Chevrolet partnered with the MotorTrend Group to unveil “Project X,” which is an electrified 1957 Chevy hot rod. That’s right, the original supercharged LSX V-8 was replaced with an electric motor producing an estimated 340 hp and 330 lb-ft of torque.
Now you may be asking why they would replace a perfectly good V8 engine? Well, the team is evaluating the battery for potential use as a next-generation Chevrolet Performance product. It has been developed around a modular concept that could eventually allow customers to scale the pack capacity based on range, cost, packaging and weight considerations. For Project X, its 400-volt proof-of-concept lithium-ion battery stores 30 kilowatt-hours of electricity, or just enough range for a quick weekend cruise.
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- This collectible car model features a large rear wing, 4 tailpipes, black spoked rims with low-profile tires, working steering and visible moving V8 pistons
Project X has always served the car community by pushing the envelope with groundbreaking technologies. As the auto industry shifts rapidly toward electric vehicles, this Project X build is just the latest in its celebrated legacy of adapting hot rodding to the powerful technology of tomorrow,” said Douglas Glad, group content director, MotorTrend Group.