Electric MGB revealed

| 14 Sep 2018
Classic & Sports Car – Electric MGB revealed

Just last month, Jaguar announced it was making its electric E-type concept a reality and now another classic British brand is getting a zero-emissions makeover.

RBW Classic Electric Cars claims it’s securing the future of classic motoring with this MGB Roadster, which blends the aesthetics of a much-loved model with 21st-century technology.

That technology comes from working with Zytek Automotive, the company that powers Formula E racers, no less.

The electric MGBs are based not on decades-old bodyshells, but on brand-new ones, thanks to a partnership with British Motor Heritage.

At first, 30 of these limited-edition, hand-built cars will be produced and you can see them (and lay down a deposit), at November's Lancaster Insurance Classic Motor Show at the NEC Birmingham.

Classic & Sports Car – Electric MGB revealed
Technology partner Zytek Automotive is big name in the sector

RBW quotes a peak power output of 70kw with 167lb ft of torque, meaning a 0-60mph time of 8 secs, a 105mph top speed and a range, when fully charged, of over 155 miles, although of course that will depend upon road conditions, driving style and so on.

And the price? £83,000.

“Our aim is make these great classic cars better for the modern age and to do that, we have been fortunate to be supported by great companies who share the same ethos,” said RBW’s Managing Director Peter Swain.

“In our research and development, we put the cars through vigorous testing, which showed just how much pressure is on the body as well as the components.

“Such is the power of the engine, we used new components wherever possible to ensure the best for owners to enjoy from their classic electric sports car.”

And the project isn't stopping with these MGBs – next in line is RBW’s Jaguar XKSS recreation, which will set you back £150,000.

Find out more on RBW's website.

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