December 15, 2012

Mustang Makeover

My second car was a 1971 light green Mustang fastback, with a 427 cobra motor, automatic transmission, and it would flat out fly. Well not literally, but you get the picture. Ever since I got behind the wheel, felt the g-forces as I pressed on the accelerator, heard the roar of the dual exhaust, and as the area filled with the smoke released from the screeching rear tires, I knew I would be a mustang enthusiast forever.

I liked that car immensely, so I had to buy another. The other one was a 1969 Mach I with a 302, three-speed stick on the floor. It was no comparison to the 71’ though. Well enough about my stangs, let’s get on with what I am writing about.

There are many styles of the mustang, the Mach I, GT, GT 350, GT 500, Cobra, Boss, Roush, Saleen, Shelby, and the list goes on. They all have style, performance, agility, and that unmistakable roar of awesome power, that is sure to turn heads as it whizzes by.

So, being the mustang guy that I am, I was awed when I heard about a fully electric mustang. Imagine that, taking a high performance rocket, sticking in an electric motor and still call it a muscle car. I just had to check it out.

A California based company, “HST International and Tjaarda,” a design firm, have done just that, made two fully electric mustangs. One is the Tjaarda EVX Mustang, the other is the HST Shelby Cobra. Just the thought of it put a knot in my gut. How could it still be considered a muscle car when one of the enjoyments is the deep throated roar when you step on the gas. So being electric, that thrill has been lost.

Here are the specs, and boy was I surprised. They both use lithium iron phosphate battery packs, to juice up the 300 HP electric motor, which has an impressive 1000 FT/LBS of torque. A lot of gas-powered muscle cars don’t even have that much oomph. Charging times using 110v will take 8 hrs for a full charge, but if you decide to up the ante and use 220v, you can have a full charge in 3-½ hrs.

Now for the performance:

The Tjaarda EVX Mustang, has a top speed of 120 mph, 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, and a range of 110 miles on a charge. The HST Shelby Cobra, has a top speed of 150 mph, 0-60 in 3.2 seconds, and a range of 120 miles on a charge.

Now for the downside, the base price for the Tjaarda is $80,000 and the HST is a whopping $125,000. That’s a lot green for a green energy vehicle. The cost per mile will average you around 3 cents, but is it still worth the price tag? I guess if you’ve got the cash to spend it is.

These two ponies were showcased at the Toyota Grand Prix in Long Beach, California in mid April 2008. I was surprised that I did not hear about them until now. They were road ready and for sale.

In closing, basically they took the most popular muscle car in the country, put some green energy into it and still kept muscle car status. Way to go.


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