A regular Tesla with all the bells and whistles produces 532 horsepower. This is enough to literally scare people shitless, or thoroughly embarrass the crotchiest of crotch-rockets. So why would you hack yourself together a 1,000hp custom electric vehicle? Because speed is a drug, and 1,000 all-electric horsepower is a great middle finger to the internal combustion engine.

Jason Hughes is well known within the EV community as a Tesla hacker. He retrofitted an Autopilot system to and older Tesla Model S, but his new project is way more ambitious. He’s planning on fitting a Tesla drivetrain and Chevy Volt batteries into some kind of non-electric vehicle, quite possibly an old Mitsubishi.


Electrek got the details on Hughes’ upcoming build, which promises to be quite something. He’s using two Tesla performance drive units — basically, the business end of a Model S P90D — and putting both of them in one vehicle. Two Chevy Volt batteries will be supported by six Tesla battery modules, with a custom controller hooked up to control the whole thing.

Hughes already put a video of a test of the drive units and controller up on his YouTube, so in theory, the hard electrical engineering should already be done. According to Hughes’s estimates, the car should have a 120-150 mile range, not bad for a 1,000hp beast.

Electrek thinks the final car is going to be a Mitsubishi 3000GT. It will look inconspicuous enough that it should burn anyone at the lights — assuming Hughes can upgrade a 200hp car to take a thousand, that is.

Chris Mills has loved tinkering with technology ever since he worked out how to defeat the parental controls on his parents' internet. He's blogged his way through Apple events and SpaceX launches ever since, and still keeps a bizarre fondness for the Palm Pre.