This guy built an all-electric '68 Mustang that'd put a Tesla Model S in its place

By Shawn Knight
Apr 2, 2015
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    Tesla’s Model S P85D has received quite a bit of attention from both technology and automotive enthusiasts. Few cars can match the ridiculous all-wheel-drive acceleration its powerful electric motors are capable of generating but this story start with an earlier Tesla model.

    Muscle car enthusiast Mitch Medford caught an episode of Top Gear years ago in which host Jeremy Clarkson raced a Tesla Roadster against its petrol-powered cousin, the Lotus Elise. The race wasn’t even close and soon, Medford came across a car online known as the White Zombie.

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    The Zombie was a 1972 Datsun 1200; not exactly a looker but under the hood, it was powered by two 9-inch electric motors that could rocket the car from 0-60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. Medford reached out to the owner of the vehicle with a vision to build vintage cars powered by modern electric motors.

    Zombie 222 is the result of that vision, a 1968 Mustang with dual 11-inch electric motors that put down 800 horsepower and an insane 1,800 pound foot of torque (on a conservative setting). This combination can propel the car from 0-60 mph in just 2.4 seconds.

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    The Verge has a fascinating piece on this monster, chronicling Medford’s efforts to break the 170 mile per hour mark for an electric vehicle in the standing mile. That’s not exactly a high trap speed but for a car with a body built in 1968 (I.e., poor aerodynamics), it’s incredibly ambitious.

    All images via The Verge

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  2. amstech

    amstech TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 1,441   +594

    A 1972 Datsun is not exactly a looker? You must be one of those 'light weight' car guys who want nice cushioned seats, fad styling and ABS.
  3. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +137

    I'll await Ford maddeningly jumping into the fray to make an all-electric Mustang.
  4. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,144   +486

    If I only had the skill set to do this kind of stuff.
  5. Seventh Reign

    Seventh Reign TS Booster Posts: 131   +65

    The 1200 is a pretty ugly car. When most people think of a 72 Datsun they think of the Nissan Z copy. The 1200 is not that car.
  6. RealOldtimer

    RealOldtimer TS Rookie

    And what is the range..Doubt it will put a Tesla to shame..
  7. Stupid article. Tesla has high tech battery control and performance. Tesla is a daily use car, this is just a crappy car with two electric motors to race a quarter mile. You are using Tesla's name to get some attention to that low achievement crappy car.
  8. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Evangelist Posts: 990   +90

    Pretty impressive.
  9. Any video to prove it?
  10. @Guest

    Your writing skills suggest that you need to put more effort into that Freshman remedial English course. You wouldn't want to finish it with a C- average, would you?

    Or perhaps that's the best you can do, based on your critical thinking skills.
    davislane1 likes this.
  11. Agreed
  12. Fulltone

    Fulltone TS Rookie

    Great work and engineering.
  13. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,729   +1,093

    that's what I thought too. Put Tesla in it's place? what place is that exactly? Tesla is a mass-produced daily driver -$80,000 electric sedan, this is an electric drag racer built from an old Mustang frame. Are they going to start selling these mustangs soon? Do we even have a race planned between the Model S and this Mustang? better yet, would anyone even care?

    If there's one thing this article does prove though, it's that Tesla seems to be the standard by which we measure all electric vehicles.
  14. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,385   +2,171

    Low achievement crappy car?

    You strike me as the guy who shows up to the party without a date, looks at the guy dating the bikini model, and mumbles "wh0re" under his breath to an empty table.

    There are only two crimes that have been committed here. First, the article makes an apples to oranges comparison (racer vs lux economy). Second, and more importantly, the dude dropped an electric power plant into a muscle car. That's a jailable offense in some states.
    cmbjive, MilwaukeeMike and dms96960 like this.
  15. masseur1950

    masseur1950 TS Rookie

    The Verge: What a name. If you were in France this name would mean= the stick to be swatted with, or, the penis. La verge is another medical name,( for real), for the penis.
    So, the car is called " the Manhood that could"??????
  16. What a bunch of sour grapes.

    The FACTS are that - in a standing quarter mile - this thing beats a TESLA.
    Maybe that's irrelevant in the world of pro-TESLA fanboys and gurlz but I do THINK you people legitimized this when you were touting your P85 beating out all kinds of other ICE vehicles - guess where? - in the standing quarter mile!!!!!


    When YOU win - - - it's news.
    When someone ELSE wins - - - it's irrelevant.

    Tell you what - get busy re-re-hiring some decent sales people in China and let me know how it goes.
  17. That's the point. A crappy car can beat the crap out of Tesla and Hydrogen fuel powered Fuel Cell Audi Quattro or Penta or Hexa or Octo can put Elan to shame for short distance or long distance.
  18. Rippleman

    Rippleman TS Maniac Posts: 528   +143

    Since when did people judge cars on 0-60 speed?
  19. dividebyzero

    dividebyzero trainee n00b Posts: 4,891   +1,258

    A big chunk of U.S. performance car advertising, marketing, and sales were predicated on that exact metric for near 30 years. Car and Driver, Motor Trend, Hot Rod, Car Craft, Road Test, Motor Life, and mainstream media all prominently displayed 0-60 and 1/4 mile numbers as selling points

    Incidentally, the A990 (Dodge Coronet and Plymouth Satellite dual-quad Hemi) cars shown in the ad were sold without any warranty since they were marginal for actual street use - both from the weight reduction considerations (thin gauge aluminium bumpers, no rear seat, acid-dipped frame), gearing, lack of idle, and scarcity of outlets selling the preferred 110+ octane fuels needed to keep the 426 alight. These cars sold a lot of 6-cylinder grocery-getters.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2015
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  20. wiyosaya

    wiyosaya TS Maniac Posts: 939   +244

    Well, that does not surprise me since there is a whole race of men who think manhood means owing a muscle car...
  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,430   +2,822

    The fact is this guy configured his car for this event, Tesla did not! This is placing Tesla vs Mustang, when Tesla never showed for the event.
  22. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,604   +370

    Yes bit of a click bait article title. It's a good achievement but really it has nothing to do with Tesla. The challenge Tesla is solving is EV in mainstream. The distribution and charging network.

    This had absolutely nothing to do with those objectives. If a Tesla only worried about 0-60, sure it's comparable but it is not.
  23. Not really sure how a electric awsome car is rellavent, every male in the good ole us of a lays awake at night dreaming of the day he is floating down the road in a f--- one fitty, 3 tons of fun, let's burn all the fossil fuel without anything whatsoever in the business end of what you may buy a truck for in the first place.".....
  24. Tesla people are wacks. They think their cars are green. They are far from it. When you are charging, you are on the grid. 70% of the grid is coal. It takes 80lbs of coal to fully charge a Tesla p85d. The mining of lithium for the batteries and the wash down process is an environmental nightmare. Musk and his cultists are the ones who started this emphasis on zero to sixty and racing against the ICE cars. He only goes to sixty cause he knows he doesn't stand a chance in the quarter mile. The trap speed of the Tesla s*cks. Also if you say anything against their precious Teslas or their chosen one leader, Musk, they threaten you with death. If I were to buy an electric vehicle it would be hybrid Audi. No range anxiety and I know the company will be around for the warranty 5 years from now unlike Tesla with their daily 4.5 m. cash burn rate and their 456m gov subsidy revenue yearly paid for by you and me, the tax payers.
    The Chad likes this.
  25. The Chad

    The Chad TS Enthusiast Posts: 23   +7

    Tesla's are overrated toys at best. Until an electric can go 250 miles per charge, and charge in ten minutes or less they are just worthless. Their environmental implications of electric cars are far worse than ICE vehicles. So sick of the stupid shrieking morons that scream like babies if they don't like something, instead of actually talking about things and thinking critically.

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