Video: Electric Mustang Races Shelby GT500

The Zombie 222 project is an electric Mustang aimed at performance enthusiasts, but for it to have any chance to succeed, it has to, y’know, perform. John Wayland knows how to make a fast electric car, and this video shows just how fast his Zombie 222 electric Mustang is as it lines up and takes down a 2011 Shelby GT500.

With an estimated 550 horsepower in production trim, the supercharged Shelby GT500 is among the fastest cars on the road. Granted, it’s not as fast as the 662 horsepower 2012 GT500, but it’s still fast enough to make a best-of pass down the quarter-mile in 13.1 seconds. During its day at the drags, the Zombie 222 managed a best-of-run in just 12.1 seconds. besting the GT500 (which is the camera car) by a full second. What’s genuinely impressive though is just how fast the electric Mustang leaves its competitors behind. In the blink of an eye, the Zombie 222 is out in front of V8-powered competitors, and it never looks back.

That’s thanks to the instantaneous torque of electric motors, making 100% of the torque available at 0 RPM, which gives it an estimated 0 to 60 MPH time of 3.5 seconds. With 750 horsepower on tap, it’s faster than even the Tesla Roadster, and everything but the fastest supercars and hypercars.

Of course this doesn’t come cheap, with costs estimated at around $200,000, plus the cost of a 1967 or 68 Mustang. Eventually though, Wayland admits in a post over at DIY Electric that he hopes to gain access to Tesla drivetrains to begin something approaching mass production of his muscle-car-to-electric-vehicle concept. At a recent Cars & Coffee, he said that response Zombie 222 was “OVERWHELMINGLY positive”, which gives me high hopes that this is the beginning of a new era of the classic American muscle car.

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.