Say what you want about electric cars, but by now we have to agree that this is the real future. Car manufacturers are one by one moving away from internal combustion engines in favor of electrification. And it remains to be seen whether this will do any good for the environment or not in the long run. The fact is, the automotive industry has never been more dynamic than in the last 5 to 10 years. Personally, I have little experience with an electric car, but I know one thing and everyone always talks about two things; Power, and range. One didn’t necessarily go hand in hand with the other in the early days of the power surge, but things have changed since then. These days you can get fast but boring family saloons or SUVs or high-powered ridiculously expensive EV hypercars packed with electric motors and batteries and everything in between. But if you’re looking to be right fun In a car, and want it to produce zero exhaust fumes in the process? The new Meyers Manx 2.0 EV might just be for you!
If you check the Meyers Manx website, the car’s creator, Bruce F. The Manx story is summed up with the mayor’s quote; “I’m an artist and I wanted to bring a sense of movement and gesture to Manx. Dune buggies have a message: fun. They’re playful to drive and look like that. Nothing was done at the time.” It perfectly sums up everything Meyers Monks was and still is. It’s about true motoring fun, experiences that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Of course, there is much more to the Monks story (as we explained earlier) but we’ll take you through the basics once again. Bruce Meyers had no experience building cars but relied on his boatbuilding skills to create what would become a symbol of freedom for many. Built between 1964 and 1971, the Meyers Manx is perhaps the most famous and most beloved beach car ever made. It uses the underpinnings of the humble Volkswagen Beetle, including a boxer engine, but is covered in an open-top fiberglass body kit. The quirky looking car has a raised suspension system and beefy off-road tires all around. Although the Beetle’s engine has very modest power, the Manx is great for slogging through sand dunes and cruising along beaches.
The original Meyer’s Monks, known as “Old Red”, also managed to break the record for the massive five-hour rally from Ensenada to La Paz. The gruesome event later became known as the Baja 1000 and spanned over a thousand miles of unforgiving off-road tracks. Production ceased after about 6000 Manxes hit the road. Almost 30 years later, at the turn of the millennium, it would be resurrected by the man himself and bring joy to motoring enthusiasts with a modern version of the legendary kit car. Bruce F. Meyers died last year at the age of 94, but his legacy lives on.
Life is a Beach 2.0
Before he died, Bruce Meyers sold the rights to Manx to Philipp Sarofim and designer Freeman Thomas so that Manx wouldn’t die with him. And lo and behold, we now have the new Meyers Manx 2.0 EV, a modernized and electrified version of a fun little beach cruiser. The new Meyers Manx 2.0 EV looks like a restomod but it’s not. Yes, it might look like a nipped and tucked Manx from the outside and you’d expect it to use the VW Beetle chassis as a starting point but it’s actually a completely new vehicle. Sure, the inspiration for the body and design came from the original Manx, but if it was written today it would be a reconstruction of the original Manx. Unlike the earlier Monks, which were kit cars, this was the first turn-key vehicle built by Meyers under new management.
And boy oh boy does it look amazing! The Manx 2.0 EV is a completely redesigned car, designed to look like the original Manx but with a very modern edge to it. The most noticeable change is the absence of that iconic VW Beetle engine, with some weirdly awesome blast pipes sticking out the back. Other than that, it’s a 2.0 version of the original Manx in every single way. Everything that made the Manx such a riot of a car is there. Big wheels, frog-eye headlights, a bathtub body and the option to drive without a top. Without a hard-top cover, two roll bars protect you if you get a little anxious and flip it over. Despite its deliciously retro look, There’s more to the Manx 2.0 EV than just a redesigned shell.
It uses an all-aluminum chassis with an independent suspension all around. Braking is done with disc brakes on all four wheels and a regenerative system on the rear brakes to recoup some power to extend the range as much as possible. The name already refers to the drivetrain of this latest generation Monx and we already mentioned it in the introduction; It has an electric drivetrain. Every little detail hasn’t been revealed yet, but Meyers will offer two different battery packs. The first is a 20kWh battery with a range of around 150 miles (no horsepower or torque figures at this point), and the second is twice as big, with a range of 300 miles per charge (202bhp and 240lb-ft of torque, which equates to 325nm. Enough for a few hours of fun in the sun).
Other than the fact that the Meyers Manx 2.0 EV can cover the zero to 100kph sprint in an estimated 4.5 seconds when you opt for the bigger pack, further performance figures are sparse. Meyers also announced a beta-test program for early pre-orders after a USD 500 deposit. The first 50 cars in the beta program are scheduled for 2023 delivery, and the Manx should be readily available to anyone by 2024 (based on supply vs. demand). Pricing is yet to be determined as development is still underway.
For more information, please visit MeyersManx.com