Live from PIR, Fireball Incident (as told by Roderick Wilde)

John, Tim and White Zombie went for a day of racing at Portland International on Sunday. No post from John yet, but here are a series of posts made by Roderick Wilde to the EVDL.

3/18/2007 1:19PM

John has been calling me from the track so for those very few EV race fans out there here is an update. The first run on the new batteries with the current turned down to a measly small street amps of 1000 it turned a 12.64 at 98.69 mph. The 60 ft time was 1.67 and it was at 84.5 mph at the eighth mile at 7.85 seconds. The second run netted a 12.38 second ET at 104.21 mph. Of particular note is the fact that in all of last years racing 104 mph was the top speed they ever got out of “White Zombie”. They have a great announcer at Portland International Raceway that is really playing up the fact that this is an electric car and also the specs on the car. The first two runs annihilated the cars in the other lane. The second run was against a built V8 Chevy Nova. The poor guy didn’t have a prayer being matched up against the electric. On the second run he was at 87.73 mph in 7.74 seconds. With these leaps in performance they just may get into the elevens without turning up the amps. I personally believe this type of publicity does a lot for the cause of EVs. People at the track go home and tell their buddies, “hey, you wouldn’t believe what I saw at the track last night!” The word is definitely starting to get out there and with the Car and Driver article EVs may become part of the general population’s consciousness.

Roderick Wilde
“Suck Amps EV Racing”
www.suckamps.com

3/18/2007 2:21PM

On it’s third run of the afternoon at PIR John Wayland’s “White Zombie” giant killer shredded the old PS3 record by turning a blistering 12.161 at 106.59 mph. This is a new fastest speed in the quarter for the little Datsun from hell. The poor guy in the next lane with the Dodge Dart with a 383 cubic inch big block didn’t know what hit him. The 60 foot time was 1.655 and WZ turned 87.81 mph in 7.614 seconds in the eighth mile. This is only the third run on these new batteries. It sure looks like the engineers at Hawker knew what they were talking about. In this world of BS battery specs it is sure refreshing to see some real truth. It looks like they just may break into the elevens today without having to turn up the screws.

Roderick Wilde
“Suck Amps EV Racing”
www.suckamps.com

3/18/2007 3:54PM

Well John was able to back up his 12.161 run for a new world record in PS3 on his fourth run and they did nearly 107 mph on that run with an exit speed of 106.96 mph with an ET of 12.162. The fifth and final run had started off with an incredible 1.655, 60 ft time and they were on their way to a new record with an eighth mile ET 7.511 at 88.86 mph then toward the end of the run they fireballed the rear motor it and Tim got out of it and he still turned a 12.256 at 94.18 mph. They are heading home now for a dissection.The motor does not appear to be too damaged and they will drive it home. They did vaporize one brush spring. Mama Jim is probably as worried as an old hen with sparks happening in his baby.

Roderick Wilde
“Suck Amps EV Racing”
www.suckamps.com

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