Restomods are extremely popular! These are usually Classic cars with modernized technology. The Porsche specialist Singer should meanwhile not only be known to die-hard car fans. In cooperation with the rally cracks from Tuthill Porsche, the American company has just presented the Singer ACS based on the 964, which was created for desert races. But besides Singer there are many other small series manufacturers who earn their money with Restomods. Mechatronics has been in business with its M-SL series based on the Mercedes Pagoda since the 1990s. Just like Singer, Guntherwerks takes care of the Porsche 911. Automobili Amos has reissued the legendary Lancia Delta Integrale as Delta Futurista and the British company Eagle reinterprets the iconic Jaguar E-Type in different versions. And these are just a few of the well-known addresses for restomods!
• Restomod based on the Alfa Romeo GT Junior • Optics based on Giulia GTAm • Carbon body • Electric drive with 525 PS (386 kW) power • 980 Nm maximum torque • 0-100 in 3.4 seconds • Top speed: 245 km / h • range of up to 360 kilometers • 1270 kilos weight • completely customizable • small series of 20 pieces to be delivered from 2022 • unit price from 430,000 euros
They all have one thing in common: they care about automotive legends. When people talk about such icons, one brand must of course not be missing and that is Alfa Romeo. With the GTA-R from the experts at Alfaholics, there is an Alfa-based Restomod, largely made of carbon. But now a new name comes into play: Totem Automobili. The young Italian start-up was founded in 2018 by designer Riccardo Quaggio and worked for over two years on his first project crafted. Around 6,000 hours of work went into the design alone. The result is that Totem Giulia GT Electric. As the name suggests, it is a fully electric version of the Giulia GTA.
Electric motor instead of in-line four-cylinder
Now you could say that there are already numerous electrical restomods and that is undoubtedly correct. Totem Automobili’s approach, however, is different: The Italians don’t just throw out the four-cylinder in the original GTAm with up to 240 hp and replace it with one Electric drivebut rebuild the entire car with an insane love of detail. In the end, the Totem GT Electric is immediately recognizable as an Alfa, although original parts are rarely used. The new edition is based on an original Alfa GT Junior 1300/1600 built between 1970 and 1975. This is completely dismantled down to the chassis before Totem gets to work. In the end, only ten percent of the original chassis remains, the rest is made by Totem from aluminum.
Only 1270 kilos thanks to the carbon body
The body of the 4.08 meter long and 1.76 meter wide GT Electric is made of carbon and should weigh only 95 kilos. The Italians put the total weight at just 1270 kilos – despite the electric drive. Visually, the Restomod is a feast for the eyes that is deliberately reminiscent of the GTAm. The first work by Totem is modern and yet classic, reduced to the essentials. The right keyword is reduced: the designers left out bumpers – after all, GTAm didn’t have them either. In addition, there is an incredibly fine feeling for details. The filigree exterior mirrors are based on the original just like the round headlights and taillights. Typically Restomod, these are lifted into the modern with LED technology – after all, we are in the year 2021.
It continues with the 17-inch alloy wheels in the classic Alfa design, which are covered with Continental tires and perfectly match the clean look. A Brembo brake system with 354 millimeter discs on the front axle and 328 millimeter discs on the rear axle is installed behind it. On request, Totem can even offer an even larger brake system. A Bilstein Clubsport coilover kit is installed as standard, which can be adjusted in compression and rebound. You already notice: Totem doesn’t do things by halves. The GT Electric should not only look good, it should also drive well. At 525 PS (386 kW) and 980 Nm maximum torque isn’t that a bad idea.
0-100 km / h in 3.4 seconds
The drive of the GT Electric is very modern. The 386 kW electric motor is powered by a 330 kilo battery pack 50.4 kWh capacity fed. The electric range gives totem maximum 360 kilometers on, fast charging shouldn’t be a problem either. As expected, the acceleration is impressive: with Launch Control, the GT Electric sprints in 3.4 seconds at country road speed. The top speed should be 245 km / h – not bad for an electric car.
But reducing the GT Electric to the sheer numbers would not be fair. In addition to the fusion of the classic look with a modern drive, it is above all about a lot of attention to detail. For example, Totem has developed a special sound generator that should ensure the most realistic engine sound possible and also convince car fans. There is already a small audio sample on the manufacturer’s homepage.
Interior with a lot of leather
In the interior, it was particularly important to the Italians not to have a futuristic cockpit in the spaceship style, but a classic cockpit to create. The back seat flies out, the driver and front passenger take a seat on beautiful carbon shell seats that are spartanically covered with leather strips. Apart from the seats, Totem has not skimped on leather: the dashboard, center tunnel, door panels, floor mats and more are covered in leather. All other ingredients have also been carefully selected. The steering wheel is a reinterpretation of the Momo classic “Hellebore”, behind it sit two round digital instruments including a navigation system, which fit seamlessly into the straightforward cockpit and the gear selector lever seems to be milled from solid pieces. With all the attention to detail, customers do not have to do without comfort features. In addition to navigation and DAB, Totem promises an outstanding sound system, an alarm system, air conditioning and keyless starting.
Base price from 430,000 euros
Actually, Totem’s first work was supposed to be presented at the Festival of Speed 2020. Due to the cancellation of the event, the Italians had a little more time to perfect the car. Now the pre-series model is ready and should inspire potential customers. Pre-orders for Base price of 430,000 euros are already accepted. However, this price can still rise significantly, because as it should be for a Restomod, the GT Electric is also fully customizable. From The small series, limited to 20 pieces, should be in 2022 be delivered.