This is the Amp=D hot rod built by Factory Five to show what the future of hot rodding maybe. When it was uncovered at the SEMA 2009 it caused quite a lot of excitement and boasts some impressive statistics.
The car has a Factory Five chassis and full race suspension and was built to show that electric cars can be cool. It is powered by a Power Phase 225KW electric motor using twin 440V A123 batteries giving about 600ft/lbs of torque. This type of motor is usually used to power large vehicles like buses and needs to be water cooled because of the amount of power it produces. It gives a top speed of around 120mph and an acceleration of 0-60 in around 3 seconds. The range on this electric vehicle isn’t bad either and can go for 100 miles between charges which is acceptable to get to most show or good enough to be used on a daily basis.
The paintwork and the interior have been kept fairly modest to keep the attention focused on how the car is powered rather than the bodywork and detailing.
Dr. Mike North explains the details behind the electric UQM motor and A123 battery packs that provide the push for the green rod.