I have yet to see anyone use a Tesla motor other than with the original Tesla transaxle, but it may have been done. Part of the reason for this is that the motor can rev to something like 12,000 rpm as so it needs a lot gear reduction to make best use of it.Salvaged Tesla motors are very accessible these days.
Even though it hasn't been done yet, I believe it's totally doable. If I hadn't already bought my Siemens motor for my Hornet, I definitely would have considered a Tesla motor now that there are options for controlling the inverter. It could be done conventionally through the stock trans with just the motor...or, direct drive to a low-geared rear axle (ultimately, the final gearing would be a little high)...or, weld up the diff in the Tesla gearbox and run a shaft from one side down to the stock rear axle with high gears, if possible (this way, the final gearing would end up a little low, unless some very steep gears could be found for the rear end). His HiLux rear end would probably have some aftermarket gearing choices, much like the Dana 60 in my Hudson. Swapping diff gears, or even whole rear ends is fairly simple, from a hotrod point of view, lol.I have yet to see anyone use a Tesla motor other than with the original Tesla transaxle...
While I have nothing against the Toyota axle or the diff and final drive gears in it, my guess is that at this performance level a complete axle change would be likely, and I agree that swaps are routine. On the other hand, the builder's blog listsHis HiLux rear end would probably have some aftermarket gearing choices, much like the Dana 60 in my Hudson. Swapping diff gears, or even whole rear ends is fairly simple, from a hotrod point of view, lol.
among the planned components.Toyota Hilux rear axles and upgraded 1.5 way LSD centre modified to suit RA28 rear subframe
What do you mean by the "wheel well area"? Do you mean the spare wheel and tire well in the trunk? In a liftback is this over the fuel tank, behind the axle?I am hoping to fit the battery pack in the wheel well area which I will refabricate to a rectangular battery tray.