In recent years, more and more vehicles are of the front-wheel drive type, with the Ford Focus being no exception. German firm Schaeffler has elected to convert a Ford Fiesta into a rear-wheel drive, fully-electric car.
Utilizing wheel hub motors in its conversion, the driving dynamics of the car have been completely changed; perhaps a good way to attract more people to patronise electric vehicles.
Although the project was not officially carried out by Ford engineers, Schaeffler have some consultation with Ford for the project. The Ford Fiesta, a common sub-compact vehicle utilizing front-wheel like most other cars, was selected as Ford’s main vehicle in the electric vehicle segment, the Focus Electric, has not being doing so well.
Still, a Fiesta that is both rear-wheel drive and fully electric sounds like a practical and fun solution. The fully electric Fiesta features hub motors mounted on the wheels, similar to the Protean design. The motors are also liquid cooled with a 90 horsepower capacity, and torque of more than 500 ft-lbs.
Thus far, the adoption of electric vehicles have at best been below expectations and even marketing them as equivalent to conventional vehicles does not seem to be doing any better. Perhaps a different approach, such as this rear-wheel vehicle with its fun-based design could reap better rewards? Maybe, but the days of spinning rear wheels leaving behind a trail of smoke may yet be with us again.