Chassis and body shell

The assembly process begins with the 356 Speedster chassis and body kit from Special Editions. The replica fiberglass shell has been painted red at the factory, and other finishes - like the carpeted cockpit and soft convertible top - have already been installed.

However, the car has no transmission, engine, gas tank, suspension, brakes, wheels, or completed wiring.

  Speedster body shell from Special Editions

At this stage, the chassis is mounted on a roller frame until a suspension system and wheels are installed.

To handle the added weight of the lithium battery cells, heavy duty coil-over shocks in the front and rear are required. Otherwise, the suspension, based on VW Beetle parts, is identical to the gas-powered version.

The lithium electric 356 is outfitted with a special 4-speed racing transaxle designed to handle the higher torque output of the electric motor. In addition, LED lights are used to reduce the overall current load.

  Body shell with suspension installed