If you’ve owned or been around classic British cars, you have heard all the jokes about the Prince of Darkness. But banish Lucas from your thoughts, because RBW’s reimagined MG B roadster has very little to do with its ancestors of questionable reliability—and dubious positive grounding. Yes, this is superficially an electrified MG B, but it also isn’t. That sounds like an oxymoron but bear with us.
For one, that’s an MG B shell, yes, but not a vintage one. The RBW Roadsters utilize the reproduction body shells from British Motor Heritage, which are normally used to re-shell the rotted bodies of classic MG Bs. Things diverge even further from the classic model under this EV’s skin. For one, the electric motor is located in the rear of the car, cradled in a custom subframe. Meanwhile, a lithium-ion battery pack goes under the hood.
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One of the awesome things to come out of the Covid lockdown was our Patent approval for the RBW System. “One of the benefits of the RBW system “Patent p: 1906698.4” is weight distribution and space management – electric motor at the rear, batteries under the bonnet, near 50:50 weight distribution gives a fantastic drive, yet affords maximum battery volume to be housed in a “vehicle specific battery boxes” be that MG, Eytpe and others, with a new high voltage harness and low voltage harness designed by Continental Engineering Services we now have a proven quality ‘system’ that meets the latest standards and achieved the original desire of being a ‘world leader’ in building new and converting high value Classic Sports Cars.” Checkout the rbwevcars.com website for further information. #technology #design #leaders #evcars #electriccars #electricvehicle #electricclassic #patentapproved
The suspension is unique to the RBW. It’s fully independent at both ends and utilizes coilovers at each corner. There’s regenerative braking, as well as conventional OE-style disc brakes. RBW claims the car has a near 50-50 weight distribution, so that’s a promising sign for the car’s handling characteristics.
While the look is purposefully vintage, the RBW is actually all-new—a combination of custom bits, off-the-shelf modern components, and reproduction items such as the bodyshell. Given the United Kingdom’s increasingly stringent urban polluter tolls, this might be a very attractive option for an emissions-free classic motoring experience.
RBW will build 30 of the EV Roadsters and claims the powertrain components can also be retrofitted to other classic sports car body shells, including Austin Healeys, Jaguar E-Types, and even vintage Minis. The EV Roadster starts at around $116,000 at today’s exchange rates and will enter production early next year.
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