The Future Of Porsche Is A Tesla-Powered Classic 911
The Future Is Here

The year is 2077. You leave your ultra-high-rise via a personal shuttle which silently speeds off, taking you directly to your underground parking space. Really, it’s more of a storage unit than a garage; you’re one of the few remaining who still know how to drive a car, let alone actually own one.

With the sound of your footsteps echoing off smooth concrete walls, you walk up to your 100th anniversary 1977 Porsche 911 Coupe, recognizing again the greatness of its simplistic, timeless design as lights automatically illuminate the bodywork. It’s been fully restored with retro styling reminiscent of what you would have seen circa 2020 by one of the last remaining workshops in the world that specialize in this.

Expensive, but well worth every penny it cost to acquire, it’s a machine that makes you smile; far too many these days will never know the joy a car like this can bring. You roll out of your garage and point towards an empty highway as you plant your foot. Instantly, four thousand foot-pounds of torque is delivered from a retrofitted Tesla power unit to the wheels behind you. Let this number bounce around in your head for a minute. Four thousand foot-pounds.


This is how much torque StreetFighter LA’s latest project makes, and the backdate ‘Electric-RWB’ does it with massive style, too. Only, this isn’t the future, this is right now at the 2018 SEMA Show.


Dylan Coleman’s latest project checks so many boxes it’s hard to keep track of them all. But first and foremost, this build is hugely important when it comes to the future of modifying cars. In reality, it’s really not a case of if electric cars will take over as our main method of transportation, but when.


I entirely understand the pushback when it comes to electrifying cars, especially when it comes to racing – I do love the sound of a good vintage V12, let me tell you. And while life might seem a bit depressing if the roads we drive on are comprised solely of cars like the Nissan Leaf or the BMW i3, car enthusiasts themselves aren’t going anywhere.


This is what makes StreetFighter LA’s E-RWB so important. Perhaps it’s more than just another wild SEMA build; it could be a genuine insight into the future of modifying cars and, thus, car culture itself.

After all, there’s no special rule that requires electric cars to be boring.

Stars Align

Unveiled this morning on the Toyo Tires Treadpass at SEMA, the project spawned from a simple desire to build something different. StreetFighter LA is known for their own wild wide-body kits, and is one of a handful of American companies who are designing their own. Dylan, the company’s co-founder, has built plenty of insane cars in the past, but this time around he wanted to go with something classic. Something timeless. Something pure.

It sounds like a Porsche would be the best way to go.


With his father Lee being a huge fan of Porsche, the perfect car fell into their lap when their neighbors at LTMW were looking to pass on their ‘77 911 Coupe. The car was actually slated to be a show car at SEMA last year, but as it wasn’t looking like they would pull it off in time LTMW brought their own RWB to take up its allocated spot at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

The motor had been rebuilt prior to the father-son duo getting their hands on it, but with more time to plan an all-out build, Dylan started scratching his head and parted with the motor after a stroke of “pure luck.”


The stars aligned, and Dylan found himself working with EV West, a San Marcos-based company that specializes in converting gas-powered cars into ones you can plug into a wall at home.


The setup makes 563ewhp (electric wheel horsepower), which is comparable to a car making 700hp at the crank. I’m not sure how it really feels yet, but that’s something to dive into once we get to take it for a drive. Still, as the most powerful RWB ever built I’m positive it’ll rip my face clean off.


It’s worth pointing out that this particular EV West conversion required no modifications to the body or the chassis of the 911. In fact, it even utilizes the factory mounting holes in the engine bay, meaning that the car maintains its integrity as well as its value as a classic. The swap was, in part, made possible by making use of a 930 axle conversion.


On the aesthetic front, to make the RWB kit work on the backdate requires a number of other conversions be done to the car, and perhaps this is why we don’t see too many of these chassis being wide-bodied.


The bodykit itself was fitted by Nakai-san (of course) earlier this month on location at StreetFighter LA and LTMW, just in time for SEMA prep madness.

The Modern Classic

To keep the colossal torque in check, StreetFighter LA worked closely with Elephant Racing to develop a fully adjustable suspension setup. It’s a GT3-inspired retrofit system which also allows them to achieve an impressive stance.


Ultimately, the power is delivered through an always-amazing set of BBS RS wheels wrapped up in Toyo Proxes R888R tires which measure 315 out back and 245 up front. With so many unknowns on this car going into the project, the final result is simply stunning.


Sprayed in Porsche Ivory, a vintage 356 color, Dylan says he took a number of design cues from ‘50s and ‘60s Porsches when planning this particular build. In one sense, it’s almost a purist’s car. There’s great attention to detail and loads of modern, yet classy, touches around the 911. Lee says the project would have been impossible without help from Pelican Parts and their wealth of knowledge when it comes to Porsche restoration.


These touches, while subtle, vastly improve both the aesthetic as well as the functionality of the 40-year-old Porsche. Details include TRE Motorsport 911R taillights and the super cool plug-and-play 9Eleven headlights up front.


Then there are the less subtle touches too, like the wild RWB kit and that outrageous powerplant. Still, (perhaps ironically) Dylan says he expects this car to generate a lot less hate than some of the other stanced-out wide-body builds he’s become known for.


Inside the cockpit, the retro-future theme continues. It’s a seamless blend of leather, Alcantara, chrome, and Burberry plaid. Dylan’s design for the interior came to life thanks to Rogelio’s Auto Upholstery.


A lot of thought went into the inside of this car and it’s readily apparent. The Indy steering wheel comes from Momo’s Heritage series, capturing the essence of a ’77 Porsche better than any other choice could have.


Not to mention how incredibly good the chrome looks against the glossy white of the mostly-bare interior. Both at the StreetFighter LA workshop on Sunday night and the show Monday night I couldn’t stop taking photos of it.


Now posted up at SEMA and roasting in the Las Vegas sunshine, crowds are forming around the car as you read this. After closely following the build for a couple days now I’ll probably be there too, eavesdropping and taking in all the reactions. Back in the moment as I write this, I’m really curious to see what the general consensus of the build will be.


The E-RWB is the most intensive (and expensive) car that Dylan has ever built, and I’m sure it’ll create a huge stir. Regardless of what others think, it has, most of all, been an awesome project with his pops. It’s something they’ll remember conceptualizing, designing, and building for decades to come.


More immediately, the plan is to travel with the car as much as possible and show it off. After this, it’ll just be time to cruise around in the E-RWB and Dylan says it’s a car that won’t be leaving the family any time soon.


Beyond this, I really wonder what the lasting impact of this car will be. After all, this isn’t the very first time someone’s electrified a classic car — look no further than when Prince Harry (whoever that is) got married and drove off in reimagined Jaguar E-Type Zero, powered, of course, by an electric motor.

Even Porsche themselves, the king of sports cars, are soon to release their Taycan which will be the first all-electric Porsche to hit the market. But as electric tech in cars becomes more mainstream, factory releases aren’t what I’m excited about.


What I’m excited about are builds like this E-RWB. What I’m excited about is seeing what genuine, driving-loving car enthusiasts will do with this tech. The more time goes by, electric swaps will become increasingly more within reach.

If I was a smart man I’d grab an E30 while they’re still reasonable, buy up a wide-body kit from Khyzyl and Live To Offend (wait, what?!), and drive the pants off it until electric conversions become relatively affordable. It’d be totally future-proof, a car that would be incredible fun to drive, not to mention reliable as well as economical.


What’s not to like? In that vein, I’m curious to know what you all think of this car and the concept behind it, as well if you would ever convert something yourself. Regardless of your answer (the comments section is open below), I hope the E-RWB can be a lesson to us all.

Electric cars don’t have to be new, and they certainly don’t have to be boring. Thank you Dylan and StreetFighter LA for going out on a limb and proving this to the world.

Trevor Yale Ryan
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Need a video of a pull.


We'll be taking it out first chance I get. Get ready for some wheelies ;)


not with that whack base model drive unit!


Haha yeah, I'm actually not sure if EV West was able to tune it, something I'll want to look into next time for sure


This article is the accompaniment to the phrase, "Frankenstein". Its kinda cool that honda heads started this trend, but now its kinda moved on to almost anything with anything, if it doesnt belong or you make it work or fit from a totally different thing, i think that takes dedication. Its also unique, it brings me back to the time in like PS2 era where games like tokyoxtremeracer and need for speed underground 2 offered wild customization. things are more expensive now but seeing one off things in cars that do not belong that isnt an LS Swap definitely beats the hell out of seeing an LS swap the world era.

Much Love,



I love it. I'd love to see where the batteries went, along with what kind of range this will get. I toyed with the idea of finding a wrecked Tesla to stuff into my mr2. But lack the electrical know how. Internal combustion bis just easier. Still. Gives me hope that I'll still be driving my 2 once the oil has gone


The batteries are in the small box behind the motor/transmission. It's not a full tesla battery pack, so I'm guessing it has very limited range/power. Still, this is just a show car, not a driver, so.... those things don't matter.


There's an additional pack up front. The Tesla packs aren't as big as you might think, plus this car weighs half as much. Range is projected to be 250+ miles


No shit eh? I saw a build on the hoonigan YouTube channel of an electric swapped ae86. Electric motor bolted to the t50. But had an ungodly amount of batteries in the back.

But that's cool as hell. So running a Tesla battery pack up the spine of an mr2 isn't completely out of the question for me the. :))))


very cool! The interior is really well done imho, and I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the MOMO steering wheel!

Not sure about this statement:

"... it even utilizes the factory mounting holes in the engine bay, meaning that the car maintains its integrity as well as its value as a classic."

How does it maintain its integrity and value as a classic car, with cut-up bodywork?


SW1 strikes again.

The bodywork is cut up by RWB, not EV West. Like I said.

I.e. you can do the Tesla conversion without cutting into your car.


Reading can be hard. I got it on the first and only read-through.


Yes. reading comprehension ownz me. Trevor did you see the '49 Mercury here in the Optima Batteries booth? It has a Tesla P85 motor!


Nice, no, I havent! There's just so much stuff


Awesome car. Not so sure about the choice to combine neck-snapping torque, a roll cage, and a lack of headrests though. Sounds like a great way to get a sore neck and a cracked skull.


Love the build,also a great cover of it. Classic Porsche such as this one with a modern electric powertrain is definitely something amazing. An E30 electric conversion has also already been done, here in Croatia. Mate Rimac, owner of Rimac Automobili has done it few years ago. There are videos on youtube to feast your eyes also. It might not be as clean as this build but definitely different and eye catching.


Nice! I know they did the E-Type I mentioned but wasn't aware of that. Wonder what it would set me back lol


right I'm no porsche fanatic and this things beautiful but wtf is a tesla battery doing inside of it


Powering the Tesla motor.


OMG, a 911 build!
I wish people would do more of these!


R double ew Bees are cancur


Dino Dalle Carbonare

I wanna drive it!!!


It took me awhile to figure out why it was called "E-RWB". Especially when I looked at the photos, because the execution on this build is insanely good (really better than most RWBs). Then I realized they took an RWB car and repowered it, redid it, and did a phenomenal job of executing this build. Supremely nice - supremely.


Lack of headrests makes me anxious with the presence of rollbar.


Yeah, and the 4,000 ft lbs of torque sending your melon backwards on launch.


That there is a right fancy golf cart.


4,00l0 lb-ft of torque, yeah sure.


Someone doesn't realise what electric motors are praised for...


At the wheels, once the torque multiplication is applied at the differential.

So says the math.


Yeah you cant really measure electric motor through the differential on a dyno very effectively. You could take a normal car and run it on the dyno in 1st gear and get some absurd torque rating. But would you go around saying your honda civic makes 1000 lb-ft of torque? No, people dont do that. The actual motor thats in this thing makes a ton of torque, something like 600-700 if recall correctly. Maybe less seeing as the battery is a bit smaller. But thats a ton of torque. 4,000 though? No, youre just making stuff up to hype it up.


I just pulled up a youtube video of a P100D and it dyno'd around 750 lb-ft. Look at all these geniuses who just suck down whatever is spoon fed to them. I love the internet!


It's mathematical trickery.


Didn't see any specs for the HV battery. How many kw's is the pack? This will ultimately decide the "HP/TQ" ratings. Base drive unit can make a max of 382hp with a pack around 80kw's............................................


very nice! i think EV conversions aren't for all but definitely has a big future. two questions: range? why is there a tach?


Range is supposed to be about 250 miles. There's another battery pack up front.

Tach will be replaced with something that goes to 17k rpm but itll be a big project making it happy.


250 is pretty decent and defo makes this a very cool potential daily. a 911 with trunk space?!

time to insert a superbike sourced tach...


My favourite local race track is under threat from council due to noise. Racing has ceased while the owner of the course fights the good fight. Hmm, those of us that race there (if push comes to shove) simply go electric as opposed to not being able to race at all. So yeah, perhaps "a big future".


I bought a Tesla Model 3 a couple of months ago. Soon after getting it a friend and I went out to drive the wheels off of it. We happened upon a new housing development with only a couple of houses built so far (models), but a beautiful new road twisting it's way up the hill! We did many laps of this hillclimb without anyone in the nearby neighborhoods hearing and calling the cops!


Let me guess.

Somebody moved next door to a racetrack, knowing it was there, and then went and complained about the noise.


SEMA car done right... very nice!


I'm all for electric cars, but there HAS to be some legitimate engineering reason to use a manual transmission and make the drive emit a proper noise - either a unnerving growl or a menacing hiss.


I helped convert a studebaker to electric power, and we wound up using the factory manual transmission. Here is the issue though; if you floor it in first gear, you will likely shear off the teeth of the transmission. That 'instant torque' of the electric motor is too powerful for the teeth on the gears in the trans. This is why most conversions utilize only one speed, at a much higher ratio


Haha awesome, sounds about right


dude there is that much extra noise in your car suspension screeching tires screaming all sorts of stuff, stuff that you can use as feedback on what your car is doing how close it is to edge of grip etc.
What is everyones obsession with senseless noise?


What a very oxymoronic statement that is... "senseless noise".


Because it's fun. That is the only reason to build a car like this in the first place. Fun.


Elon Musk would be proud


No doubt I would daily this if I had it! Haha It surely addresses climate change but still retains what us petrol heads like, awesome pulls and look good doing it.


bold statement
' In reality, it’s really not a case of if electric cars will take over as our main method of transportation, but when.'
Relying on a battery technology that is not easily recycled, renewable. While relying on processing in countries that turn a blind eye to the problems caused,
Like solar PV an interim technology, not a solution.
Fantastic build though.


Batteries are recyclable. Not sure why you think they aren't.


You don't have to use those batteries and they are only an interim technology. Electric motors and vehicles have exsisted long before IC's, so please shhhh


Electric cars will never be popular, because we would have to replace the entire power grid if everybody had electric cars. So, this 'vision of the future' is a complete fabrication, and will never happen.

In aggregate, increased electricity demand was sustainable up to 25-percent EV penetration, as long as you were only counting in terms of kilowatt hours of electricity consumed and assumed all charging was happening at night.

But when Muratori studied more local scenarios, heavy demand was more concerning. The researcher simulated "a residential distribution transformer connected to six households" with 11 vehicles total. The transformer could handle up to six electric cars charging with Level 1 charging, but the simulated transformer saw demand in excess of its nominal capacity as soon as one EV with Level 2 charging was added to the neighborhood.

While electrical transformers are built to withstand such temporary surges in electrical demand, Muratori cites research that shows the expected life of transformer equipment can decrease "by two orders of magnitude when a transformer hits '50 percent above its nominal capacity.'"

Ivor Manee Watts

Why put a drain on the national grid? Home charging via modern roof mount solar panels into tesla wall batteries will bypass any problems. Also, sell your excess back to the power companies. As we do in the UK and much of Europe...


Totally. And in 1800 no one could have EVER imagined there would be a gas station on every corner. What even is that? Gas station?

Internet? Space station? CELL PHONE? PHONE? WHAT THE HECK


Freakin badass!


Aesthetically, that car is absolute perfection. Just enough...

Jay Soh Tsu Chung

When RWB Porsches are getting dime a dozen, how do you stand out? By converting the car to EV of course!

Brilliant stuff here.


This is how you do it. If they bolt some matching head restraint forms, it’s a beauty. I can’t wait to see this sort of simplicity, elegance, and real cleanliness that only an EV can deliver mingle with the rest of our automotive history, like the Carrera GT and the then-latest hybrid 911 we know is coming.


Yeah, after a couple whacks to the head I'm sure they'll address it lol


I'm all for electric swaps - let me put that out there first and foremost.
What I'd be most interested in seeing is how with an electric motor and some form of controller you could map the power delivery to match that of an original car.
By all means if your goal is to build something face meltingly fast then you'd have no need for said controller.
But if for instance petrol does become unobtainable or unrealistically expensive and you're a purist who wants to retain that feel of the original engine and it's power delivery then this would surely be the next step?
Hell it's digital so you could even in theory have different "tunes" akin to Tesla Ludicrous Mode for say town driving, original car and full all the electric horses.

Federico Barutto

While I appreciate the build quality of this car (extremely clean swap), I’ll never convert a petrol car to electric.I know, I might sound old school, but I don’t want to lose the emotions and excitement of an engine, its sound, shifting gears, rev matching etc.
I acknowledge that electric cars, as A-to-B veichles have their place in the world though, and that they have an enormous amount of torque at zero RPM.
They just aren’t for me.


I agree whole-heartily, buy my e30.


Lol where are you from?


Oklahoma City. I might even deliver. I’ll shoot you pics @genericobakery


Come out to California and let's do this LOL


Yikes.. I appreciate the effort and really want to like this, but the result is pretty ugly and confusing. Thw plaid interior is horrendous. The bodywork is a mix that doesn't work, the wide body clashes with the lack of side skirts and the high cut rear bumper.

Technically speaking it's a super interesting project but style-wise a massive fail.


somewhat related to the discussion, apparently GM has an eCOPA Camaro at SEMA with an 'electric crate engine' that bolts right into existing tranny/drivetrain. so somebody else sees a future for this tech. though this could be as hated as put an LS in it...


Missed that at SEMA, I'll have to read up on it.


i've seen a few interesting electric stories outta SEMA. again, not for every build but options are out there:


4000lbft? After gearbox multiplication or before?


Definitely after fandangling the numbers. It would probably dyno in the neighborhood of 800, but part of the appeal of the electric motor is that you get it all at 1rpm, which you cant really measure. So it feels like more.


Must be one of the classiest interiors I've seen to date, nevermind the wildcard powerplant - that deserves a feature on its own!


Oh trust me, I'll be doing my best to take it for a drive soon


Cars like this are a great idea to keep many classics on the road and to also promote the concept of electric cars. They cant just all be econo-boxes or luxo-barges. This, the Icon EV, and the eCopo are a great promotion of electric drivetrains and what they can be. Can't wait to see more projects like this.
PS: can someone explain the math/physics behind that massive amount of torque?