August 26, 2011 AT 12:00 am

World’s Quickest Electric Car Is a ’72 Datsun, Does 0-60 in 1.8 Seconds


World’s Quickest Electric Car Is a ’72 Datsun, Does 0-60 in 1.8 Seconds! @ Discovery Channel.

Out on the dragstrip, the last vehicle you’d expect to be crushing BMWs and Ferraris is a 1972 Datsun. But John Wayland’s White Zombie is anything but ordinary. The electrified Datsun 1200 does 0-60 in a jaw-dropping 1.8 seconds.

The two-door coupe sports a dual-armature 9″ series-wound electric motor that was especially built for Wayland. Its battery pack is 192 lithium-polymer cells totaling to 355 Volts and 22.7 kWh of energy. The vehicle has a 90-mile range and it is even street legal. With over 500-plus horses, it’s no surprise the Zombie takes a quarter-mile in just ten seconds.

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  1. OR, you can mount the same technology on a motorcycle and it would be called KillaCycle. It does zero to sixty in less than one second! On a drag strip, it does 170 miles per hour in 8 seconds. Is that enough electric speed for ya?

  2. There was a slightly longer (but less video) writeup by Charles Murphy (of Design News) a few years back:

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