the arrival of the first
To the market, this technology has become an ideal resource for future transformations of old classic models. That was what GM did with a 1962 Chevrolet C-10 truck, which had a second hot rod-style life with the technology of a modern
Electric Chevy Bolt.
The second life of the electric pick-up, now called E-10, was presented by GM at the Fair of the Association of Special Equipment Markets in Las Vegas. The objective behind this initiative of the automaker points to the possible commercialization of battery systems and electric motors to boost any type of vehicle. In this way, the modification of cars with combustion engines with these kits could accelerate the electrification of the automotive fleet.
The renewed Chevrolet E-10 truck was equipped with the Connect & Cruise electric system, based on two 60 kWh battery packs in the box next to two engines designed by Chevy's engineering team. The adaptation allowed it to offer a performance of 450 horsepower and an acceleration of 0 to 100 kilometers per hour in five seconds.
"We are still in a testing stage, but this adaptation allows us to get closer to the possibility of offering electrical technology to hot rod mechanics," said Russ O'Blenes, a member of the Chevrolet Performace team.
GM is not the only one that bets on electric motors in this type of retro vehicles. Ford did its thing with a current model of
Camaro that could modify with an electrical system without major complications, while Jaguar evala revive the emblematic
E-Type with an electric system for 2020.