The White Zombie is a Datsun 1200 that turns 11.466-second elapsed times in the quarter mile with a trap speed of 114.08 miles-per-hour. And to cap it off, there are about 800 pound-feet of torque at zero rpm. How’s this possible? Well, it’s solely through electricity. It’s an electric-powered Datsun 1200 and it can smoke gas-powered muscle and sports cars in a way that would make Mr. K proud.
The car’s owner, forklift repair technician John Wayland of Portland, Oregon, is a big fan of early seventies Datsuns. “I gravitated to Datsun because of things like the independent rear suspension on the 510,” he said. Indeed, he admits to having owned 77 Datsun 510s and 12 Datsun 1200s.
He used the 1200 series as the basis for his electric powered screamer “because it’s one of the lightest little sedans that’s also structurally strong enough for what we it needed to do.”
The car he calls “White Zombie” has gone through several incarnations since he started racing it, back in 1994. It now has a drive train that starts in the engine bay with Siamese 8 dual armature, series wound electric motors, which get their power from a 2000 amp Zilla controller; which in turn get its power from 30 Hawker Aerobatteries, each producing 12 volts, setting where the back seat used to be. It’s a direct drive set-up with no clutch, flywheel or transmission. The electric motors are joined directly to a Dutchman Motorsports Ford nine-inch rear-end via an aluminum drive shaft.