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Published on June 30th, 2014 | by Chris Demorro

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The Carice Mk1 Is An Electric Tribute To The Porsche 356

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June 30th, 2014 by Chris Demorro
 

carice-mk1-3Out of Holland comes the Carice Mk1, a replica based on the classic look of the Porsche 356 with an electric drivetrain and a curb weight under 800 pounds. Just don’t expect much in the way of power or range; this replica is meant for cruising around town.

Powertrain options will be a 20 horsepower electric motor and a 54 horsepower model, though if you’re just looking to spoil the kids, a 5 horsepower “junior” model is also planned. So how does Carice keep the weight down? It uses a plastic body and a single backbone suspension, with the lithium-ion battery integrated into the chassis. Carice managed to achieve a near-perfect 50:50 weight distribution with the Mk1, and the cost for this hand-built replica will be about $36,000 when it goes on sale next year. A tiny range extender, and even a hydrogen-powered model are planned down the road.

Want one? Better hurry, as Carice only plans to build 10 or so of these electrified Porsche replicas.

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A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or esle, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.



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