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Automotive Engineering has Improved Since the 1950s: a Tesla Swap into a Jaguar Mk V is the Definition of Juxtaposition

Posted September 27, 2021 7:34 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: jaguar tesla

Matt Brown is not your typical modern automotive engineer. Though adept at working in a corporate and even a tech environment, judging from the business jargon and CAD elements he throws into his videos, he's also happy to blow apart old cars and use his training to figure out how to adapt modern automotive technology, parts, and processes to them.

For his latest project, he seemingly intentionally chose to merge two vehicles with the widest possible technological gulf between them: a Tesla Model 3 and a 1950 Jaguar Mark V 3-1/2 liter. They're both rear-wheel drive and have four wheels, but that's about where the similarities between them end. Over more than two dozen videos in (five months into a three-month project, as he put it), he's guided us through the differences between the two cars' systems and what it takes to adapt or bypass those systems to make the components of the two cars live in harmony.

Even if you think it's sacrilege to electromod a Jaguar Mark V, even if you have zero interest in electric vehicles, this is still a worthwhile series to watch if for nothing else than to see a professional engineer approach and solve intricate problems without the benefit of a multimillion-dollar research and development budget.

Watch more highlights from this video series.

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