How Does It Feel to Drive an Electric Ferrari With A Manual Gearbox?

How would you feel driving an electric Ferrari with a manual gearbox? Odd? Well, hold on to that word! You will surely regret that comment when you will know about a modified Ferrari 308 with an electric motor and a manual gearbox.

What Is a Ferrari 308 GTS?

Ferrari manufactured this model from 1975 to 1985. It came as a replacement of Dino 246 GT and GTS and was sold mostly in Italy. It features a tube frame with a separate body, which was designed by Pininfarina’s Leonardo Fioravanti. He was also the architect behind the brand’s a few other models including Dino, Daytona, and Berlinetta Boxer.

Electric Ferrari
Adrenaline junkies will surely love this modified car! (photo source: Electric GT)

The engine of an original 1978 Ferrari 308 can produce 220 horsepower and 179 lb-ft of torque. Is it possible to revive an old car with electric power? Let’s find out.

Is It Possible to Assemble an Electric Ferrari with a Manual Gearbox?

Electric cars with a single-speed gearbox are the norm these days. Also, the use of manual transmission has been waning in modern vehicles. In fact, a handful of companies including Ferrari have announced not to manufacture any manual version at all!

It does not seem logical to integrate a manual gearbox into an electric Ferrari. EV motors don’t need more than one gear for maximum acceleration. But, is it possible? Yes, it is!

This video explains how such a drivetrain will work:

What happens when electric cars have a manual transmission!

How Does It Feel to Drive An Electric Ferrari with a Manual Gearbox?

Simply the classic look of a 1978 Ferrari 308 will be fascinating to many car enthusiasts. Add to that an electric motor and a traditional transmission, and you can easily imagine the excitement of those people who refuse to drive an automobile that doesn’t let them shift between all the available gears.


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So, an electrically-powered Ferrari 308 that runs on a traditional gear is sure to grab the attention of all the motorheads and speedsters. Who can resist the temptation of blasting through canyon roads or empty highways after looking at that beauty?

Let’s check the video to have a look at the world’s first electric 1978 Ferrari 308.

This car has a HPEVS Custom Electric AC-51 “V-8” motor package instead of its old 32v Ferrari V8 engine. The motors transmit power to the rear wheels through a Porsche G50 manual gearbox.

Combined with a 46kWh lithium battery, the new engine can generate 330HP. Depending on how hard you are driving and the condition of the road, the 3,350 pounds automobile can speed up to 150mph.

Manual Gearbox
It’s the world’s first electric Ferrari with a manual gearbox. (photo source: Brandon Ancil/CNBC)

You will get the most aggressive acceleration at the first gear while the fourth gear offers stability while cruising at speed. The second and third gears will ease out the transition from the borderline scary speed to a much gentler acceleration. In fact, this electric Ferrari with a manual gearbox has been reinvented for the adrenaline junkies who love to shift and downshift and listen to the wind scream while cruising through hilly roads and large expressways!