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So I had a Ford focus ev. Dumb kid on cell phone hit me while I was stopped and totalled it. Loved the car but really hated the TQ management under 30mph. But the 100,000mile warranty on the complete ev drive train is nice for a used car that can be found for as low as 6g.

Anyway, starting to shop for my next focus EV and want to do the 2018 RS body parts (and eventually the interior). Since the RS is AWD. The rear spindles are bolt on, unsure if I could also use the same axles as up front but (once the warranty is up) I'd like to add another motor for the rear. Complete focus EV drive train is 2g ish on ebay. Factory hatch mounted battery may require relocation and second motor would need a controller. (Unsure if there would be a way to grab the front drive controls and port them to control the rear as well). I really don't care if it only gets 40mile range as I live less then 10miles from work and would eventually add more batteries.

Thoughts?

Ps. Magna. The company that makes the focus EV drivetrain, I found in one of their documents that their is a larger motor option ford didn't go with. Perhaps with the right contacts that larger motor could be sourced for both front and rear giving this car the nuts behind the RSE badge.

But seriously I'd run two leaf motors out back if I could figure that out. Or four if possible.

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I was kind of hoping any concern with drive shaft length could be solved with the mounting hight of the differential. Or with custom driveshafts. I am full willing to lose the back seat to batteries. Also (if / when more batteries were needed) there is a lot of room under the hood leftover, inside the rear side panels and under the fendors.

One other nice thing about the Ford focus is that many lightweight components are already in production. A quick look at eBay and you can find carbon fiber hood, fendors, wing, doors (front and rear), hatch, and roof. While not cheap at least someone makes them. Does anyone make carbon fiber doors for tesla yet? Haven't seen them if they exisit. I know it's just a matter of time.

And yes the inability to have the battery weight low is bad, the only track it would ever see is in a straight line. Hell I'd even consider ditching the oem motor control, doing some cooling mods, and upping the voltage.

Either way as soon as my house refinance is over (Late August) I'll be looking to buy another focus EV. I recently missed out on an ideal candidate in Mesa, az. It was a black 2013 for 6g flat. That's the color and price range I want. Just in case anyone is reading this post August and sees one for sale. Anyone on here watch the auctions? I'd take a minor damaged one as well as I want to replace the front and rear body panels anyway.

Thank you all for your input.

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