Author Archives: John Wayland

Living in the Past, Getting Beat by the Future! (Dec. 13th, 2000)

Considering the Silver Streak project – the 400 mile per charge EV1-powered Insight currently under construction, it seems appropriate to repost the following story about my adventures driving an EV1. Recently discovered photos I had taken on that trip thirteen-plus … Continue reading

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Silver Streak Update – Rinehart Motion Systems to Power EV1 Motor!

  Hello to All, It’s been a rough road to get to where we are today with the Silver Streak project, the l-o-n-g range 71.5 kWh, EV1-powered Insight, but I’m happy to report that this past weekend on Saturday Sept. … Continue reading

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Wayland’s 2010 Comparo – Exotic Cars vs the Zombie!

Hello to All, Each year I try to put together something comparing the Zombie’s current performance to high powered production gas cars, and with our recent runs at the track have set out to do it again. I have been … Continue reading

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Wayland’s Recap of the Zombie’s Performance at the NEDRA Nationals – pt. 1

OK, it’s now been one week since the NEDRA Nationals, so most already know that the Zombie laid down record ETs approaching (but not hitting) the 9s with four runs in the 10.2xx @ 123.xx mph range, and on the same weekend the Zombie also became the 1st street-bodied (or street legal) electric car to ever run faster than 125 mph in the 1/4 mile…but this story has already been told. What’s not yet been told, is the chain of EVents that led up to all this. It seems that immediately preceding any successful racing EVents, at least in Plasma Boy’s case, there’s always some kind of drama-trauma that has to be played out. You know that saying ‘We blow things up, so you don’t have to!’? Well, it’s safe to say I lived up to that mantra! It has always been my policy to help others learn from both our accomplishments and the mistakes we (I) make along the way. Though this is sure to be another long-winded Waylandesque tale, I’ll give you the ending up front for those who may not wish to wade through this post, summed up as follows:

  1. Because of a controller cabling error, the Zombie was insanely powerful but a nearly uncontrollable beast!
  2. Because of a controller cabling error, we learned that ‘Cool Hand Luke’ Tim Brehm has terrific sphincter control!
  3. Because of a controller cabling error, the Zombie had worse 60 ft., and higher ET numbers.
  4. Because of a controller cabling error, the Zombie blasted through the 125 mph barrier and into the Roger Hedlund 125 mph club!
  5. Because of a controller cabling error, we discovered just how much power the Dow Kokam batteries could make!
  6. Because of a controller cabling error, we learned that a Zilla Z2K can output 3000+ amps and live through it!
  7. Because of a controller cabling error, we learned that Jim Husted’s Siamese 9 can handle 3000+ amps and live through it!
  8. With the controller error corrected the Zombie posted the quickest and fastest 1/8 mile numbers of any street legal electric car!
  9. With the controller error corrected the Zombie posted the quickest 1/4 mile ET of any street legal electric car!

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More Zombie Street Driving

I’m enjoying getting used to the Zombie’s increased range that the compact 22.7 kWh Dow Kokam pack provides. I’ve had the occasion to play around with tire pressure, and having had a special low friction process done to the ring … Continue reading

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My Favorite Datsun vs Godzilla Story so Far!

Hello to All, As many probably already know, ever since we ran out back-to-back 10.4 second runs, the Internet has been set ablaze with various versions of what happened on July 30th. One of my sponsors has found perhaps the … Continue reading

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Wayland Invitational – Version 5.2?

By now it’s fairly well known we had a good night on Friday. Perhaps more important than exceeding our goal of ‘cracking the 10s’ however, is the way all our friends, family, supporters, and sponsors were there to make it even more special. Indeed, Friday was more like version 5.2 of the ‘Wayland Invitational V’ than just another weekend’s Late Night Drags! The 4th run of the night came at 9:08 pm. With the juice cranked up more, I was hoping it would be enough to push us into the 10s, and thought it might be a 10.85-10.9. The launch had a strong 1.62 60 ft.,
and the 1/8 mile was a quick 6.522 @ 106.33 mph. As the Zombie sped away we all leaned in anticipation: we didn’t just touch the 10s – we blew deep into them!
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Zombie to make another Attempt at the 10s tonight, Friday 7/30

I’m fairly certain we found the issue with the Zilla problems of last weekend, and I’m happy to report it wasn’t a fault with the controller
or Hairball interface…more like a lack of sleep in the weeks prior to the EVent :-) We’ll know for sure tonight, whether I’ve got it figured
out or not, but again, I’m at the 95% mark of confidence that I know what I did wrong. Continue reading

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Headway Cells & Zombie Misc. Info

Mike, sorry but 10Ah Headways are not 15C (it’s closer to 8-10C) and 8Ah Headways are not 30C capable. I’m building a 880 cell pack for my BMW Mate, I was in on some of the 8 ah testing and … Continue reading

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Zombie on the track in May – 400 lbs. Lighter & Kokam Power…10s in 2010!!

John W: When will we hear about White Zombie hitting the track with the new chassis mod’s and battery pack. Try this: (1) We’ve been ‘very’ busy here at the Wayland EV Juice Bar! Had an LA/Hollywood film crew here … Continue reading

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Dow Kokam Powered Zombie…10s in 2010! (pt. 4)

Hello to All, Just in time for the Christmas holiday weekend, here’s the final installment, pt.4: Continued from pt. 3… On the surface, it seems the car will lose 450 lbs. or so, but other structural mods to the car … Continue reading

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Dow Kokam Powered Zombie…10s in 2010! (pt. 3)

Hello to All, Continued from pt. 2… With the background of this tale now properly set up, and continuing with my tradition of sharing technical info as freely as possible so that others can take advantage of it and help … Continue reading

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Dow Kokam Powered Zombie…10s in 2010! (pt. 2)

Hello to All, Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s the second installment: Continued from pt. 1…. After a two year drought seeking lithium, in the period immediately following the Wayland Invitational IV races things really started to happen. Figures, it … Continue reading

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Dow Kokam Powered Zombie…10s in 2010! (pt. 1)

Hello to All, It’s been a while since I’ve put together a full-blown Waylandesque post, so here’s one coming at you! As I never really got around to writing much about the Wayland Invitational IV races, I’m making this a … Continue reading

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11s in ’07…Timing is Everything! (pt 2)

Hello to All, The above title now seems at odds, as I finally get this part 2 post out. The timing for it sucks. By now, everyone knows that another EVent has come and gone (Wayland Invitational III) and I … Continue reading

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Setting a Battery on Concrete Myth Answered

Hello to All, childreypa@drmm.net wrote: I always thought that sitting batteries on a concrete garage floor would suck out the charge. If it were true, wouldn’t direct contact with the ground do the same?…but is the concrete myth even true? … Continue reading

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11s in ’07…Timing is Everything! (pt 1)

Hello to All, As usual, there’s a Wayland story here, so go get that cup of coffee and maybe a nice cinnamon melt, kick off those shoes, relax, and enjoy! All I can say, is WOW! Finally, we’ve broken into … Continue reading

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Re: Siamese 8 Lives Again…Seattle here we come!

I had written: Tonight, after I return from yet another 320 mile round trip to Central Oregon and back (7 trips in less than 4 weeks now), Tim Brehm >and I will meet up at my house at 6:00 pm … Continue reading

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Siamese 8 Lives Again…Seattle here we come!

Hello to All, Before getting into my post here, I want to publicly thank my friend Jim Husted for his heroic effort in rebuilding & improving the Siamese 8 these past weeks! Jim is ‘THE’ DC motor king! His artistry … Continue reading

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Mike’s Pinto Project & Gear Ratios

I love the Detroit Locker in White Zombie. Not a lick of problems to report, and it simply goes about its business. In a quiet EV, it’s pretty cool because you can clearly hear the locker ratcheting and clicking as the car turns, then when you line up straight on the strip launch pad, it goes ‘Ka-clunk!’ as if to say, “Yeah, I’m ready to help you paint twin blacks stripes.” The Detroit has taken all the power the Siamese 8 has twisted into it and has easily handled the torque. I would highly recommend one. Continue reading

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Re: Mike’s Pinto Project

MIKE WILLMON wrote: My next concern is the strength of the assembly housing itself. I see John’s mentioned going to a built aluminum carrier (and maybe a whole aluminum housing) Mike, the new ‘Strange’ aluminum third member has arrived, though … Continue reading

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450 HP in 60 little Orange Boxes!

We have a new slogan at Plasma Boy Racing….11′s in 07! I’m happy to report that Dick Brown (Aerobatteries) pulled through again for us this year and working with our sponsor Enersys, our new 40% more powerful batteries have arrived! … Continue reading

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Car and Driver EV Racing Article Debute Delayed

Hello to All, I had been assured by the editors at Car and Driver, that the anticipated EV racing story was slated for the April issue that’s about to hit the stands in the next week or two…then I got … Continue reading

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John and Ted’s Excellent Adventure…Delivering the Mail!

Back in July I had written: Sob….though I’ve been in, under, and all around GP, I’ve never had a ride That’s all been changed. With all the current talk about Gone Postal, instead of ‘talk’, I’ve been out driving it! … Continue reading

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Reversing White Zombie

In response to Jim Husted’s first part of his Late Night Nationals post, James Massey wrote:

So how did John do reverse in Zombie? Did he go with the tried-and-not-so-true reversing contactors that he had trouble with before, or do something less conventional?

C’mon, wanna know…

I went back to the way I had done it two years ago, only in a much more aggressive design. Here’s how it gets done…

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Car and Driver Runs 12.3 @ 103 mph in White Zombie!

Yes, it’s crazy time here at the Wayland EV Juice bar… a hot 90+ degrees, people and EVs everywhere! A more detailed report will follow after this weekend’s behind me, but for now this update.Tim warmed-up the Zombie with two … Continue reading

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Oregonian Reporter Gets Zombied!

There’s been a frenzy of media coverage lately over EV drag racing, and in particular, over White Zombie’s routine weekend drag racing runs against the gasser boys. A certain well known car magazine has been in contact (can’t release details … Continue reading

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RIP, Red Beastie

“The Red Beastie has met it’s end……”

And so ends the life of the electric pickup that could :-( Today, with NiMH and LiIon making longer distance range possible in our electric conversions, a 120 mile-per-charge electric conversion doesn’t seem all that significant, but back in ‘97, Red Beastie created quite a buzz when it made it from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA and back, 440 total miles mostly at 60-65 mph speeds over varying terrain, with just four recharges during the trip! Back then, it took close to 2500 lbs. of lead, forty T-105 Trojan 6V wet cells to do the deed. Continue reading

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4-19-06 Re: longest range?

Hello to All, Victor Tikhonov wrote: I know you can have a la Red Beastie lead sled built to demonstrate a range number rather than be a normal commuter, but it’s not exactly what most people would want to drive). … Continue reading

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4-19-06 Re: longest range?

Hello to All, Alan Smith wrote: What is the longest range everyone has gotten on their ev? If you’ve gotten over 60, definitely let me know. Alan’s request does not state specifics such as vehicle types (size and weight), battery … Continue reading

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4-19-06 Re: Have been collecting range data, how about acceleration data

Hello to All, I was excited to see this request for acceleration specs, until I realized my car has to be excluded Steve wrote: I would like to put together a spreadsheet with some real data on acceleration. I am … Continue reading

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4-16-06 Re: Baby Blue Rides Again…cross country in an EV!

Hello to All, I had written: >I had also made it possible for Marko’s Fiat to be equipped with the same prototype group 31s, in fact, these two vehicles were the only >EVs on the street with these hard-to-get batteries.” … Continue reading

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4-16-06 Baby Blue Rides Again…cross country in an EV!

Hello to All, I’ve always loved the 60′s thru early 70′s Datsun minitrucks, the original models that started the minitruck revolution that was the big thing for the 70′s period. Sadly, today there are no more true minitrucks as all … Continue reading

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4-15-06 Re: Hybridize-yourself?

Hello to All, Peter VanDerWal wrote: Doesn’t the CVT version get lower gas mileage than the standard? If so, why would you want to use something that lowers your fuel efficiency? Peter, I’m disappointed, as it appears you must have … Continue reading

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4-10-06 Re: Hybridize-yourself?

Hello to Damon and All, damon henry wrote: Well, I have to admit I did not know that (I quit following the Honda Hybrid list a few years ago) You don’t have to follow the Honda Hybrid list, all you … Continue reading

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4-10-06 Re: Hybridize-yourself?

Hello to All, damon henry wrote: Yes, the only time the Honda system moves with the gas motor turned off is if gravity and/or momentum are on your side.  The electric drive will not work without the ICE running. From: … Continue reading

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4-10-06 Episode 77: Battery-Powered Dragster on Monster Garage Tonight!

Hello to All, Just wanted to remind everyone who receives the Discovery channel, that our own Rich Rudman and Shawn Lawless will be on TV tonight on the Monster Garage show. Should be a hoot! My local TV listing has … Continue reading

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4-10-06 Re: AC vs DC; Newbie Question

Hello Osmo and All, Osmo S. wrote: DC vs AC … what about sepex, PM, BLDC and whatnot. Do they all belong in the category of DC? Or does DC stand for a brushed series wound motor only. If so, … Continue reading

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4-9-06 Re: AC vs DC; Newbie Question

Hello to All, Mike Phillips wrote: The biggest thing that bugs me about most DC systems is the huge amount of current the battery’s have to supply just to leave a stop light. That’s hard on everything involved. Huge amount … Continue reading

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4-9-06 DC Controller Reliability vs AC Systems

Hello to All, Michaela Merz wrote: Hmm .. I think we all agree that a blown DC controller can cause some problems. What about doing something about it? …a secondary system monitoring motor voltage and shut the system down if … Continue reading

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4-8-06 AC vs DC

Hello to All, I always enjoy the AC vs DC debate. One point very rarely brought up though, is what you get in terms of performance in return for your dollars invested, especially when the price of the AC system … Continue reading

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4-2-06 Re: Motor options

Hello to All, Electro Automotive wrote: We don’t recommend less than 96V for a very basic street car, nor do we recommend above 144V on the 9″ motor. I’ve run Blue Meanie’s ‘properly advance timed’ ADC 9 inch motor at … Continue reading

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4-2-06 Re: Time to review the plan…

Hello to Steve and All, Steve wrote: Books and internet research are one thing, but the experience of this list (plus my experience with 3 EVs) is priceless. I want you to have an idea what I was trying to … Continue reading

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4-1-06 Re: Motor options

Hello to All, From Jim Husted:  At only 84 volts I doubt you can feed a 9er.  Most people are running 2X to 3X the rated voltage of the motor. Electro Automotive wrote: Huh?  Maybe most people you know run … Continue reading

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3-30-06 Re: Fast Street Car with Twin DC Motors

Hello to All, Roger Stockton wrote: I think John’s concern is with adding *any* additional contacts and wires into the motor loop due to their associated losses. Correct. As soon as the motors start spinning, the back EMF is going … Continue reading

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3-29-06 Re: Fast Street Car with Twin DC Motors

Hello to Don and All, I see my buddy Jim has already responded, but I’ll throw my two cents worth in as well. Don Cameron wrote: I am **very** interested in this DC siamese motor config of John’s and Matt’s. … Continue reading

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3-26-06 Re: High Voltage Nationals Plea

Hello to All, electric-plum@juno.com wrote: As most of you know, Route 66 Raceway in Joliet, Illinois will be holding the HIGH VOLTAGE NATIONALS May 13, 2006. However, this might NOT happen if we don’t have at least 20 participants racing … Continue reading

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3-26-06 Electric Nissan 240SX vs Modern Gas Performance Cars

Hello to All, A good ‘ol comparo is just the thing to put an exclamation mark on Matt’s recent achievement of blasting through the 1/4 mile in just 13.3 seconds, so I thought I’d educate those who may not be … Continue reading

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3-24-06 Hawker and AeroBatteries Team up with Plasma Boy Racing Again

Hello to All, While my friends across the USA in Florida are all ready tearing up the track, we’re still ramping up for the 2006 racing season. I’m happy to report that today, a pallet of 30 brand new Hawker … Continue reading

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3-24-06 Re: Congratulations to Matt Graham and Lowell Simmons!

Rich Rudman wrote: OOOOOOoooo! Looks like Matt Graham  is the first into the Madman’s 100 for 2006. He beat Wayland!. Madman. Uh….Madman, not to try to take ‘anything’ away from Matt’s accomplishment, but duh….our track doesn’t even open until late … Continue reading

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