An old Land Rover Defender gets a motor from Tesla

This astonishing Land Rover Defender receives an electric block from Tesla of 450 horsepower, and a battery with a capacity of 100 kWh for an announced range of around 350 km.

The Land Rover Defender is a small off-road institution. If it is still in the catalog of the English manufacturer, it has not yet completely succumbed to the electric, even if a plug-in hybrid version already exists.

The ECD Automotive Design company, based in Florida, specializes in the restoration of Land Rover Defender, and in particular in the restomod, bringing up to date certain old models with more modern equipment. The model presented today goes even further and swaps its heat engine for an electrical block from Tesla.

The zero-emission Land Rover Defender

Instead of the combustion engine, the fuel tank and the exhaust system, you will find a battery with a capacity of 100 kWh and a Tesla electric motor of 450 horsepower. Power is always transmitted on four wheelsthis is a Land Rover Defender after all, and the car has upgraded air suspension with BF Goodrich off-road tyres.

The 0 to 100 km/h is announced in barely 5 seconds. Regarding autonomy, it will be necessary to count on approximately 350km with a single load, and without having the foot too heavy.

Two models available

There are two models of Defender restomod. The Britton project, the one presented in the photo gallery above, retains its original brakes and axles and sports a blue exterior tint. The interior is immaculate in black and beige leather and fabric, not to mention the few woodwork that embellishes the whole thing and gives it a whole lot of charm.

The Morpheus project (not pictured) is a bit more robust with reinforced axles and limited-slip differentials. It does not have wooden trimmings since it is intended to be a little more spartan. Roof racks, grille guards and an exterior light bar complete the equipment.

“We do all of this with a deep love for vintage Defenders and a passion for keeping them on the road by modifying them to fit the lives of our customers”said Elliot Humble, the co-founder of ECD. “Whether it’s figuring out how to fit an electric motor into a restored Defender or matching the paint to their favorite shirt, our team can bring our customers’ wildest dreams to life. »

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