ELECTRIC CARS HAVE a lot of promise. They’re quick, quiet, and clean, but Ferrari CEO Sergio Marchionne isn’t convinced. “It’s an almost obscene concept,” he told journalists at the 2016 Geneva Auto Show. If that wasn’t clear enough, he added “you’d have to shoot me first.”
But you can’t stop progress, and Electric GT has taken matters into its own hands. The San Diego-based company converted a 1978 Ferrari 308GTS to run on electricity. They removed a fire-damaged V8, and replaced it with three motors and enough batteries to keep it going for 135 miles on a charge. They’re calling the result a 308-GTE, and claim it’s more powerful and better to drive than the original.