Law makers and car makers are turning to electric cars. Think the
automotive world will get boring? Will tuners like Hennessey, Shelby
American and Novitec face extinction? Ex-GM executive Bob Lutz
disagrees. On the contrary, he thinks the popularity of electric cars
could create huge business potential for his company, VLF Automotive,
which has track records for converting electric Fisker Karma into the
V8-powered Destino (pictured). The same can be done to fulfill the
desire of tenths of millions of petrolheads worldwide.
According to the plan Lutz revealed exclusively to AutoZine, VLF will
launch a string of petrol cars converted from new electric cars.
“At first, we’ll convert a Tesla P100D into one very exciting… how
about a Chevy V8 completed with twin-turbo and really exciting noise?”
“By using Tesla as basis, we are declaring war to electric car
companies! Let the enthusiasts choose the way to go!"
“What’s most promising is,” said an excited Lutz, “as the world has
more and more new electric cars on offer, we are going to have more and
options and possibilities…”
“Sorry about the demise of Blackwing V8? We are buying its patents and
will install it into the new Hummer!”
“Whatever Mercedes EQ arrives in the future, we will put an AMG V8 back
into their engine bays. Frankly, I don’t understand why they design the
engine bays so big, a perfect match for a big V8.”
“Porsche should not have built the Taycan as an electric car. We are
going to right the wrongs, putting a GT3 flat-six under the bonnet… and
couple to manual gearbox! That will be a real Porsche.”
We had a look into the list and got impressed, such as:
- Volkswagen ID.3 with EA888 engine mounted at the tail and driving the
rear wheels. VLF calls it “The truly New People’s Car”.
- BMW i3 with the twin-cylinder Motorrad engine driving the rear
wheels, stripped of battery to achieve 750kg kerb weight. Co-developed
with Gordon Murray.
- Audi E-tron GT powered by the R8’s V10, renamed Audi P-trol GT. A
variant called D-sel GT will join later on.
- Polestar 2 running an 8.4-liter Viper V10 and still weighs 400kg less
than the original car
- "M3 beater": Tesla Model 3 with 808hp Chrysler Demon V8 and drag race
And the last one reads “Ferrari XX with V12”. We ask him what it means.
“This is only plan B. If Ferrari really turns to electric, we’ll put
its finest V12 back into the car, just to say Shame on You!”
“Hopefully this will stop Maranello from doing silly things.”
But what if the United States really ban ICE cars?
“Don’t worry”, laughed out loud Lutz, “I maintain my forecast that
Tesla will go burst in a few months. OTA function gets hacked and
Autopiloted cars crash into one another. No one recycles million tons
of batteries and everywhere is catching fire, underground water
polluted by heavy metals… then our government will realize how wrong
going all-electric could be. Hopefully by then Donald Trump will be our
If this really comes true, then the prospect of automotive world will
be very bright indeed.
P.S. No, this is absolutely not an April Fool's joke. AutoZine can
confirm that it is about as true as Volkswagen America declaring its
rebrand as "Voltswagen" not an April Fool's joke.