Zombie History

---------------------------------------- 2006 EARLY VERSION ----------------------------------------

February 2006, PIR

  • Motor:

    'Siamese 8' dual armature with selectable series/parallel wiring.

  • Drive type:

    Direct drive. No reverse.

  • Driveshaft:

    Single piece all aluminum driveline from 'Inland Empire Drivelines'. Driveline loop.

  • Rear axle:

    Dutchman heavy duty Street-strip Ford nine inch rear axle setup with 31 spline racing axles, 4:57 gears and Detroit locker. 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 BF Goodrich 'TA Drag Radials' (24" dia.)

  • Batteries:

    29, 12 volt, 24.5 lb. Hawker 'Aerobatteries' 26 ahr @ 348V nominal, 710 lbs. total pack weight.

  • Controller:

    Zilla Z2k 2000 amp controller with Hairball interface. Programable automatic series-parallel contactor control. Quick-pull emergency disconnect.

  • 12 volt system:

    16 ahr Hawker Genesis 12V battery. No DC-DC - external charging required. 50 amp 12V port in rear with removable Exide Orbital 50 ahr battery.

  • Other Mods:

    Modified traction bars by adding a new weldment to lengthen them and help put the snubber end further forward to reduce spring wind-up. The snubbers now hit right under the leading spring eye pivot.

  • Car weight:

    2440 lbs. race weight (est)
  • Races and EVents

    2-1-2006 White Zombie becomes 1st electric car ever under 'Featured Drag Racing Timeslips' at Dragtimes.com

    2-17-2006 White Zombie on display at Portland 'Rod & Custom' show. (left) White Zombie draws a constant crowd. (center) Zombie getting judged. (right) Tim Brehm with the 1st place trophy for the 'Unlimited Competition' class:

    2-25-2006 Raced the cops at PIR (still at 348V). For more pictures click on the 'Photos' button, or click on the 'Videos' button to watch all that day's cops vs Zombie action:

  • Carnage:

    Strong launches cracked Ford nine inch case at pinion.

  • Plasmaboy Quotes:

    (1) Rod & Custom show..."White Zombie beat all contenders in the 'Unlimited Race' category and won the first place trophy."

    (2) Racing the cops..."So here it is, Plasma Boy in White Zombie lined up with a Sherriff in a Ford Crown Vic cop car with performance chip and revised suspension...I'm ready to smoke Smokey! There's no staging lights or christmas tree, only another cop yelling ready, set, GO! The cop car ignites both rear tires, its V8 roars, and he takes off fairly impressively. I wait a second or so, then nail the Zombie, also lighting up both rear tires, more than I want to with a not-so-impressive launch. I easily catch the cop car at about 70 mph or so, right as the Zilla decides it's time to shift from series to parallel. With the Siamese 8 now humping at full boil White Zombie jerks ahead of the cop as I extend my arm out the window and wave 'Bye Bye' to the cop. At 100+ mph, I'm at least 10 car lengths ahead of the cop. Sherriff Fred turns on his lights and siren behind me and for probably the only time I'll ever be able to, I totally disobey him and continue to elude! This is more fun, than any human should be allowed to have!"

    (3) "I drive this car on the street, and other than its sticker-covered exterior, it looks like a stock Datsun 1200 economy car...OK, maybe that BIG 'ol ford nine inch diff. stuffed under the back looks a bit 'hotrod'when viewed from behind :-) .... and things like the wipers, horn, turn signals, etc, are in working order. I've done my best to keep this car as close to stock as possible. The electric motor is right where it's stock gas engine used to be, and the rear tires and axle are right where they are supposed to be for a Datsun 1200 sedan. I've kept the factory dash, and most all of the upholstery with the exception of the rear seat to make room for batteries (a mod that many regular street conversions employ), and have even 'added' things that a stock 1200 sedan didn't come with, such as carpets (they came with cheap vinyl mats instead), carpeted kick panels, etc. It has all of its original door panels, rear side panels, and stock roll-up window glass. 1200s are now 32 years old (the last model was the '73 1200) and finding stock front seats is next to impossible, so I went with lighter racing seats up front. It also has absolutely no obvious body modifications at all and has the stock bumpers. I did redo the sunken spare tire well in the trunk, replacing the stock kidney-shaped well with a new one we fabricated and welded in place that better accommodates batteries...a mod many do when constructing everyday conversions. With these exceptions, the car has not been intentionally gutted in any way."

    (4) "As to sponsorship...that word 'creativity' comes back into play. You have to be creative to come up with a vehicle and concept that catches the attention of battery manufactures, motor manufactures, or controller-charger builders. I believe that anyone can get sponsorship for their EV, but it certainly won't just get handed to you. You have to be unique in some regard (merely having a powerful and quick electric vehicle can not fill this requirement), you have to put pride and integrity into the vehicle to make it something a sponsor would feel good about having their name and products associated with, and then, well...you have to deliver!"