Two different eras of Nissan vehicles collide at the 2022 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show with the reveal of a 1987 Sunny Truck that has been converted to LEAF all-electric power by South Carolina-based Tommy Pike Customs (TPC).
The 1987 Nissan Sunny, owned by TPC owner Tommy Pike, features the electric drive motor and 40-kWh lithium-ion battery pack from a Nissan LEAF. Rated at 147 horsepower and 236 lb-ft of torque, the LEAF motor has around twice the power and more than three times the torque of the gasoline four-cylinder engine originally equipped in the Sunny.
"I bought the Sunny Truck because I thought it was such a cool piece of Nissan history and heritage – especially when I saw it was a right-hand-drive model," said Tommy Pike. "Taking the unexpected step of converting the Sunny to electric power while wrapping it with the Brock Racing Enterprises livery felt like the perfect way to pay homage to Nissan's heritage and modern innovation."
The complete list of modifications to the LEAF-powered Sunny includes:
- Nissan LEAF electric motor conversion with factory-original 56A manual transmission
- Custom CNC-machined motor-to-transmission bellhousing adapter
- "Hakosuka" Skyline widebody kit
- Aluminum battery box
- Custom driveshaft
- LED lighting conversion
- Heavy-duty rear leaf springs and suspension
- Nissan 240SX S13 front suspension conversion, including front coilovers, disc brakes and lower control arms
- Tommy Pike / Peter Brock collaboration custom Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE) "46" livery
- Custom user interface display designed by Clemson University ICAR
- TPC custom-designed and handcrafted interior with Laedana material by Tesca
- 17-inch Rotiform wheels
- 205/45/17 Toyo Extensa tires
Find more details about other Nissan 2022 SEMA Show debuts in the main event release.
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