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 into performance cars, on just how powerful and quick Matt Grahm’s ‘Joule Injected’ electric 240SX is.


(A) I’ll mostly reference relatively new gas cars, since older gas machines are nowhere near as clean running as an electric car is, though there are two representatives from the 60′s muscle car era. For the most part, it’s today’s lower emission type performance machines vs Matt’s zero emission electric car. Also, it’s generally known that today’s hi pro gas cars are quicker and faster than their legendary 60s era muscle car brethren, though old farts stuck in the past don’t often realize this :-)   In fact, many of today’s hot 4 banger import machines can blow the doors off ‘most’ of the 60s era muscle cars, and they do it while passing stringent crash standards, clean air standards, and fuel economy standards, three categories the old muscle cars would all fail.

(B) Given two vehicles that run the same 1/4 mile ETs, one a gas car and the other an electric car, the electric is nearly always substantially quicker off the line and up 60 mph because of the electric motor’s huge torque at zero rpm. Thus, with  two cars that both run 13.5 seconds, the race goes like this…the electric jumps off the line and by 60 mph is perhaps 2-3 car lengths ahead of the gas car, by the end of the 1/8th mile the gas car is now picking up speed at a higher rate and is now pulling up on the electric, and by the end of the 1/4 mile, the gas car has caught the electric as they both flash through the traps. Both cars run the same ET, but the gas car has a higher top end speed, while the electric has a quicker 0-60…see how this works?

OK, on with the fun…..

(1) In recent years, to many folks’ astonishment, the once stodgy ‘old man’s car’ Cadillac has transformed it’s model lineup from blimped-out bulbous huge land yachts into America’s premium hi performance sedans. Today’s Caddys are muscular and fast and corner like sports cars. The top dog model is the CTS-V, a $52,000 400 hp road burner who’s borrowed-from-the-Z06 Corvette V8 jams it from 0-60 in 5 seconds flat and runs a 13.4 second 1/4 mile (2005 model). Road & Track magazine described it as having ‘explosive straight-line performance’. Guess what? Matt’s electric car beats it in the 1/4 mile! I estimate Matt’s car runs 0-60 in 4.5 seconds, too, so it toasts the Caddy here as well. If the Caddy has ‘explosive performance, I wonder how they’d describe Matt’s EV?

(2) OK you say, what about a real sports car? How about Porsche’s newest, the $70,000 Cayman S? This Boxter derivative with its midship-mounted 291 hp flat six rips 0-60 in 5.1 seconds and does the 1/4 mile in 13.4 seconds (2006 model)….Matt’s electric beats it in both 0-60 and the 1/4 mile run!

(3) How bout the new $35,000 2006 Charger R/T with its highly touted 350 hp Hemi V8? It too, would get roasted by Matt’s electric Nissan, since the Charger’s 0-60 of 5.9 seconds and its 14.1 second 1/4 mile ET are no match for Matt’s electric car.

(4) Just for fun, the 68 Charger R/T with a mighty 440 V8 rated at 375 hp (old hp rating) ran 0-60 in 6.5 seconds and managed a 14.9 second 1/4 mile ET. Lowell Simon’s electric Porsche would beat this car by a half second through the 1/4 mile! Matt’s car would be 1.6 seconds quicker…an eternity in 1/4 mile terms!

(5) Exotic? Try this….the $83,000 2003 Masserati Spyder GT has a 390 hp V8 and runs 0-60 in 5.0 seconds and has a 13.5 second ET.
What fun it would be, to find a well-healed dude in his Masserati, tell him your Japanese car has been converted to run on batteries, then leave him in the dust! Oh yeah, almost forgot to say it….Matt’s car beats this one, too.

(6) The $26,000 300 hp 2006 Mustang GT V8 runs 0-60 in an impressive 4.9 seconds and manages the 1/4 mile in 13.5 seconds, but it would get beat by Matt’s EV.

(7) In light of the above, the 68 390cid 335 hp V8 powered Mustang GT ran 0-60 in 7.8 seconds and did a 15.2 second 1/4 mile ET.

(8) The $32,000 2003 Subaru STi with its brawny 300 hp turboed flat four does 0-60 in just 4.9 seconds and runs a 13.3 second ET. OK, this car is a match for Matt’s EV, but the EV would still get it in the 0-60 run.

(9) The $50,000 2004 Audi V8 version of its S4 hi pro sedan, has 340 hp. It runs 0-60 in 5.4 seconds and the 1/4 mile at 14.0 seconds. Matt’s electric 240SX would blow its doors off.

(10) I saved this for last. The $36,000 Nissan 350Z sports car with its powerful 287 hp V6 runs 0-60 in 5.7 seconds and does the 1/4 mile in 14.3 seconds. Matt’s electrified Nissan beats the new gas powered Nissan by a full second in the 1/4 mile!

I hope you all had fun reading this, and I hope those of you who may not always follow the EV drag racing stuff will now have a better appreciation for what guys like Matt are doing to keep EVs in the spot light. I bet there are a whole bunch of dazed gasser folks who are still stunned by what they saw an electric car do at the Moroso Race Track the other night!

See Ya…John ‘Plasma Boy’ Wayland

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

  1. Dave Hoffman says:

    How do I invest in this project? is there a plan to develop new cars and market them?