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RW Speedster Electric

Today’s modern driver certainly loves a great ride. But he or she may also be concerned about a host of other issues, such as gas prices, the environment, and sustainability. Now you can have it all in one stylish package!

356 Speedster Style Adapted to Modern Times

Enjoy our classically inspired Speedster while cruising down the road using the power of electricity. The new RW Speedster Electric project was a collaborative effort with EV West, and our component car is engineered for compatibility with their lithium ion battery powertrain.

We started with our standard RW Speedster and our objectives were simple:

  • Modify our Speedster to accept the EV West conversion kit and provide an efficient package, excellent performance, a 100-mile driving range, an easy build, and a fun drive.
  • As always, pricing was included as a design factor.
  • We included other key components such as a regeneration brake scheme inserted in the brake system, fly-by-wire electric throttle pedal, and gauges to monitor everything.

Get your RW Speedster Electric from our Store today as Builder, Deluxe or Roller Kit or call for more details. We’re taking orders now!

Own, Build and Drive this new classic – the RW Speedster Electric from Rock West Racing!

Porsche, 356, 356 Speedster and Porsche Speedster are trademarks owned by Dr. Ing. h.c. F. Porsche Aktiengesellschaft. Porsche is not affiliated with Rock West Racing.



  • Lightweight fiberglass body as per our standard RW Speedster but with a battery box behind the driver and passenger seats
  • Tubular steel chassis modified to accept battery packs directly behind the cockpit seats. The batteries are supported by and mounted to a steel structure incorporated into the chassis. Additionally, the batteries are protected from the environment by a fiberglass battery box integrated with the chassis and body.
  • The Speedster Electric uses a standard VW 4 speed transaxle (IRS Type)
  • Front suspension is VW Torsion Arm Beam with ride height adjusters
  • Rear suspension is VW Independent Rear Suspension (IRS) included in chassis
  • Body size and contours very similar to the original Porsche

Specifications and Performance

  • Complete vehicle weight: 1,860 lbs | 844kg
  • Acceleration: 0 to 60 MPH calculated to be 5 – 6 seconds
  • Range: up to 100 miles
  • Top Speed: 110 MPH
  • Height to windscreen: 48” | 121cm
  • Length: 144” | 356cm
  • Width: 65” | 165cm
  • Wheel base: 84” | 213cm
  • Track – front & rear: 52” | 132cm
  • Steering: Left-hand std (right-hand optional)

Power Train

  • Batteries
    • 8 each, lithium ion battery packs. These are repurposed battery packs manufactured by Tesla which have the highest electron density of any commercially made battery in the world.
    • 120 volts, 24 kWh capacity
    • Total Weight: 336 pounds
  • Controller
    • Curtis 1238-7601 (inverter)
    • Maximum output voltage: 96 volts
    • Features regenerative braking and vehicle idle functions
    • Liquid cooled
  • Motor
    • HPEVS AC-50
    • Type AC induction: Brushless
    • Operates in a 72–108 volt range
    • Produces up 71 horse power and 120 ft lb of torque
    • 10,000 RPM maximum / 5,000 RPM continuous
    • Thermal cooling: Internal Fan
  • Other
    • Charge cycle: 8 hours from 100% depletion
    • 12 volt battery required for lighting, gauges, radio

Builder Kit

Intended for those individuals who wish to build a car with their own components, expertise and innovation. This Builder Kit is specific to the electric power train.

Builder Kit includes:

  • Fiberglass body integrated to the steel chassis
  • Chassis includes:
    • Pedal assembly mount
    • Clutch cable tube
    • E-brake cable tubes
    • Shift linkage mounts
    • Clamp brackets for front suspension
    • Rear suspension IRS housing
    • Heater input tubes
    • Throttle cable tube
  • Battery pack support structure and environmental close-out
  • Modified engine bay and motor cover
  • Steering column (installed)
  • Doors, rear deck lid and hood are fitted, hinged, and latched. Release mechanisms and cables installed.
  • Body molding part-lines and flashings are removed.

Not included:

  • Hole drilling for switches, lights, gauges, etc.
  • Front suspension beam
  • Rear suspension torsion bars and trailing arms
  • Bumpers or seats

These features are available as upgrades, along with other component options.

Deluxe Kit

Intended for those who desire to build their car without having to source components themselves and who would also like to take advantage of some pre-fitting by the Rock West Racing factory.

Deluxe Kit includes:

  • Builder Kit
  • Body will be drilled for gauges, switches, lights, horn grills, trim, mirrors, windshield
  • Front beam suspension with ride height adjustment, re-conditioned, German
  • New spindles: standard drop, drum brake style
  • New steering box, steering shaft coupler and mounting hardware
  • New tie rods with ends, pitman arm, steering damper, and hardware
  • Rear suspension torsion bars, trailing arms, bearings, bushings, stub axles & hardware
  • Wire harness
  • Gauge set: specific to the requirement of the electric power train, era recreations made by VDO
  • Switches and switch knobs: black or ivory
  • Steering wheel: wood rimmed aluminum
  • Steering wheel adapter and horn button
  • Horn
  • Windshield assembly
  • Wiper assembly and motor
  • Aero mirrors (2) and center mirror
  • Interior and exterior door handles, hood handle
  • Engine grill and gasket (rear deck lid)
  • Head light assembly with clear lenses
  • Head lamp and bulb
  • Horn grills and gaskets
  • Front signal light assemblies
  • Rear tail light assemblies: Beehive type
  • License plate light/reverse light assembly (shinedown)
  • License plate mounting bracket
  • Pedal assembly: VW type
  • Control cables: throttle, clutch, heater, e-brakes
  • Heater control assembly
  • Shift lever assembly
  • Shift rod assembly
  • E-brake lever assembly
  • Seat belts (lap only)
  • Seats: upholstered in black, tan, or red vinyl
  • Dash upholstery and trim
  • Door panels and caps upholstered
  • Rear cockpit surround upholstered
  • Carpet set: square weave German wool with edge binding. Charcoal, red or tan (standard)

Not included in the standard price, but available as options:

  • Brake system
  • Wheel bearings
  • Wheels and tires
  • Transaxle
  • Tonneau cover
  • Convertible top
  • Body/paint work


The Roller is for the individual who has a vision but does not want to carry out the execution and management of a build. For this individual Rock West Racing will paint, assemble and trim out a Speedster Electric to whatever configuration is desired and will also manage the installation of the electric drive train.

Roller includes:

  • Deluxe Kit
  • Additional standard components
      ○ Car assembly hardware, hydraulic lines, fuel lines, etc.
      ○ Transaxle – refurbished VW type 1 (Rancho Performance Transaxles)
      ○ Brakes – VW disc brakes, 4 wheel, 4 bolt lug pattern, operational
      ○ Wheels – Super Beetle four bolt, painted silver
      ○ Tires – Pirelli P4 radial black wall
  • Electric drive train installation management
  • Body work
    • Body paint, non-metallic two part system – color base and clear top coat, wet sanded and polished
  • Car assembly
    • Mechanical
    • Electrical
    • Trim

Not included in the standard price, but available as options:

  • Convertible top with side curtains
  • Tonneau cover

Options and Accessories

All custom requests are welcome.
Wide-Five disc brake assembly (compete car) — $310
Wide-Five wheels – silver, China MFG — N/C
Wide-Five wheels – silver, USA MFG — $744
Wilwood, disc brake/aluminum hub, assembly (5 lug modern) — $1,800
Roll bar – single hoop, silver paint — $580
4 Point racing seat belt set (one set per seat) — $138
Convertible top with side curtains — $1,900
Tonneau cover — $560
Leather upholstery upgrade — $1,200
Banjo steering wheel and hub assembly — $380
MOMO steering wheel – leather wrapped — $180
Bumper overriders — Call for pricing
Custom paint, mixes, metallic, pearls, stripes… — Call for Pricing
Wheel paint – color matched — $600
Conformal racing mirrors – period styling — $345

Product Data Sheet

Please note that pricing has changed and is dependent up the options selected for your unique vehicle.
RW Speedster Electric Data Sheet

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