If you are a tesla tech why use a leaf? The price and availability for both salvage vehicles is similair unless there mechanical advantages.
Perhaps. On the other hand...This a big, heavy car. I think you will be disappointed with the only ~100 HP available from the Gen1 (and Gen2?) Leaf power train.
It was left to my partner by his mother, and he has already begun modifying the body to be an "art car."
While I don't see a reason to be concerned about performance, that engine puts out a lot more than 30 horsepower. The 29.4 value is the result of the old British taxable horsepower formula, which is based only on the bore dimension (3.5"), the number of cylinders (6), and the typical output of engines circa 1910. Actual output of a late 1930's engine would be much higher, which is consistent with the 115 horsepower reported by another source. The Leaf motor should be a reasonable replacement.Thanks for all the interest, the 25/30 title actually represents the range of horsepower these hand built engines had. This is the last of the "small horsepower" Rolls Royces, this one came from the factory with 29.4 horsepower at the flywheel. I'm really not worried about performance.
Not just inertia but driving force - the engine continue to run, even if only at idle.Yes, but I'm regretting for having asked! The trans. has an output shaft driving a rotating clutch set-up to provide power braking, through linkages, from the mechanical inertia of the engine?!!
Another approach would be to keep the clutch drum and turn it with a constant-speed electric motor. A huge waste of energy, but closer to the original design.I though about substituting a motor linked to a brake switch for the drum, as all this system provides is torque on demand, but I think I'll stick to as few risky ventures as I can. For now, keeping the old trans will do.
Sorry, that's what I meant to write.Not just inertia but driving force - the engine continue to run, even if only at idle.