You would still need the same Tesla heavy-duty transmission in a customized Leaf fitted with a Tesla motor. The way it works, a powerful electric motor will still reach high torque levels up to the back-EMF dominated higher RPM area, regardless of the body mass attached to it. The variable here is acceleration only. Accel = Thrust / massLeftieBiker wrote: ↑Mon May 03, 2021 4:36 pmI'm guessing that the other reason the Tesla drive is so much more robust is that the Model S is a substantially heavier car than either the Leaf or the Bolt. It has to push against all that additional mass whenever you step on the accelerator, and the harder you step the more force is being applied to it...
And that would be a Rocket Leaf ! F = MA means the lighter body Leaf would accelerate even faster than a heavier Tesla body. Wider stickier tires like a Tesla has, means it's possible to stuff a Tesla motor in Leaf. You might need some extra battery to supply full amps though. Teslas have 85 to 100 kWH ginormous go-boxes down under with wide parallel banks for high amps.
I wonder if anybody has tried to install a Tesla Model S battery, motor, etc. on the back wheels of a Chevy Silverado, that would be nice. No need for an ICE engine up front either. Big frunk there. Off topic.
I have heard of a Leaf powertrain in a Miata, which produced a fun hot-rod.