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Everrati’s Land Rover Series IIA and Porsche 964, road-tested


Everrati have cleverly mirrored the 964’s torque map, so rather than getting that Ludicrous Tesla interstellar acceleration it serves up a more familiar progression of speed, so it’s close to its original dynamic character, but still hits 60mph in sub-four seconds. Power is 500bhp, and overall it’s 20kg lighter than the original car thanks to carbon fibre body panels. The weight ratio is bang on the traditional 40:60 front/rear recipe, but the centre of gravity is lower as per all EVs. The tail-end is more planted than usual, which will reassure your policy provider, but it still knows how to party. We drove it in monsoon conditions and it was lively but remained controlled. It has electronically adaptable suspension with different drives selected by touch screen. The most banzai is known as the ‘Tim Harvey setting’, given the 1992 British Touring Car Champion undertook testing duties.

The approach taken here is miles apart from Singer, which also re-engineers 964s, but does so to make them look and feel more retro, while ensuring Fabergé levels of bespoke detail and design flair. Singer, which rebuilds and upgrades the air-cooled flat-six, seeks donor cars that are rear-wheel-drive, manual and hard-top. Everrati look for less expensive Tiptronic C2s and C4s, and will take a convertible or Targa. “We swim in different pools”, says Chief Operating Officer Nick Williams. “We’ll work with less loved cars, not holy grail cars.”

All Everratis are low volume. The Landie is expected to be a bestseller at up to three cars a month. The company aren’t releasing sales figures, but we understand they’ve sold around nine cars across all models so far in the UK, Europe and USA. They’re embarking on a Series A fundraising round, following a friends and family investment, to solidify their financial position, and will soon announce new facilities and a manufacturing workshop in the USA in order to expand the business and cut down its carbon footprint. The company will also consider re-engineering lower value classics.

One of Everrati’s customers, we’re told, is a sustainable tech billionaire in his mid-30s who lives in Silicon Valley. His dad had a Porsche 964 when he was growing up, but the son felt he could never be seen to own a sports car himself because of his green credentials… until now.

Tesla has fitted its cars with some amusing gimmicks, but they all look the same. Other manufacturers are offputtingly earnest. The danger is the new car market starts to look like a fridge freezer sale – all identical white goods, and no fun to be had. Everrati proves electric cars can still be a laugh.

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