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Hi all

I am from Ireland but 2 years ago, moved to live just outside Barcelona.

I own a 1996 Toyota MR2 (SW20) Spider, one of only 88 produced.

In my younger years, i had a few different MR2's, one which i modified to about 380hp, which was quite fun !

Now, older and wiser, i am here on an EV forum : )

Some of you may know that Barcelona is looking to improve air quality and do it via a very large ban on older petrol/diesel cars.

Unfortunately mine falls into this category. So, i face the choice of converting to a petrol car which has low NO, CO, PM (the ban focuses on these and not CO2). But, there are regulations coming in re Co2. So, doing this clean petrol engine conversion may only be buying me some time.

So, EV seems like the best route to keep my car on the road and keep a bit of (not very well known) Toyota history.

I'll post my goals/dreams in the main forums once i read Sticky's etc

Rob

My Spider, back in Ireland


And in Sunny Spain
 

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I own a 1996 Toyota MR2 (SW20) Spider, one of only 88 produced.
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So, EV seems like the best route to keep my car on the road and keep a bit of (not very well known) Toyota history.
I had never heard of a W20 spider, so of course I had to look it up...
SW20 Spider (from Wikipedia)
Between 1996 and 1999, Toyota TechnoCraft (TTC) produced 91 MKII SW20 MR2 Spiders. These cars featured a retractable, cloth softtop roof, wingless trunk lid, and an engine lid that was unique to the SW20 spider. Most of these cars were automatics and nearly all of them sported a naturally aspirated engine. Toyota decided against putting its name or logo on these cars as a result of its desire to distance itself from cars that featured leaky roofs. Most of the Spiders came in Lucerne Silver with a blue side moulding and featured black and blue accented cloth seats.[36]

Several of these cars have been imported into the UK.
If the comments in the Wikipedia article are true, Toyota may not want this bit of their history remembered. :eek:

For EV conversion, it should be the same as any W20 (second generation) MR2. There have been a few of those to use as sources of ideas.
 

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The link for an image doesn't work. I see that it is from googleusercontent, and is some huge key value, not a path to a user's folder or album, so I suspect that it only works for the person who copied the link; the rest of us get a placeholder suggesting that access is not allowed. There should be another way to generate a link for sharing the image.
 

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I had never heard of a W20 spider, so of course I had to look it up...
SW20 Spider (from Wikipedia)

If the comments in the Wikipedia article are true, Toyota may not want this bit of their history remembered. :eek:

For EV conversion, it should be the same as any W20 (second generation) MR2. There have been a few of those to use as sources of ideas.
It's okay - i got my soft-top redone when in Ireland. And I'm in Spain now - it doesn't rain so much :)

I saw that EV West in California does a kit. But it's about $6,500 + battery pack ($10,300) + shipping + import duty. I would be looking at about 20k euros :eek: The car only cost me 7k euros

The kit sounds "reasonable" at $6,500. But the battery pack would make it a non runner for me. I thought that battery costs are coming down :(
 
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