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Want a hybrid 911 but can't wait until next year? The Tedson Daydream Might be The Answer

If you're a Porsche enthusiast who craves a hybrid 911 but can't wait until 2025, the Tedson Daydream offers a bespoke solution. This Croatian restomod combines the classic 911 experience with modern hybrid technology, delivering electrifying performance

Croatia, a land known for its stunning coastlines and picturesque villages, recently emerged as an unexpected epicenter of electric vehicle (EV) innovation, thanks to the groundbreaking work of Mate Rimac. But if you thought Rimac was the only electrifying thing to come out of Croatia, think again. While Porsche enthusiasts eagerly await the official arrival of the 911 Hybrid next year, there's another, more bespoke path to experiencing a hybridized 911s all wrapped in a classic air-cooled form factor that's if you are comfortable with the idea of parting with over $450K for the experience.

Enter Tedson, a Croatian outfit that specializes in crafting exquisite restored Porsches. Unlike Singer, which focuses primarily on early 911s and G-body models, Tedson sets its sights on the 964 generation. Their process involves meticulous 3D scanning of an original 964, followed by a carbon fiber recreation that smooths out imperfections and elevates the classic design to 21st-century standards.

Hybrid Porsche 911 - Tedson DaydreamTedson Daydream: Electrifying a Classic Icon

  • Base: 1990-1994 Porsche 911 (964 generation)
  • Body: Meticulously recreated in carbon fiber, retaining the classic 911 silhouette with a modern touch.
  • Engine: Remastered air-cooled 4.0-liter flat-six, producing 385 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque.
  • Hybrid System: Vonnen Shadow Drive with a 150-horsepower electric motor and a 1kWh battery.
  • Combined Output: 533 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque in "Sport" and "Overboost" modes.
  • Performance: 0-60 mph in 2.8 seconds (estimated).
  • Technology: MoTeC M1 series ECU, dual MoTeC PDMs, and Bosch components for a state-of-the-art electrical system.
  • Customization: Bespoke interior options with a wide range of materials and finishes to suit individual preferences.
  • Weight Savings: 15 kg (33 lbs) reduction due to the removal of the standard battery.

But what truly sets the Tedson Daydream apart is its innovative hybrid drivetrain. At its core sits a remastered version of the original air-cooled 3.6-liter flat-six. Now displacing 4.0 liters and featuring fully built and forged internals, this naturally aspirated engine churns out 385 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. However, the real magic lies in the electric motor nestled between the engine and the transaxle.

This electric motor, developed in collaboration with Vonnen (a branch of Elephant Racing), adds a substantial 150 horsepower and instant torque to the mix. The result is a combined output of 533 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, delivered with the immediacy and smoothness of an electric motor and the visceral engagement of an air-cooled flat-six.

Hybrid Porsche 911 - Tedson DaydreamTechnical Brilliance: A Fusion of Old and New

The Tedson Daydream isn't just about power; it's a showcase of cutting-edge technology integrated into a classic Porsche chassis. A new high-tech electrical system featuring a MoTeC M1 series Engine Control Unit (ECU) and dual MoTeC Power Distribution Modules (PDMs) replaces the outdated wiring harness and fuses. Bosch components further enhance the system's reliability and efficiency.

A compact 1 kWh battery tucked neatly into the front trunk for optimal weight distribution and a low center of gravity powers the electric motor and other electrical components. By eliminating the need for a standard battery, the Daydream sheds 15 kilograms (roughly 33 pounds) of weight which is a welcome reduction for a performance-oriented machine.

Vonnen's Shadow Drive hybrid system is the secret sauce that seamlessly blends electric power with the 911's iconic flat-six. In "Standard" mode, the Daydream relies on the engine alone, delivering a respectable 390 horsepower and 315 lb-ft of torque. But switch to "Sport" or "Overboost" mode, and the electric motor unleashes its full fury, boosting total output to a staggering 540 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque. This translates to a 0-60 mph time of just 2.8 seconds which is quicker than most modern 911s and bordering on hypercar territory.

Hybrid Porsche 911 - Tedson DaydreamPagani Levels of Craftsmanship for an Old-School 911

Tedson's commitment to creating the dream 911 as the CEO Goran Turić describes it, is aimed at encapsulating his vision of the perfect reinterpretation of the air-cooled 911 which extends beyond the powertrain. Case in point is the attention to detail that goes into creating the bespoke interior of the Daydream, where every detail is meticulously tailored to the owner's preferences. Choose from a range of hand-picked materials all intended to be a perfect blend of retro and exclusivity, from supple leather to exposed carbon fiber. The gauges and switchgear exude a level of quality and attention to detail that rivals even the most exotic supercars. It's a harmonious blend of classic 911 aesthetics and modern luxury and it certainly makes its occupants feel special while somewhat justifying paying close to half a million dollars for what's essentially an old 911.

A Glimpse into the Future of Restomods

The Tedson Daydream isn't merely a one-off curiosity; it's a sign of the times. As the automotive industry grapples with the transition to electrification, restomodders like Tedson are finding innovative ways to bridge the gap between the past and the future. The Daydream proves that electrifying a classic car doesn't have to mean sacrificing its character or soul. It can enhance the driving experience in ways that were previously unimaginable.

The success of the Vonnen Shadow Drive system, as demonstrated in the Daydream, opens up a world of possibilities for hybrid restomods. Imagine if classic Porsches, Ferraris, and Jaguars were all upgraded with electric power to boost their performance and cut emissions. This could be an exciting idea for car enthusiasts who want to enjoy their vintage cars more sustainably in places like London and California where hybrid drivetrains might soon become a necessity to circumvent the ever stricter regulations.

Hybrid Porsche 911 - Tedson Daydream

The Vonnen Shadow Drive system may be expensive and somewhat unjustified for some people, but it's a big step forward in updating classic cars. It shows how dedicated car fans are finding new ways to keep their favorite old cars from becoming outdated and given how quickly the restomod industry is picking up speed and how the classic collector car market is becoming a form of investment, the price tag might be justified. As technology keeps improving, we'll probably see more creative hybrid and electric classic cars on the road. This will give vintage cars new life and make sure that people can keep enjoying driving them for a long time.

The Tedson Daydream is more than just a car. It symbolizes hope for classic car enthusiasts, showing that passion, creativity, and the pursuit of driving perfection still have a place in the automotive industry, even as it shifts towards electrification. Whether you prefer traditional cars or modern technology, the Daydream is a reminder that the future of driving is bright, even with a touch of electric magic.
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Author Bio

Bhavik Sreenath is an automotive expert, writer, and founder of Motolog Studio. With a Master's in Automotive Journalism and experience in publications like Bodyshop Magazine, he delivers compelling stories about the cars we love. From designing magazine layouts to reporting on eco-conscious practices, he brings a multifaceted perspective to automotive writing. His experience in Automotive Journalism makes him a vocal voice for car enthusiasts and industry insiders. Follow Bhavik on XLinkedInInstagram, and Facebook, to stay in touch and up-to-date with the latest EV and battery development news.