GM is pivoting to all-electric powertrains, which means big changes for a number of classic GM nameplates. Indeed, even the vaunted Chevy Corvette is destined for electrification, as GM Authority covered previously. Now, however, it looks like skateboarding legend Tony Hawk has beat GM to the punch with his full-EV 1964 Vette, as seen in the following feature video.
Hawk recently paid a visit to Jay Leno to give the former Tonight Show host a chance to check it out for himself. This particular example hails from the 1964 model year, and was outfitted with a new electric powertrain courtesy of California-based EV conversion specialist EV West. Of course, you wouldn’t know that latter bit just glancing at this thing while parked. Pop the hood, though, and you’ll notice the 327 V8 is missing, replaced by a modern EV battery pack juicing a rear-mounted, single-speed Tesla drive unit. Output from the setup is rated at roughly 300 horsepower.
“I don’t think the Corvette purists are gonna like this very much,” Hawk admits. “But I’ve never been one to hold on to just all the original parts, even though we still have them.”
Interestingly, nothing on the car was cut to accommodate the conversion, and apparently, the old ICE components can be refitted at any time, if desired.
After a brief walkaround, Hawk and Leno climb into the cabin and take the all-electric 1964 Corvette for a drive. All in all, Hawk says the steering, handling, and ride are quite familiar – the only real difference is the lack of a V8 rumble and the unsatisfied urge to row some gears.
Check out the full feature video right here:
Of course, we’d be remiss if we didn’t at least mention the inevitable arrival of the new Chevy Corvette C8 E-Ray, which is slated to offer a hybrid-electric drivetrain and all-wheel drive, straying even further from the original Corvette formula and surely spurring on an outpouring of opinions from the purists. Interesting times, indeed.