The Alfa Romeo (916) GTV was produced between 1995 – 2004, with only around 40,000 GTV models, and a similar amount of the open top Spiders, being manufactured during the whole period.
I have decided to re-engineer my own Alfa GTV, to run on an electric motor, rather than the original petrol engine, which emits a high CO2 level of 220.
I will be improving and updating this blog post on a regular basis, so check back regularly.
Why am I doing this? – Well for starters there is the high CO2 level.
The car failed its MOT in December 2012 on emissions and a small hole on the underside inner sill.
The car was put into my garage shortly after, and almost forgotten about, until recently.
Although I have successfully managed to get the engine going, the car would need a new rear exhaust silencer, radiator (as in poor condition), and new cambelt and balancer belts (not a cheap job).
The last items, are the main reason I took the car off the road after it failed its MOT in 2012.
The belts need replacing every three years, or 36,000 miles according to Alfa Specialists, and mine were way over due (time wise).
A second reason for wanting to convert my Alfa Romeo GTV to be powered by an electric motor is performance, yes you did read that correctly.
The Alfa Romeo GTV came in two basic variants, four cylinder, and six cylinder (V6) petrol variants.
The original 2 litre four cylinder version that I have, is a fantastic high revving motor, with a unique Alfa Romeo 8 spark plug design.
However it gets overshadowed (unfairly in my opinion), by the tyre shredding V6 version.
My objective is to create an Electric Alfa Romeo GTV that has faster acceleration, than the V6 versions.
But aren’t electric cars those off looking slow things, that oddball eccentrics drive? Electric cars have come a long way in recent years, due to advances in technology.
Just look at the acceleration figures for a Tesla Car, if you have any doubts.
The second part of this blog post on the Electric Alfa GTV project will appear soon.