Zombie History

---------------------------------------- 2001 LATE VERSION ----------------------------------------

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  • Motor:

    Dual Warfield 8 inch series-wound motors. (225 lbs.)

  • Drive type:

    Direct drive. Motor shafts connected with splined coupler between front and rear motors. Electric reverse.

  • Driveshaft:

    Two piece driveline with center carrier bearing. Front and rear driveline loops.

  • Rear axle:

    '57 Ford nine inch axle setup out of a V8 Chevy LUV minitruck. Changed-out broken 4:11 ring & pinion set and installed new 'lower' 4:57 gears. Locked minispool. Air shocks & traction bars. This rear view shows the big Ford pumpkin, the traction bars, and the lifted height that the air shocks gave helping the fat tires clear the fender lips:

  • Wheels & tires:

    Front - Eagle 5 spoke 13 x 5.5 alloys with 4 bolt Nissan rear drive offset and 175/50/13 Nitto Exit GS radials.

    Rear - Eagle 5 spoke 14 x 6 alloys with 5 bolt Ford front drive offset and DOT street legal Nitto 'Extreme Drag Radials' (22" dia.)

  • Batteries:

    28, 12 volt Hawker Genesis 16ahr @ 336V nominal, 378 lbs. total pack weight.

  • Controller:

    Godzilla 1200 amp programable controller. Steering wheel thumb button controlled series-parallel contactor shifting.

  • 12 volt system:

    Baby Optima YT, no DC-DC - external charging required:

  • Other Mods:

    Improved the split charging scheme that allowed for dump charging the 336V Hawker pack when paralleled down to 168V. The left photo is the previous version. Larger fuses and bigger wires were improvements long over due:

  • Car weight:

    2036 lbs. (est.)

  • Races and EVents

    8-25-2001 'Woodburn drags'...best ET 14.720 @ 84.81 mph. The battery pack was in its third racing year and on the decline in its power delivery. Even so, the hole shot was enough to embarrass a Dodge Viper and White Zombie was able to beat it up through the 1/8th mile. After that though, the battery pack's power fell off rapidly and the Viper easily overtook White Zombie and went on to get the win.

    8-9-2001 White Zombie videoed by the Canadian TV series 'Weird Wheels'

  • Carnage:

    Blew up two Hawkers at Woodburn races.

  • Plasmaboy Quotes:

    (1) Pre-Woodburn..."The 11 inch Kostov with extensive racing mods held up well for 2 years at the hands of Plasma Boy. It eventually failed when I melted the armature windings, but only after dispatching a hot 5.0 Mustang twice. If I hadn't melted the armature, I'd still be running this motor. I am, however, very pleased with the power and flexibility of having twin 8 inch motors now in the car. Using series-parallel motor switching and a new, lower ratio rear end gear set, I hope to push the direct drive Zombie into the 12's soon...Looking forward to getting together with everyone at Woodburn next month!"

    (2) Pre-Woodburn..."I had to pull apart the massive Ford 9 inch rear end...seems that bad ass Kosty, followed by twin 8 inch Warfields, cracked the ring gear teeth and mutilated the spider gears! The car now has a lower 4:57 ratio with racing gears and a minispool locker."

    (3) Post-Woodburn..."I had changed the rear end gears on White Zombie (from a 4:11 to a 4:57) just before the Woodburn EV Drags this past August. With twin 8 inch motors being jammed with 1200 motor amps each (via Godzilla) and making a combined 540 ft. lbs. of torque, direct drive into the big 'ol Ford 9 inch rear end, and just 2036 lbs. of the race ready Datsun 1200 to move, the 60 ft. time is under 2 seconds, and the 'hole shot' is definitely a slam-you-in-the-seat affair. As those who were there remember, I ended up in a side by side drag race with a venomous V10 powered Dodge Viper. Though the Viper got by me in the 1/4 mile drag, the Zombie didn't go down without putting up a good fight, and in the 1/8 mile, it was 3 car lengths ahead of the Viper. The year of Viper I raced does 0-60 in a scant 4.4 seconds, and both the Viper and the Zombie went way over this speed in the 1/8 mile, but by the time the Viper hit 60 mph, the Zombie was doing 70+ mph (we compared time slips), putting the Zombie's 0-60 time at under 4 seconds, more than likely. A friend snapped some cool pictures, clearly showing the Zombie past the 1/8 mile timing lights with the Viper trailing behind and not yet clearing the lights. John, the Viper owner/driver, told me afterwards that I had him worried for a while, but fair is fair....he beat me. I'm going Viper hunting come Spring..."

    (4) Post-Woodburn..."As witnessed at Woodburn, that soft launch is a thing of the past, and the car now boils off the line with wisps of tire smoke rolling off the tires....it's aggressive enough to jump ahead of a V10 Viper out of the hole....no tranny needed!"

    (5) Post-Woodburn..."With the ability to 'electrically shift' up from series to parallel with the twin motors, even with a low 4:57 rear end ratio, the car is not limited on high speed capability, and were it not for exploding Hawkers, the car would continue to pull hard all the way across the finish line. At Woodburn, I blew not one, but two Hawkers in two separate runs, shortly after the parallel upshift happened and battery current went back up."