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    Fox Mustang - EV Conversion..a SMOKIN "Caylpso Green ELECTRIC Machine"

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    More commonly known as the: McMichael High School Fox Body Mustang EV Conversion


    Electric-Powered Fox Body a Local Phenomenon


    Students at McMichael High School in Mayodan, NC, have been creating quite a stir lately. With their instructor, John Butler, a group of ten students have converted an early Mustang from gasoline to electric power.Butler saw a similar project at the state fair a few years back and set out to recreate it in his school.




    “Classes like these are so important,” Butler told the Greensboro News-Record recently. “Kids learn so much and they don’t even realize it. It doesn’t matter what the project is. Any cool project will get kids interested.”

    Ten students of different ages participated in the buildup, each assigned responsibility for a particular part of the project. Butler, an auto enthusiast himself, donated the Calypso Green Notchback Mustang, which now runs on deep cycle batteries and a nine-inch diameter electric motor.

    With its new internals, the pony car can reach 70 mph, but – of course – that’s not fast enough for the team. They want to increase the battery supply from 96 volts to 156 and future plans call for either a larger electric motor or a second one of the same size.

    Once the car was built, the students began taking it to car shows and electric vehicle competitions. They have won several awards and never tire of showing off their work. Performance remains a strong objective, as the boys are quick to point out that their project is a car, not a golf cart. The Mustang has second place in several categories at a recent EV competition, including slalom racing and a distance test.

    As seen on Stangtv / stangtv.com: http://www.stangtv.com/news/electric...al-phenomenon/

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    The Details of the Build



    The Fox Body Mustang has always been the go to car for fun and unique projects, such as dropping in a Coyote 5.0 engine or working to get 110 MPG using E85 fuel. People just seem to never run out of ways to create a cool project out of a Fox Body Mustang.

    This leads us to McMichael High School, located in Mayodan, NC about an hour north of Greensboro. McMichael has put together an EV team, headed by instructor John Butler, to swap out the stock 5.0 engine inside their 1992 Fox Body and turn it into a purely electric powered vehicle.

    John teaches Technology Education at McMichael, which is a third level tech class built around learning design and engineering. The team consists of students whose expertise range from mechanics, expertise in electronics and those who take care of documenting the process via video. You can read more about this years team on their blog.
    I asked John why he chose a Fox Body Mustang for their project car and it turns out he is a bit of a Mustang enthusiast himself.
    I’ve always loved foxes and any mustang especially 79-04. My personal car is an ’01 cobra. 2 years ago (2009) I had 2 students that wanted to do something they would remember for the rest of their lives. We decided to convert a gasoline car to electric and enter the SMARTT Challenge (Now EV Challenge). – John Butler
    The team paid 300 dollars for the Mustang and ended up selling the 5.0 and AOD transmission for more than that, netting them a free car to start the project with.

    The Mustang

    As you can see from the pictures below, the car has been completely gutted of the old engine. The new engine, an Advanced DC 9″ 4001, weighs in at 151 pounds and can reach a peak of 100hp at 144 volts. The team, however, will only be running 12 8 volt batteries, peaking their horsepower at 70. They expect the range of their Mustang to be around 20-30 miles, so you won’t be taking any road trips in it anytime soon.




    The 12 8 volt batteries need a home, so the team fabricated a mount by cutting out the trunk area, where the spare tire used to sit.





    The power has to get to the engine somehow, so John and the students work on crimping the 2/0 gauge wire.



    None of this would be possible without support from sponsors. One of their major sponsors, LateModelRestoration, has contributed many restoration parts to the project.
    "We did 5 lug conversion, MM (Maximum
    Motorsports) coil over front, AJE Kmember, MM Panhard, MM control Arms, and MM HD springs rear." – John Butler



    On top of that, John and the team also received replacement taillights and completely new carpet.



    Once the Mustang is completed they will be entering it into the SMARTT Challenge, where they will compete against other project cars for awards.

    We can’t wait to see the finished project and we will be following their progress during the SMARTT Challenge.
    You can follow all of their work on their blog Lab306.

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    ELECTRIC FOX - Caught seen at Mustang Week 2011

    5.0 Mustang Mag captured a nice pic of the "Electric Fox" during Mustang Week



    5.0 Mustang & Super Fords Magazine Link: http://www.mustang50magazine.com/eve.../photo_03.html



    Electric Fox Coupe Mustang built by McMichael High School turning a lap at Myrtle Beach speedway on 7-21-11 during Mustang Week 2011.


    McMichael HS - Electric Fox - Mustang Week 2011 - Myrtle Beach Speedway
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    Appeal continues to grow for this sort of Conversion in 2012

    As one fox body Mustang fan (Tristan582 of DIYELECTRICCAR) gets inspired by his Dads TESLA Roadster....

    New to EV conversions want to convert a fox body mustang / I am new to the world of ev vehicles. I was awoken to this by my friends dads new Tesla roadster. It was amazing. I want to convert a 1989 foxbody, 5 speed mustang. Links to items to buy or instructions straight up are GREAT. I know a little about electricity. I don't have the biggest pockets. THANKS!!!!!!!
    Full Story & Details via DIY Electric Car: http://www.diyelectriccar.com/forums...fox-75174.html
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    All-Electric Fox-Body Mustang Up For Grabs

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    These days, just filling up your Mustang for a weekend of cruising can be an expensive proposition. Most of us can’t really justify driving a gas-guzzling V8 Mustang back and forth to work everyday, and unfortunately electric cars are too expensive, and don’t go far enough, to justify the expense. But what if you could have your Mustang minus the costly fuel?


    While perusing Craigslist, we came across this gem of a Mustang down in the Sarasota, Florida area. It’s a 1991 Ford Mustang that has been converted to a 100% electric car, and the asking price is just $4,995. That’s way cheaper than a $40,000 Ford Focus Electric!


    You’d think for almost 10-times the cost, you’d get ten times the range. But with an EPA rated range of just 73 miles, the Focus Electric isn’t exactly what we’d call “long range.” Then again, neither is this electric Mustang, which has approximately 25 miles of range at highway speeds; more if you’re just driving around town, but this is strictly a car for city dwellers.


    But if you live close to work, or just need a cheap city commuter car, this Mustang will cost you just a few cents a day to drive those 25 miles. Just plug it in and recharged the 12 12-volt batteries. Even better, this Mustang EV has a clutchless 5-speed manual transmission.




    Of course, if you’re the tinkering type, a lot of the hard work (including a custom gauge cluster) is already done for you. Upgrade to some better lithium-ion batteries, and you could easily double or triple your range. Upgrade to a bigger electric motor, and it might even feel like a Mustang. At least you’ll be better able to justify that $60 fill-up next time you take your GT out for a cruise.

    Story by STANGTV (Authored by Chris Demorro on August 27, 201): http://www.stangtv.com/news/an-all-e...-up-for-grabs/
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