Anyone who’s been following the EV scene knows about John “Plasma Boy” Wayland and White Zombie, the 1972 Datsun 1200 he’s been running for 16 years. This thing has long been a force to be reckoned with in the National Electric Drag Racing Association. Wayland has been a member of the organization’s 100 MPH Club since May 9, 2004, when he did 100.76 mph.
The juice goes to a Siamese 9 motor with a Zilla Z2K 2,000 amp controller. Wayland also reworked the suspension and rear end — a modified Ford 9-inch setup — to handle the power.
That did the trick. Racing against a Nissan GT-R with 485 horsepower, the little Datsun tripped the timer at 10.400 and 117.23 mph. And the GT-R?
It was about a second behind.