Long-time EVangelist John “Plasmaboy” Wayland and Texas entrepreneur Mitch Medford have teamed up using Wayland’s EV-conversion talents to retrofit triply powerful electric powertrains in former American classic cars.
“We’re committed to producing the baddest, coolest, fastest vintage muscle cars in the world, all electric, all the time,” says the Team Philosophy on its Web site of former gas burners that now do 0-60 in 3 seconds, with reliability, and comprehensive re-working.
The photo above by Medford is of its 750-horsepower, 1,850-pound-foot torque electric powertrain conversion to a 1968 Mustang Fastback, the Zombie 222. Wayland and Medford call it the first of their Super Electric Muscle Cars.
You may have heard of Wayland before, as he’s the builder of the 1972 “White Zombie” Datsun 1200 (video below) which now may be one of the quickest street-legal, EVs going.
It’s turned 0-60 in 1.8 seconds, the quarter in the 10.3 range, and is street drivable – no need for a trailer to haul it around.
The duo, operating under the name of “Bloodshed Motors” intends to make turnkey EVs for street or strip based on restored Mustangs, and later other cars like Camaros and Challengers are in the offing.
“We want it to look like it came off the showroom, but still do 0 to 60 in three seconds,” said Wayland to Hemmings Daily.
The Mustang, they figure, should be good for a quarter in the 10 second range with all that torque. The upgrade will include a complete makeover – suspension, brakes, roll bar, air conditioning, and so on.
The company has a few classic cars also in queue to have their old engines taken out, motor, battery, and controller put in pace. Desired are cars in good shape preferably not classic V8s that in themselves might have vintage value.
Prices are estimated at $200,000-$250,000 depending on what range and specs the customer wants.
“If the customer brings in a car, we’ll subtract from that price,” said Medford. “We’d like to supply the cars, though, because we want to make sure we’re starting with a good base of a car – preferably a six-cylinder or a small-block car, so we’re not cutting up a big-block car or something rare.”
Down the road, the start-up wants to supply drop-in kits to help promote electric vehicles.
For more info, see the company’s Web site.