One of the easiest, simplest upgrades an owner of any sportscar can make is to upgrade the battery from a fat, heavy lead acid battery, to a light and compact lithium battery. For owners looking to shed every ounce, a lithium battery is the ultimate in lightweight and powerful technology.
Companies are now offering bolt in kits for popular platforms. MotoIQ’s own Project RX-7 Restomod, Project EVO IX, and Project GT3 RS all use off the shelf kits to easily install a lightweight lithium battery. No such kit exists for the Cappuccino. This would require us to design and fabricate our own, just like the owner of a certain Hayabusa powered Miata. We have seen lots of DIY battery installations and it’s amazing some of these cars haven’t burned to the ground! Zip ties, bailing wire, duct tape, and bungee cords are not acceptable battery straps. Self tapping screws are not acceptable for battery terminals. Insufficient mounting can lead to electrical fires when the battery breaks loose and shorts to the chassis. Poor connections will lead to electrical issues, poor running, and dead batteries. Properly sizing and installing a lightweight battery isn’t hard if you do a bit of planning.