Electrified restomods are, it appears, quite polarising. Prepare to be totally polarised by Totem Automobili’s first item. As you can see, it is a repair of the wonderful Alfa Romeo Giulia GT, rendered here using the medium of electrical power.
Great deals of electrical power, because this cars and truck– dubbed the GT electrical– functions 518bhp. That’s a fair bit more than the initial Alfa Giulia GT’s 192bhp, and a fair bit more than the new Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio. Heck, it’s just a smidge off the power of that mad new Alfa GTA.
Totem starts by carrying out a potentially sacrilegious act (depending on how you view these things of course)– removing and dismantling a 1970s GT Junior 1300/1600, and after that stiffening and tuning the frame by hand so that previously mentioned 518bhp does not cause the whole structure to collapse.
We’re informed simply 10 per cent of the initial chassis stays, while in advance is a brand-new MacPherson suspension setup filled with by hand adjustable Bilstein dampers, and an aluminium multilink setup at the back (once again, with Bilsteins), connected to a new rear subframe.
There’s a 50.4 kWh battery pack on board in place of the original Giulia’s gas unit and a mid-rear-mounted motor. Totem discusses that you can overlay a traditional gas engine noise to this electrical power, there’s launch control and a drift mode, and a myriad of personalisation alternatives.
Shall we deploy some fascinating numbers? Totem declares 0-62mph takes just 3.4 secs– putting it strongly into the realm of ‘goodness-me-that’s-really-fast-enough’, while the leading speed is pegged at 152mph. The thing weighs 1,410 kg and will go 224 miles on a single charge … as long as you’re not testing that acceleration figure constantly.
There’s no denying that the entirely excellent/blasphemous (erase as suitable) electrical bundle is covered up in an extremely beautiful carbon fibre body. The front of the GT electric admires the Giulia GTAm and is 180mm broader, while the rear was also redesigned to supply “a curvy shape”. LED lights are fitted at the front and back, and– in our eyes at least– it looks … beautiful. Really rather charming.
There are dandy carbon fibre seats within, lots of leather and wood, a Momo guiding wheel, an actual mechanical handbrake (yay!) and a dash that “recalls” the Giulia GT’s layout. There’s electric and even air-con windows and keyless ignition and … you’ve most likely already made up your mind about it.
— with rates yet to be verified– reckon it’s a way of securing gorgeous classics or just entirely incorrect?
Lots of electrical energy, because this vehicle– called the GT electrical– features 518bhp. That’s quite a bit more than the initial Alfa Giulia GT’s 192bhp, and a fair bit more than the new Alfa Giulia Quadrifoglio. There’s no rejecting that the completely excellent/blasphemous (delete as relevant) electrical bundle is covered up in a very beautiful carbon fiber body. The front of the GT electrical pays homage to the Giulia GTAm and is 180mm wider, while the rear was also revamped to offer “a curvy shape”.