Finally, somebody is taking a classic Ford Mustang, and stuffing a powerful electric drivetrain under the hood. That someone is John Wayland of Plasma Boy Racing and White Zombie, the 10-second 1972 Datsun EV. He isn’t alone though, having teamed up with eager Texan tech CEO named Mitch Medford, who had the dream of a powerful electric Mustang as a Tesla competitor.
Together, John and Mitch have built a 750 horsepower 1968 Ford Mustang that runs on pure electricity, and can dash from 0 to 60 MPH in 3 seconds flat. Hemmings Auto Blog reports that Mitch came up with the initial idea of building a high-power, all-electric classic Muscle car. During his research, the name John Wayland kept coming up, so Mitch eventually reached out, and the two found enough in common to strike up a business partnership. Together them assembled a team to make the dream come true.
That dream came in the form of a 1968 Ford Mustang, originally powered by a 289 V8. That engine was removed in favor of dual 11-inch electric motors and a pair of Zilla controllers, a Gear Vendors overdrive unit, and a 40 kWh Kokam battery pack. This setup is good for an estimated 750 horsepower, 1,800 ft-lbs of torque, and about 120 miles of driving. The drivetrain adds about 600 pounds to the Mustang’s weight as well, but I think 1,800 ft-lbs of torque more than makes up for that. Coilover shocks, 13-inch disc brakes all around, and a Strange Engineering 9-inch rear end help put that zero emissions power to the pavement. Let me again mention that 0 to 60 MPH figure of 3 seconds. Mmm mmm good.
Granted, we’ve seen electric Mustangs before, even classic Mustangs, but they’ve all been slow, short range vehicles built at home. This is more along the lines of traditional, high-end hot rodding, which has seen an explosion of popularity in recent years, something Mitch and John intend to take advantage of.
They’ve have formed a company named Bloodshed Motors to market their idea to a market hungry for fast and expensive EVs, the first of which is called Black Zombie. The line of electric Mustangs is being called the Zombie 222 package. They estimate that if Bloodshed provides the donor car, a conversion would run in the $200,000 to $250,000 range, depending on the desired range and power specs. Sounds like a lot, and it is, but people have paid far, far more money for Mustangs with much less power. With the average Tesla Model S running over $100,000 out the door, there’s obviously a market interested in electric vehicles that do more than just save the environment, and it’s not so far fetched to imagine dropping this drivetrain into any American classic.
Go green. Go fast. Go in style. Anybody wanna loan a brother $200,000?
Images: Mitch Medford