Converting Drag Racing Cars To Electric Vehicles
Electrification is taking over the industry, we’ve written about it a few times before. It’s even affecting classic cars. Over the past month, we’ve been looking at iconic vehicles from the past have been upgraded, modernized, and converted to electric vehicles. Earlier we discussed electrifying Street Rods and Classic Cars. This week we’re looking at Drag Racing Cars.
The first production electric car to add the word “quick” to its description was the Tesla P100D with Ludicrous Mode engaged. This option decreased the 0 to 60 acceleration time of the P100D to 2.3 seconds. For reference, a sub-6 second 0-60 time is considered fast.
But we’re here to talk about EV conversion and there are plenty of EV converted vehicles out there that give the Tesla P100D in Ludicrous Mode a run for its money. Here are a few of my personal favorites.
The White Zombie is a 1972 Datsun 1200 owned by a man named Wayland. He has been drag racing this car since the 90’s, before electric drag cars were even a thing. Back then, it was powered by 24, 12-volt batteries for a total of 288 volts. It ran 13.5’s at 95 miles per hour and was street driven. Currently, it runs a 192 cell Lithium Polymer battery at 355 volts. White Zombie is good for an 11.4-second pass in the quarter mile at 114 miles per hour.
A 1968 Ford Mustang built by bloodshedmotorsports.com. The 222 stands for 2 motors, 2 controllers, and 2 fast. It is currently running a 1.1 mW (megawatt) LiPo (Lithium Polymer) battery pack that powers the motors to 800 horsepower and 1800-pound-feet of torque. This is good for a 1.79 second 0 to 60 time, 9.89 seconds quarter mile at 140 MPH and 177.8 miles per hour in the Texas Mile.
The Teslaonda is a 1981 Honda Accord filled with a Tesla P85 rear drive unit and a Chevy Volt battery. The look of this car is 1960’s straight axle gasser. This thing has a 0 to 60 time of 2.43 seconds and a quarter mile time of 10.5, so it’s no slouch. At full charge the battery pack has 393 volts and 16 kWh. Interestingly, it also uses a Raspberry Pi microcomputer for the electronic dash to monitor battery levels and motor temperatures.