No supplier — at least ones that want to remain in business — is going to be untouched by the shift to electric powertrains. And that includes Tremec, the 59-year-old company whose manual transmissions and dual-clutch gearboxes make many of the world's muscle cars, supercars and semitrucks roll.
Tremec recently turned its engineers loose on developing an electric drive unit designed to be a direct replacement for a gasoline powertrain in a sports car, such as a Chevrolet Corvette or a McLaren.
I visited Tremec's plant in suburban Detroit last week to take a look at the lightweight, compact drive unit that is about the size of a duffel bag.
The twin-motor electric drive unit can crank out as much as 800 hp and help deliver a top speed of around 186 mph. The EDU weighs just 243 pounds. A typical supercar's powertrain would easily weigh twice as much.