Zombie History

---------------------------------------- 2002 VERSION ----------------------------------------
  • Motor:

    Dual Warfield 8 inch series-wound motors. (225 lbs.) Motor high current wiring modified for series mode only due to new 408V pack potential.

  • 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. 4:57 gears. Locked minispool. Air shocks & traction bars.

  • 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:

    Six more batteries added for a total of 34, 12 volt Hawker Genesis 16 ahr @ 408V nominal, 459 lbs. total pack weight. The 72V 'booster pack' is the only time White Zombie has ever had any traction batteries under the hood. The six Hawker Genesis batteries in this front battery enclosure were identical to the rest of the pack's batteries. You can see the additional 'Bubba' Kilovac contactor (left just in front of pack) used to combine this 72V pack with the main 336V pack during high speed controller bypass for 408V.

  • Controller:

    Godzilla 1200 amp programable controller. Series-parallel contactor shifting disabled. Steering wheel thumb button now controls the new under-hood-mounted '72V Blast Pack' top end booster consisting of six extra Hawker batteries added to for a high voltage controller bypass for high speed while motors are in series mode (no parallel).

  • 12 volt system:

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

  • Other Mods:


  • Car weight:

    2112 lbs. (est.)

  • Races and EVents

    8-3-2002 'EV Awareness Day'...White Zombie on display at this Portland electric car show.

    9-1-2002 'Woodburn'...best ET 13.858 @ 93.86 mph, 1/8th - 8.779 @ 80 mph

  • Carnage:

    None! Battery pack was a mix of 3 and 5 year old tired batteries.

  • Plasmaboy Quotes:

    "I ran 408V at Woodburn in 2002! Respecting the 348V limits of the great Godzilla controller, I had an additional 72V pack (6 more Hawker 16 EP) that I tapped into once full PWM had run its course. It was a bypass that went in series with the full 336V pack, an interesting experiment that I used as a bandaid applied to the aging pack of little Hawkers so that the car could make an OK showing at the track. White Zombie had slowed into the mid 14's due to the exhausted, then 5 year old pack of 28 small Hawkers, and no new battery sponsorship had come my way. Adding those extra 72 volts really did the trick, as it pushed the car back into the 13's, with a best ET of 13.8 seconds...not bad."