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800 HP TESLA-SWAPPED SQUARE BODY CHEVY PICKUP DOES THE ELECTRIC BOOGALOO

This ’85 Chevy C10 Has a Shocking Secret.

Tesla Swapped Chevrolet Chevy C10 Electric Pickup Truck Toyo Treadpass SEMA 2021 Show

There’s a rumor going around that the 2021 edition of the SEMA Show was the first to be officially sponsored by NV Energy, with a new long-term sponsorship deal of the aftermarket specialty show seemingly imminent. It’s easy enough to believe, as SEMA 2021 has been marked by an explosion of modified and custom-built electric vehicles on display from both major automakers and specialty shops. And if the Ford F-100 Eluminator electric muscle truck tickled you in all the right places, then just wait until you get a look at this electric 1985 Chevrolet C10 Square Body pickup that’s now packing the heart of a Tesla Model S.

Coming out of Boca Raton, Florida, the crew down at Salvage to Savage procured themselves a pair of drive motors from a wrecked Tesla Model S, and then juiced it with the battery pack from a Model 3. The whole package is supposed to deliver 800 horsepower and like 4,000 lb-ft of torque when full deployment is engaged.

Like the F-100 Eluminator build, the electric Chevy truck’s cab sits atop a custom ladder frame chassis built around the Tesla Model S battery pack. The wishbone front suspension was designed in-house and looks to be using Corvette knuckles, spindles, and control arms. Stopping services are provided by six-piston Wilwood brakes biting on ridiculous 18-inch rotors.

The rear of the Tesla-swapped Chevrolet C10 also features a multi-link suspension design with ultra-aggressive custom-made suspension perches integrated into the chassis. KW adjustable coil-overs meant for a C5 Corvette spring the thing front and back.

Aesthetically, the Tesla-swapped Chevy C10 electric pickup truck SEMA Show vehicle is painted in matte-satin army green, with an infinity light box in the tailgate that makes you feel like you’re on acid and mushrooms at the same time.  A set of hand-laid carbon fiber widebody fenders cover up the electric Square Body’s wider stance. Of minor note, it’s absurd those fenders are attached using a series of countersunk Allen head machine screws instead of just dzusing it like they should have.

Tesla Swapped Chevrolet Chevy C10 electric squarebody pickup truck SEMA 2021 Show

The completely custom interior includes a huge Tesla-style touchscreen for accessing and monitoring various systems, along with a set of Status Racing bucket seats with camo inserts. Apparently, this truck has some kind of a transmission because there’s a clutch in it, along with a Sikky hydraulic handbrake.

Get used to it now, because this scene isn’t going away. But don’t worry, we still have big blocks.

Written by Michael Accardi

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