Zombie 222 Gets Some Hot Rod Love


We don’t love doing stories on stories, but this is big, in a cross-pollination of cultures sort of way.  You remember Mitch Medford and the Zombie 222, right?  Well, Hot Rod Magazine (yes, the Hot Rod Magazine) picked up the story and did a proper gearhead treatment of it, with actual good information, some great detail and action photos… and no apologies.

Among some of the information we bumped into was the confirmation that the car is, indeed, direct drive without a transmission, something we weren’t quite sure of back the other day. (update: see the comments for an explanation of the dual overdrive unit.)

“From behind the wheel, the experience is as disconcerting as it is exhilarating. There’s no cam lope massaging your ear drums, no unburned hydrocarbons tickling your nose follicles, and no rhythmic thumps pulsating into your pudgy, middle-age torso. Gone are all the visceral elements of driving a musclecar, as the e-Mustang hums along in near silence like a golf cart. At least that’s what you think until you hit the loud pedal and unleash 800 horsepower and 1,800 lb-ft of torque. Unlike an internal combustion engine, all that torque hits instantaneously. In fact, the e-Stang kicks out so much torque that it has no transmission at all. Nothing short of stalling up a big-block and popping the transbrake at 6,000 rpm even comes close.”

…and some of the more intimate perspectives from Mitch on the build, and his driving ambitions:

““For me, building an electric musclecar is less about being environmentally responsible and more about the amazing performance that electric motors offer. Just like intercooled turbos and superchargers revolutionized the performance industry, I feel that electric motors are the next major advancement in hot rodding,” he opines.

His vision led to the creation of Blood Shed Motors, an Austin, Texas-based company that specializes in electric conversions for classic cars. “Restomods are all about adding modern technology to old-school musclecars, so electric conversions are like building the ultimate restomod. That’s why we’re not interested in performing conversions on late-models. While it doesn’t have to be a ‘60s musclecar, we prefer to work on cool vintage cars.”

We’re not going to thieve the masterful photographs from that story, but do swing by and check them out for yourself.  They’re well worth the visit.  Among the hot-rodder details, we’re also seeing a whole lot of tech details we love – the throttle pot linkage, the 12V accessory pumps, you know, like that.  We also get to wince a little when the call it the “e-Stang”.  Really?  Ah well…  gear heads.  You know how they are.  But hot-rodders don’t really care.  Just make it go crazy fast, and look amazing.

Stop over and show ’em some EV lovin’, here: This Electric 1968 Ford Mustang Kicks Out a Shocking 800 HP!

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e-Stang, what a great place to change a culture.

Lots of entertainment to be had in the comments on this story at the Hot Rod Magazine Facebook page- http://www.facebook.com/hotrodmag

He hits the nail on the head with the parallels to turbocharging. There was a lot of “there’s no replacement for displacement” and “are you trying to turn it into a civic?” nonsense about adding turbos to a vintage muscle car at one time. At the end of the day though the community is about going fast for cheap and with your own elbow grease. The movement to electric is unavoidable in this regard… when the “cheap” part gets sorted out 🙂

Yeah! When I was a boy Hot Rod was THE rod mag…real engineering articles for thinking grease monkeys. Good for you Hot Rod.

Thanks Ted for the heads up.

Ted, he DOES have what is essentially a transmission. It’s a very interesting setup, with an overdrive unit is engaged manually via the front switch.

“If plans call for keeping speeds below 80 mph, the overdrive unit can be removed, in which case the motors attach directly to the rearend with an extra long driveshaft. To prepare for the Texas Mile, Mitch added a second overdrive unit. ”

“Four switches on the center console control just about everything in the drivetrain. The three black switches control the line lock, overdrive unit, and power to the car while the silver switch activates Forward and Reverse. ”

So, normally the motors engage the driveshaft 1:1 down to the 2.47:1 differential. But the overdrive units of them each right behind the motor–exactly where a transmission would be (see pic 7/32)– making the overall gearing taller by a 0.78:1 ratio each when engaged.

As the article states, he needs to add a SECOND unit for the Texas Mile to get to 174 mph. So he trades gear-reduction/torque-multiplication for speed, when engaged.

Without that selectable overdrive unit, again, effectively acting as a transmission but with torque dividing gears (ratio less than 1) instead of torque multiplying gears (1.0+ ratio), the car could not exceed 80mph!