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Old 10-02-2015, 06:32 PM   #101 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by freebeard View Post
cRiPpLe_rOoStEr -- The Lexus/Highlander 3rd member is three orange cable in and axle drive flanges out, so it's perfect for pure electric conversions, but a hybrid would have to be through-the-road.
I was referring to the HSD, but not specifically to the all-electric rear differential. I was thinking about the setup out of a Prius c, but with its 1.5L 4-pot getting replaced by a single-cylinder 0.5L 2-stroke.


The title of this pic is Screen shot 2013 03 27 at 12.29.57 PM. So March 2013.

The donor vehicle has a drag coefficient of 0.42 or so, the Prius is 0.25 or 0.26. The donor vehicle, in it's original small displacement, low compression configuration was good for up to 40MPG.

The front suspension components are Rabbit/Golf. It has a longitudinal transaxle with the older non-hypoid differential. The straight cut gears cost less power. It has a Porsche cooling fan running off the crankshaft at 1:1 and eleven blades in the fan instead of five to make up the difference. Into a Type III air ducting with the generator on it's own belt.
The longitudinal transaxle from the Beetle can have its rotation reversed for FWD applications, like it was done in the early Passat/Dasher. But the Golf/Rabbit always had transverse engine.

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