Inside the Illuminati 7′s engine compartment

5 August 2011

(Odometer: 587 miles)

VIRDEN, Ill.–Kevin Smith, in our earlier video and post, walked us through the Illuminati 7′s interior and exterior design, and then we got to roar out onto the highway.

We also had him give us a tour of the vehicle’s engine, a beautiful creation with Frankensteinian accents (parts from a Fiero, a Geo Metro and so on).

The engine compartment includes:
+99 Thundersky 4.25 volt lithium iron phosphate batteries (TS 100AH) = approx. 32 Kwh
+200 horsepower MES DEA electric motor: MES 200-330 induction (compare to Chevy Volt’s 149 HP motor)
+ Manzanita Micro PFC-40 (220v, 40 amp off board charger will charge the car overnight) charger
+ MES-DEA – TIM600 (100kW) inverter

This engine will get you up to 200 mph for 20 minutes if the cops are chasing you; when we revved it up, we hit just north of 90mph. Complete engine details can be found on the Illuminati site here.

Here’s Kevin giving us the tour of the engine compartment:

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