Ford Mustang Electric Drag Car Does 0 To 60 MPH Under 2 Seconds, Targets 200 MPH


1968 Ford Mustang "Zombie 222" electric conversion

1968 Ford Mustang "Zombie 222" electric conversion

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The McLaren F1 supercar and Tesla Model S P85D sedan can both do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds. But they're not fast, not really.

Not when there's an electric car that will do 0 to 60 in less than 2 seconds.

That car is a 1968 Ford Mustang converted to electric power with the "Zombie 222" package developed by tuner Mitch Medford.

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Medford hopes to make a business of converting classic American muscle cars into electric drag racers, and this Mustang makes a pretty effective ad for the concept.

It recently achieved a claimed 0 to 60 mph time of 1.94 seconds, along with a best quarter-mile time of 10.24 seconds at 140.8 mph, according to Hemmings.

The quarter-mile time was recorded during a recent session at San Antonio Dragway, and the 0 to 60 time was calculated from it using the Wallace Racing Calculator.

1968 Ford Mustang

1968 Ford Mustang

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Medford claims the car's two electric motors produce over 800 horsepower and 1,800 pound-feet of torque together.

Now that the Mustang has shown what it can do on the drag strip, Medford is going for outright speed.

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He took the car to the Texas Mile, where cars compete to achieve the highest top speed over a straight mile course.

The Mustang achieved 174.2 mph, beating the previous record for a street-legal electric car of 155 mph. Medford hopes changes to the car's gearing will allow it to reach 200 mph at the next Texas Mile event in October.

1968 Ford Mustang

1968 Ford Mustang

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The car was developed in collaboration with longtime electric drag racer John Wayland.

Wayland's "White Zombie"--a 1972 Datsun 1200--has been destabilizing the Internet for some time, recording a best 0 to 60 time of 1.8 seconds, and a quarter mile time of 10.25 seconds at 123.7 mph.

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If the Zombie 222 Mustang seems like your ideal car, Medford and company will build a copy for $125,000--assuming a suitable donor car can be found.

There are also less-extreme conversions starting at $50,000.

The look on supercar owners' faces when they get passed by an old American muscle car with a near-silent electric powertrain will be priceless, though.

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