This page is a condensed look at White Zombie, a street legal, all steel-bodied electric 1972 Datsun 1200. For a much more detailed look, click on the button 'White Zombie History' and take a tour spanning 17 years. The history pages are a large file and may take a moment to fully open, but this is the best place to see everything 'White Zombie' from the latest design changes to the latest racing results and more. If you're hungry to see the most up to date version of the car you can jump from year to year using the page links and can skip right to it. Another interesting area can be accessed by clicking on the 'Photos' button, then navigate to 'Plasma Boy's various Electric Vehicles, then the sub album 'White Zombie'. If that's still not enough White Zombie info, click on the 'Videos' button and watch this high powered electric car take out muscle cars and hot import drag racers. Want more? Visit 'YouTube' and search 'electric drag racing' to find even more videos of White Zombie.


Watch the terrific episode from the TV show 'Oregon Field Guide' (aired 11-13-08) that featured White Zombie:


You can email Plasma Boy here: jw@plasmaboyracing.com
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Owner: John 'Plasma boy' Wayland
Location: Portland, Oregon
Email: jw@plasmaboyracing.com
Base Vehicle: 1972 Datsun 1200 coupe
Motor: 'Siamese 9' Dual armature series-wound. What used to be two separate 9 inch electric motors, is now one custom built motor. Thanks to 'Hi Torque Electric'.
Drivetrain: Direct drive (no transmission, clutch, or flywheel). Electric reverse. Custom aluminum driveline by 'Inland Empire Drivelines', 'Dutchman Motorsports' heavy duty 'Street Strip' rear setup with Dutchman 31 spline racing axles, Aluminum 'Strange' Ford nine inch differential with Detroit Locker 'Strange' ring and pinion @ 3:50 ratio, CalTracs traction bars. Thanks to Dutchman Motorsports, Inland Empire Drivelines, and Calvert Racing for their support.
Controller: 2000 amp Zilla by 'Cafe Electric'. Thanks to Cafe Electric for their support.  
Batteries: 192 Dow Kokam lithium polymer cells contained in 12, 29.6V clear Lexan modules. Battery pack at 355V, capable of 2,400 amps discharges, and stores 22.7 kWh of energy. Thanks to Dow Kokam, ChemWest, and Manazanita Micro for their support.
System Voltage: 355 Volts
Charger: Manzanita Micro PFC 50, Rudman Regulators. At PIR (Portland International Raceway) where the Zombie usually does its thing, we get to plug into the 240V mains and charge air polution-free as the juice comes from Oregon's mighty Columbia River and its massive hydroelectric system. Away from home at other drag tracks where clean AC line power may not be available, a gasoline fueled 18 hp 2 cylinder Subaru generator makes 10 KW to feed the PFC50 and keep White Zombie's pack charged up. Thanks to Manzanita Micro for their support. 
Heater: none (The tires get pretty hot and smoke a lot!)
12V System: Thunder Sky 13.4V, 40 ah lithium battery.
Instrumentation: a) EVision battery computer. Thanks to Metric Mind for their support.
b) 1000 amp E-meter
Top Speed: 129 mph with 3:50 gear set & rpm rev limit dialed in at 6600
Range: 90 miles urban, 110-120 miles highway
Seating Capacity: Driver and one passenger...rubber underpants required!
Curb Weight: 2348 lbs.
Tires: Rear....BF Goodrich DOT approved,  225/50/15 'G Force T/A Drag Radials' on American Racing 'Torque Thrust D' 15 X 8 two piece alloys custom sized for the Zombie.
Front...Continental 'EcoContact' LRR 145/65/15 on American Racing 'Torque Thrust D' 15 X 4 two piece alloys alloys
Additional Features: Electric line lock, 4/0 wiring, 3000 amp Kilovac Bubba main contactor,  ~400 horsepower w/ 1250 ft. lbs. torque Custom metal fab work by Marko Mongillo. Thanks to Northwest handling Systems for the use of their forklift service truck as our trackside base support vehicle.



The following was written in 2006. After reading it, check out how close this predicted performance came to the below listed 'Best Lead Acid ET' results from the 2007 racing season:


An all new battery pack is being readied for the 2007 racing season based on 60, 16 ahr Hawker Genesis batteries. This 360V pack will be 40% more powerful than the previous 360V pack, and will be capable of making 450 hp! The new pack will be 75 lbs. heavier, but the battery compartments will be far lighter, and other weight reducing mods should keep the car's curb weight close to the same. We expect ETs of 11.8 @ 110 mph, but with continued work, it's possible to see mid 11s for '07!

Best lead acid powered ET 11.882 @ 109.58 mph!
(in the standing start NHRA timed 1/4 mile, per NEDRA)
0-60 in ~ 3.5 seconds!

Best lithium ion powered ET 10.258 @ 123.79 mph!
(in the standing start NHRA timed 1/4 mile, per NEDRA)
1.58 sec. 60 ft. time, 0-60 in ~ 1.8 seconds, 1/8 mile ET 6.443 @ 108.63 mph!

Highest 1/4 mile trap speed, 126.01 mph

Highest 1/8 mile trap speed, 109.28 mph