Purists may be horrified by the thought of an electric Ferrari, but can speed win them over?
After thousands of hours of restoring and modernizing one of Ferrari’s luxury sports car, Californian Eric Hutchison accomplished the unthinkable and created the very first — and, as it turns out, fastest — electric 1978 Ferrari 308 GTS.
“I really was dying to know how this 308 compared to a stock 308,” Hutchison, of electric car conversion specialist Electric GT, tells CNN Supercharged.
“We had a professional driver drive both cars in a timed environment on the same track — about a mile and a half — and the professional driver did that lap in 1:26 with a gas Ferrari.”
Next up was Hutchison’s electric creation.
“The electric car absolutely decimated the gas car,” he says.
“Watching the professional driver off the line, the electric car left like a 25-foot burn out as he was just gripping for traction.”
The so-called 308 GTE finished the same track 10 seconds faster.