The 2nd Fastest Electric Car in the World is … a Datsun?

When we think of hyperfast electric cars, we think of AC Propulsion's tzero, the Wrightspeed x1, even the Tesla Roadster. We don't think of awkward Datsuns. Time to change that perception, at least a little.

The White Zombie is a street-legal 1972 Datsun 1200 coupe bought by owner John 'Plasma Boy' Wayland in 1985 for $585. Its 300hp comes from two motors typically found in forklifts coupled with 36 12-volt storage batteries—ones that require no more than 20 minutes to recharge fully.

White Zombie

The White Zombie has smoked Ferraris, Corvettes, you name it. In short, gas-powered cars can't keep up. Of course, being electric gives the White Zombie the advantage of an enormous amount of torque off the starting line.

  • Performance specs:
  • Zero-to-60: 3 seconds
  • Zero-to-109: 11.9 seconds
  • All-electric range: 40 miles
  • Top speed: 114 mph

A more detailed set of vehicle specs are available at Plasma Boy Racing's White Zombie page.

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