Before I came down to Florida, I found an interesting ad on the Austin EV Trading Post page talking about exotic car (Porsches, Lamborghinis, Rolls Royces) conversions, and that this person also had a Porsche 959 EV conversion for sale. I contacted this person, and asked about a test drive. He said that I’d be able to get a ride in it without a problem. Good enough for me. It happened to have one of the exact configurations that I was going to possibly use for the Lincoln LS EV conversion. It used a DC motor, which is cheaper then an AC motor setup. I’d heard an AC setup was “so much better” from some sources, and from others that it wasn’t that big of a deal.

Well, Sunday was the day I was able to find out for myself. We drove up to West Palm Beach, which was about 35 minutes away from Judy’s house. It ended up we went to this guy’s house. The house was pretty laughable. There was a Rolls Royce, and two Porsches in the front yard, but barely a driveway, and the house looked very run down. As it turned out, it was a design studio for their replica bodies for the conversions. In the garage was the 959, another 9xx series car, two Carerra GT style cars, and two Lamborghini Diablo style cars. We talked for a while, and then we went on a short trip. I was impressed by the performance of the car, as he started the car off in either 3rd or 4th gear, and it was still very acceptable acceleration. It was a little noisier then I expected, but overall, I think with the amount of insulation between the engine compartment and the passenger compartment, it’ll be fine.

So, off to saving 10k by using DC motors. :-)