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World’s Fastest Electric Car is a 1972 Datsun

Out on the dragstrip, one hardly expects the car kicking ass and taking names to be an old ’72 Datsun 1200. Especially when the losers are driving BMWs, Corvettes and Ferraris. But those guys didn’t get pawned by any ol’ Datsun…this one’s electric!

It seems a bit like a paradox. Drag racing is flame-dipped muscle cars with bikini-clad hood ornaments spread over the hood. Electric cars, not so much. But John “Plasma Boy” Wayland’s White Zombie is a game changer. It goes from 0 to 60 in 3 seconds! In fact, it can take a quarter-mile in 11.46 seconds reaching a top speed of 114 mph – that’s a world record. And it’s street-legal.

The White Zombie is powered by two motors; motors that are usually used to operate forklifts. It’s filled up with over 60 batteries that occupy both the trunk and the back seat. All of this gives the White Zombie about 300 hp, and the ability to beat every combustion engine it comes up against. It takes about 20 minutes to fully charge the car, and it can get up to 40 miles on a full charge.

So how does a ’72 Datsun knock down a souped up Corvette? Well, electric vehicles have an abundance of torque and they have it all from a standing stop. So they just explode off the starting line. I think it’s safe to say that the future of racing is green.

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11:59AM PST on Feb 1, 2013

This car is almost fast as Bugatti Veyron , if this car can hit 0-60 mph in just 3 seconds :)

7:02AM PST on Mar 2, 2010

best way to recycle/used cars

3:59PM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

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12:05PM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

An electric dragster is a great improvement over the current ones but electric cars for everyone means electricity to charge all of them and 80% or more of electricity in the country is made via coal. Coal plants ARE NOTE CLEAN POWER. Coal plants are toxic. Who wants to live near one with the extra lead, mercury, and coal dust? And the mining for it is really destructive. And who do you think is pushing electric cars and why? Who really stands to make a profit? Before you plug in, Google Mountaintop Mining and the Appalachian mountains

5:40AM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

Why aren't all new homes being built with a windmill and solar panels? It would be much cheaper and simpler than overhauling our entire power grid also our power supply (as a whole) would not be as susceptible to natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

5:38AM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

Why aren't all new homes being built with a windmill and solar panels? It would be much cheaper and simpler than overhauling our entire power grid also our power supply (as a whole) would not be as susceptible to natural disasters and terrorist attacks.

5:14AM PDT on Mar 31, 2009

BAN THE INTERNAL COMBUSTION ENGINE NOW!!!!! If you have an attention span of more than five minutes, watch this and learn why it should be done immediately:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/extremeice/

3:00PM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

DC (direct current) electric motors are ideal for cars: they provide maximum torque at zero speed without the need for a clutch or shifting gears. Lift the hood on your car and picture that maze of machinery, tubing, radiator, fuel injection, etc., replaced by a simple motor connected to the drive shaft.

Replace the tank of fuel with a battery that can store half of tha energy and you're good to go; but here's the rub: this battery must store enough energy to go 200+ miles and provide adequate lighting and climate, and either be quickly rechargeable or conveniently replaceable enroute for extended travel.

Internal combustion engines are inherently far less suitable for this application. When such a battery or fuel cell becomes available most vehicles will be driven by dc motor.

Those of us old enough to remember electric trolley cars recall how fast and silently they took off when the traffic light turned green.

2:58PM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

DC (direct current) electric motors are ideal for cars: they provide maximum torque at zero speed without the need for a clutch or shifting gears. Lift the hood on your car and picture that maze of machinery, tubing, radiator, fuel injection, etc., replaced by a simple motor connected to the drive shaft.

Replace the tank of fuel with a battery that can store half of tha energy and you're good to go; but here's the rub: this battery must store enough energy to go 200+ miles and provide adequate lighting and climate, and either be quickly rechargeable or conveniently replaceable enroute for extended travel.

Internal combustion engines are inherently far less suitable for this application. When such a battery or fuel cell becomes available most vehicles will be driven by dc motor.

Those of us old enough to remember electric trolley cars recall how fast and silently they took off when the traffic light turned green.

7:53AM PDT on Mar 30, 2009

Gee I think I will get one of those forklift motors for my electric scooter.Maybe I will show those guys on their hogs how to really tear up the highway.Slow computer

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