When Hypercraft goes to big events like the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, PRI Show in Indianapolis, or the Velocity Invitational at Laguna Seca Raceway, we know we’ve got some serious logistics to overcome to make an exciting showing. So when we planned to attend the Salt Lake City Autorama just 30 minutes from Hypercraft HQ, right here in our own backyard, the only planning we did was about how best to kick up our feet and relax.
That was a mistake.
It actually takes quite a bit of effort to round up and transport nearly $1,000,000 worth of show-quality and track-ready vehicles — even when you’re sourcing them locally from Utah manufacturers who are also Hypercraft customers. But thankfully, those manufacturers and customers also happen to be friends, and together, we were able to bring together a collection of Hypercraft-powered electric vehicles so good, we didn’t even have space for signage in our own booth on the show floor.
Kindig-It Design might be a shop you’ve heard of considering they’ve got their own TV show that’s been running for nine seasons now. On display, in unmissable bright red paint, was Dave Kindig’s personal Kindig E CF1 — a carbon-fiber-bodied work of art they designed and created in house with inspiration from the ‘53 Corvette. It’s powered by a complete Hypercraft electric powertrain system consisting of dual rear electric motors and custom battery enclosure. The red one is Dave’s, but if you want one, E CF1s are for sale for discerning buyers.
Next, standing tall in the center of the booth was the BC Customs SXV. It looks like a UTV side-by-side that’s been getting workout tips from WWE allstars, but in reality it was designed from the ground up to be a military-spec combat vehicle. Powered initially by a Cummins 4-cylinder diesel, BC Customs asked Hypercraft to create and ADD a completely standalone electric drive system to offer special operators the option of running silent on EV power for the last few miles of sensitive missions. This don’t-call-it-a-hybrid hybrid-powered monster is rated and ready to be dropped from your choice of military cargo aircraft, so look for it at a battlefield near you.
Did we save the best for last? Some might say yes. Sierra Cars has been a long time partner and customer of Hypercraft, and their Hypercraft-powered electric ECHO has been a long time in the making. With standard motor offerings of either a Yamaha Raptor 700R motor, or a turbocharged Suzuki Hayabusa with double the displacement, the electric ECHO couldn’t afford to be mistaken as a golf cart. So Hypercraft installed a custom EV drive system with a 300hp, 500Nm electric motor and dual HyperPack 10kWh batteries to make sure it could keep pace with its petrol-powered siblings. Is it fast? Well it’s headed to the 101st running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb this June at the hand of a famous driver you might be familiar with — so we think so.
If you missed the show, there’s always next year.
And that’s it for this post, but not for the Hypercraft story. Lots more vehicles, more performance, and more big news coming soon.