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Tesla Powered BMW E31 8 Series

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So some of you might already know about my E31 conversion as it's been going on 3 years now! Currently running a Siemens 1pv5135 motor and DIY inverter and 6 speed manual gearbox. Has been running very well the last few months but with the Tesla components becoming available and my work on the open source control boards progressing nicely I've decided to convert the E31. Again.

I had originally thought to use the small high efficiency drive unit but decided to go all in and put in the Large rear unit for 450hp+ :D

Going to be getting some help and the use of a workshop and vehicle lift for the drive unit install as it will need some serious work done to the rear subframe and boot floor. Once the drive unit is in then I can start putting some batteries into that nice big empty engine compartment. Should make quite a fun car and test bed for the open source control board. Stay tuned:)


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I'm putting a tesla drive unit in the back of a 1969 Jaguar XJ6. Im aware it will be complicated to fit and i need to add an upper control arm.
I think there are plenty of people facing this problem so soon enough solutions will abound, for now, a bit of positivity and can do attitude will have to do.

If i can get a good system for this, i think anyone can.
how does your gearbox do-hicky work?
I'd like to keep the original auto selector in my car, i had considered using a arduino with hall effect sensors to interface between the selector and motor.
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