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Fastest Electric Cars: 'Green Monster' Vs. 'White Zombie'

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Rimac e-M3 'Green Monster' electric drag car

Rimac e-M3 'Green Monster' electric drag car

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Once a speed freak, always a speed freak: That's the tale behind Mate Rimac, creator of the Rimac Concept_One electric supercar.

The striking supercar appeared from nowhere to us, but Rimac himself had prior experience with fast EVs--a BMW 3-Series known as 'Green Monster' (via Gizmag).

The 'Green' bit is obvious--it's an electric car for starters, and the color is fairly self-explanatory too.

'Monster' is down to what powers the E30 BMW: A 600-horsepower, 664 lbs-ft electric motor.

Performance is literally electric--60 mph zips by in only 3.3 seconds, which is enough to out-point most current supercars, and top speed is a highly respectable 174 mph.

Range hasn't been forgotten either, as the 'Monster will manage 112 miles on a charge. Probably not at 174 mph, though.

However, the Green Monster doesn't quite manage Rimac's claim that it's the fastest-accelerating electric car, as we can remember another which lays claim to that title--White Zombie.

You guessed it, White Zombie is white. It's not a zombie though. Instead, it's a 1972 Datsun 1200 Coupe, with the '1200' bit removed and a Hi Torque Electric motor installed in its place.

On lithium-ion batteries, the car has done a 10.258-second quarter mile at 123.79 mph--around 1.6 seconds quicker than Green Monster's 11.808-second best.

That said, Green Monster has still set records for its class, and Rimac has an ace up his sleeve--the Concept_One supercar, with over 1,000 horsepower, is set to destroy them both very soon...

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  1. "... with the '1200' bit removed" well played.
     
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  2. I wonder if John Wayland changed the motor in his White Zombie; because in the older videos he says it had about 300 horsepower, which is much less than the Green Monster. Of course the Datsun is much lighter, especially now that he's got lithium batteries in it.
     
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