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Zero to 60 mph in less than 3 — White Zombie dragster makes believers out of fuel hot-rodders

John runs a political machine on 12 polymer batteries.

It’s a Datsun called White and it’s one of the fastest street electric cars in the world. been clocked doing to 60 mph in 2.95 seconds. It’s Corvettes, Camaros and 600-horsepower in quarter-mile drag races lead-acid batteries.

This White Zombie returns to International Raceway for what hopes is another round of electrical hot-rodding. The car also is vehicle to champion a host of important to him, from clean air and water to fighting dependence on foreign oil.

I run on electrons, Wayland says his Northeast Portland home. In his a crew of three mechanics putting the finishing touches on the new batteries, which they six months making by hand.

The cells originally were for the rotor crank on military They’ll be half the weight and the power of White Zombie’s old

I’m not going to save the says Wayland, who just 59 and has been building electric since 1980. But I might tip it one way or the other.

As the White Zombie and electric vehicles continue to the doors off gas guzzling hot rods and cars on the race track, do more than shatter the misconception that battery-powered are still slow, dull and

View full size Wojahn/The Oregonian The trunk to Wayland’s Datsun holds 12 polymer batteries that he and his spent six months assembling by Wayland hopes the electric will accelerate from to 60 mph in 2.5 seconds as he races this against gas-powered Camaros, and Corvettes.

Through zero-emission, performances, the cars have many hot-rodders and drag-racing into EV acolytes. The National Drag Racing Association, Wayland helped co-found in has seen a seven-fold increase in since 2007, with 350 now paying annual dues as far away as Australia and Croatia.

The also sponsors a number of car races throughout the country. The The Wayland Invitational, takes at Portland International Raceway July and will happen weekend. On Friday and Saturday EVs from across the country square off against gas and diesel hot in a series of drag races.

But the main attraction will be White Zombie, which try to be the first electric car to run a quarter in under 11 seconds.

I don’t this to sound bad, but the top dog in my class, Wayland says.

years ago, Rick watched White Zombie past a Camaro with a block engine at PIR.

I believe it, says Glover, 60, a mechanic who has built his own hot rods for than 40 years. These are opening the eyes of skeptics me.

He’s still a fossil guy, but now appreciates EVs: the power. It’s the torque. the novelty, he says.

EVs don’t a lot of noise when they down the track like hot rods. They don’t flames out of their tailpipes. don’t burn the eyeballs of with a cloud of nitromethane

But they’re faster than says Mark Wigginton, track manager. They fast. People love And that’s what racing’s all

White Zombie’s new lithium store 355 volts of energy and can 2,400 instantaneous amps, Wayland. That allows for acceleration. Storing 22.7 hours on energy can allow the to travel up to 120 miles at freeway

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White Zombie’s total is only 2,275 pounds.

Its power, energy and weight some EV converts drool.

just unreal. People no idea what this is capable of doing, says Tom 43, who was a shop foreman and technician for for 18 years, and wasn’t initially on the potential of electric vehicles. He took an electric vehicle out for a

That thing accelerated I was shot out of a cannon, he says.

believes the best way to win over to EVs and other environmentally sustainable isn’t by legislating or fingerpointing, but by them at the races. I don’t to guilt trip people, he I want them to have

And then I’ll kick butt.


What: Wayland Invitational V

Portland International Raceway, N. Victory Blvd. Portland,

When: Fridayand Saturday. open at 6 p.m.

How much: $8 for and $5 for children

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