An electric car company has created a Porsche 356 lookalike to show off its newest chassis technology.

Watt Electric Vehicle Company out of the U.K. built this one-off machine based on a 1955 Porsche 356A, and although it’s quite pretty, the real reason for its existence is to show off the company’s new modular skateboard chassis, dubbed Passenger and Commercial EV Skateboard (PACES).

The chassis features a 40-kW battery pack that provides up to 370 km (230 miles) of range based on the European test cycle, and weighs just less than a ton. That’s pretty good for an electric car; for a weekend runabout, that’s not bad at all.

Because the batteries are placed under the floor, the chassis has a 50-50 weight distribution, something even Porsche itself can’t boast. While the current configuration is meant to be a rear-engine rear-drive style of vehicle, the modular nature of the platform allows for front-wheel-drive, front-engine, mid-engine, all-wheel-drive, or any other variant you can imagine.

Using a Porsche body is certain to garner the attention of many, but the reality is almost any vehicle shell could be placed upon the chassis; in fact, that’s kind of the point. Thanks to the Low Volume Motor Vehicle Manufacturers Act of 2015, small manufacturers are allowed to build a small production run of specialty vehicles, and with a modular EV chassis, the opportunities for them to do so are endless.



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