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Old 05-19-2017, 11:32 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Mitsubishi engine swap: Ford Model T gets plug-in hybrid drivetrain

1917 Mitsubishi Model A

Are hybridized antiques becoming a thing?

Mitsubishi is marking 100 years of auto production by recreating its first car, with a twist.

There aren't any 1917 Mitsu Model A's around anymore, so they're using a Model T as the basis for the reconstruction, into which they're sticking the plug-in drivetrain from the Outlander hybrid.

The project is being done in California, and will be televised:

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The vehicle is being built at the West Coast Customs facility in Burbank, CA and will be completed this summer. The build will be featured on an episode of Inside West Coast Customs, which airs on the Velocity network, Tuesdays, 9 PM PDT/EDT.
Source: Mitsubishi Motors Partners with West Coast Customs to Re-Create the Car that Started It All 100 Years Ago - Mitsubishi Newsroom

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At this point, the Outlander has been stripped down to a skateboard and the “Model A” has pretty much been gutted to have its wooden structural components replaced with metal ones and receive some more reinforcement.
Source: West Coast Customs And Mitsubishi Are Doing The Engine Swap Of The Century

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Old 05-19-2017, 12:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sounds like a fun project.
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my inner purist is screaming.

But a cool idea
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It's not even a Front-engined, RWD setup...

Does anyone make a hybrid drivetrain that is?
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Yeah, I'm wondering whether they're going to just drop the T body on the modified Outlander chassis, or actually move the running gear into the T.

The donor SUV is AWD, by the way.

I think Toyota has a couple of RWD front engine hybrids. Their flagship Lexus sedan is, and I think there's a Lexus RWD hybrid coupe.

BMW & Merc also do PHEV RWD hybrids.

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