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 traveling a lot recently, and as I always do, I picked up a car mag or two to keep myself entertained and informed. The November issue of Car and Driver’s cover story caught my eye immediately … ‘ExotiCar Mega-Test!’ This bold title has an intro above it that reads ‘The State of the Supercar Art’, and the eye candy cover photo shows this list of formidable machines:

Audi R8 V-10
Ferrari 458 Italia
Mercedes SLS
Aston Martin V-12 Vantage
Porsche Turbo S

I love all of these cars, but I’ve always had a special place in
my heart for the Porsche Turbo – it’s a badass machine with blistering 0-60 and 1/4 mile performance! The 2011 Turbo is simply over the top! It is one of very few production gas cars no matter what the price, that can run 0-60 in under 3 seconds. Years ago I thought it would be super cool, if I could ever make my electrified Datsun out-accelerate a 911Turbo, but Porsche being Porsche, always keeps raising the ante! This year their Turbo dipped into the 2s in the 0-60 run and into the rarified 10 second ET region of the standing 1/4! With exception to the 1.4 million dollar 1005 hp Bugatti Veyron, the Porsche’s stats are simply the best for any production gas car you can buy…period! Nonetheless, I am happy to report that in terms of 0-60 and 1/4 ET, the Zombie now outguns this icon!

As always, a disclaimer before the comparo list that follows. Yes, the Zombie is not a production car you can buy, it’s a purpose built drag machine, it’s about 1200-1300 lbs. lighter than these cars, and with its high end Dow Kokam batteries it’s no longer a $15,000 car. If put in regular production, the battery pack might be in the $30,000 range, so it would be fair to project the cost of the Zombie to about $50,000 – gad, a $50,000 Datsun? The Zombie cannot begin to compete with these exotic machines when it comes to handling, top speed, comfort, and fit and finish. On the other side of things, the Zombie is a home built car without the benefit of the R&D a high end car manufacturer has at its disposal. The Zombie is still way cheaper than any of these cars, it achieves it’s performance without a drop of gas and gets the equivalent of about 200 mpg, and is still after all, a converted econo-box! It’s also fully street legal and is indeed now regularly driven practical distances with its 110-120 mile range per charge.

OK, there will be varying opinions on whether or not this is a fair comparo, but I think everyone will agree that it is very interesting! With the disclaimer out of the way, and knowing that White Zombie’s mission has always been to dispel the myth that EVs are slow, dull, and boring; check out the following:

Aston Martin V-12 Vantage… $197,165, 3738 lbs., 510hp – 420 ft. lbs., 0-60 in 4.2 seconds, 12.5 @ 117 mph 1/4 mile, 17 mpg

Audi R8 5.2 FSI… $171,900, 3671 lbs., 525hp – 391ft. lbs., 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, 12.0 @ 118 mph 1/4 mile, 17 mpg

Ferrari 458 Italia… $210,790, 3451 lbs., 562hp – 398ft. lbs., 0-60 in 3.3 seconds, 11.5 @ 125 mph 1/4 mile, 15 mpg

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG… $203,500, 3748 lbs., 563hp – 479 ft. lbs., 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, 11.6 @ 125 mph 1/4 mile, 16 mpg

Porsche 911 Turbo S… $162,460, 3491 lbs., 530hp – 516 ft. lbs., 0-60 in 2.7 seconds, 10.8 @ 129 mph 1/4 mile, 20 mpg

White Zombie … $50,000, 2348 lbs., 538hp (est) – 1250 ft. lbs. (est.), 0-60 in 1.8 seconds, 10.2 @ 123 mph 1/4 mile, 200 mpg (equiv.)

The Zombie’s hp figure listed was obtained using the Wallace Racing calculator and actual stats from time slips. Data from the car’s BMS seem to validate this ‘motor’ power level in that battery hp peaked at 981 hp with no current limits, and with limits back in place was in the 720 hp area on all of the low 10 second runs. Lightened muscle cars with a gutted interior, Lexan windows, etc. that are of simliar weight to the Zombie that weigh in the 2400-2600 lb. range need about 550-700 hp to run mid to low 10s, and heavier regular non-gutted muscle cars weighing 3000 lbs. with 500+ hp run in the mid to high 11s, so that 538 hp figure seems correct for the 2348 lb. low 10 second Zombie.

See Ya…John Wayland

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