Since the first Tesla rolled of the production line over a decade ago, the electric vehicles have been lauded for their superior performance. The latest line of Elon Musk’s cars are able to go from 0 to 60 miles per hour in just 1.9 seconds and have top speeds of around 250 miles per hour.
Yet some people can’t leave good enough alone, which is why Tesla hacker Jason Hughes salvaged a bunch of parts from Tesla Model S and Model X vehicles to create Tesla drive units (the part of a car that converts energy into wheel motion) and battery packs that can be installed in other types of cars.
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One of the first people to try out Hughes’ Tesla drive units was YouTuber Jimmy Built, who combined it with a Chevy Volt battery and Honda Accord body to create a Tesla-Honda hybrid. This automotive freak show, which he calls a “Teslonda,” looks like it’s about to crumble at any minute. But in a video posted to Jimmy Built’s YouTube channel, he takes the car out for a test spin and manages to hit 0 to 60 in just 2.7 seconds.
“We managed to get 2.7 seconds out of her, and that is with 38 degree asphalt, cold tires, and a cold battery,” Jimmy Built wrote in the video’s description. “I’m thinking 2.5 seconds is possible.”
In a video from inside Jimmy Built’s garage, he shows how he hooked up the Tesla drive unit to a Chevy Volt electric battery. Although Tesla’s drive unit is more powerful than Volt’s, the Volt allows for more electricity to flow from the battery to the motor.
Although others have fiddled around with Tesla drive units in combination with Volt batteries, few have had the audacity to throw it all together in a Honda Accord, which was never meant to handle this much power.