Mechanic fits Honda Odyssey people mover with Tesla Model S Plaid power

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This 760kW all-wheel-drive electric creation is the ultimate school-run machine.

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A mechanic in the US has fitted a 20-year-old Honda Odyssey family people mover with the dual electric motors – capable of zero to 100km/h in two seconds – from a Tesla Model S Plaid high-performance electric car.

Created by US mechanic and YouTube personality Kyle Wade, the conversion keeps the body of the Honda – but with the battery, motors, and most interior components from the Tesla, including the large centre touchscreen.

The unconventional swap was made possible by the remarkably similar dimensions of the 2001 Honda Odyssey ‘minivan’ – which is a US or Canadian-built model distinct from the Odyssey sold in Australia at that time – and the 2022 Tesla Model S.

Compared to the Odyssey of the era sold outside of North America – which had a smaller engine – the US model has a 3000mm wheelbase (distance between the front and rear wheels), up on the global model’s 2830mm – and was 1920mm wide, significantly larger than the global Odyssey’s 1800mm.

It was these measurements that piqued the interest of Mr Wade, who noted the 760kW Tesla Model S Plaid had a similar footprint, with a 2960mm wheelbase and 1964mm width.

Armed with this, and experience of both modifying Hondas and the Tesla, he has created the so-called ‘Plaidessey’, a 760kW, all-wheel-drive, all-electric Honda people mover with a full Tesla interior and mechanical components.

The mechanic has shared a few images of the build and tests of the ‘Plaidessey’ on his various social media channels, and while the car is far from complete, from the exterior at least the ruse is strong.

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The conversion has kept the battery and motors from the Tesla, along with the majority of the interior elements – including heating and cooling, and the large display in the centre of the dashboard.

The Honda, with some mismatched panels, looks like a regular people mover albeit sitting low on large wheels.

The car’s performance credentials haven’t been tested, but during the build, and while the Tesla was missing much of its bodywork, Mr Wade set a record time across on a quarter-mile (402m) drag-racing strip of 8.71 seconds in the Model S Plaid.

The regular showroom model can complete the same sprint in a claimed 9.23 seconds – which already places it among the world’s quickest cars.

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While he says the Honda’s doors aren’t connected and we cannot see if simple items such as lights and indicators work, it’s an impressive and unique build that shows how versatile the Tesla platform is as a basis for modification.

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