Category Archives: Kokam

82 Miles In the Zombie @ 77% DOD

I know many think my estimates of my EVs’ performance capabilities are too optimistic at times (many doubted the Zombie could run high 10s, let alone nearly cracking the 9s), so I love to prove them wrong ;-) I am happy to report it is the same with my range predictions for the Zombie. Continue reading

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Blue Meanie Gets Meaner!

You all knew it would happen some day, and that day has come…Blue Meanie is headed to the drag track! The Meanie’s entire attitude is shifting from bad boy to bad ass. Along with a big bump in horse power there will also be a threefold jump in range per charge, too. Continue reading

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We hit the ‘Start’ button on ‘Silver Streak’

It’s been in the works for quite a while, but I’m happy to announce the birth of an exciting project, Plasma Boy Racing’s long range electric Honda Insight ‘Silver Streak’ 71.5 kWh Electric Insight Project! Continue reading

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Interview on PDXTV

PDXTV interviewed John at the Portland Auto Show Continue reading

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Rich Brown: “..scares the crap out of any sane person”

Let’s talk about the Zombie, the little white Datsun that scares the crap out any sane person. On the first run we all made our way to the stands in anticipation of a now “routine” 11 second or so run. They had just gone to a lower numerical ratio differential gear set. I thought it would take them a while to get it dialed in…. Continue reading

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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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Street Driving the Lithium-powered Zombie – 48 miles on less than 50% battery use!

It’s always good when actual results verify previously crunched numbers :-) As we were designing and building the Zombie’s Dow Kokam LiPol pack, with 22.7 kWh available @ C2, and with my up-close familiarity with Datsun 1200s ( I have a pair of electrified ones), I had predicted 110-120 miles per charge at easy freeway cruising, and under not-so-perfect conditions 90-100 miles. Many doubt it, when I report that Blue Meanie only consumes about 178-185 Wh per mile, but the reality is, those are the numbers. The Datsun 1200 coupe is a small car, thus it has a small frontal area, and stock the little Datsun only weighed 1587 lbs. Blue Meanie is fitted with 175/70/13 LRR Goodyear tires pumped up to 50 psi, its wheel bearings are easy-rolling, and its rear end has the stock small case pumpkin that again, has little drag. With 700 lbs. of Hawker lead and a hefty quad subwoofer stereo system adding weight, the car weighs 2450 lbs. and can go 40-45 miles at 45-50 mph speeds with a lead acid pack that only has 7.9 kWh of energy.

The Zombie of course, is a different story! In back, everything is wrong for range. 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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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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