Mitch Medford's 1968 Mustang is a record-breaking muscle car, but it isn't quite like other '68 Mustangs. Medford's car is all-electric, and it boasts some of the most impressive stats of any car of its kind.
Medford's Mustang has 800 horsepower, 1,800 ft-lb of torque, and is capable of 10-second runs in the 1/4 mile.
The fact that Medford's Mustang is all-electric only adds to how impressive it is.
Medford created Blood Shed Motors in Austin, Texas as a company that specializes in electric conversions for classic cars.
"For me, building an electric muscle car is less about being environmentally responsible and more about the amazing performance that electric motors offer," Medford said. "Just like intercooled turbos and superchargers revolutionized the performance industry, I feel that electric motors are the next major advancement in hot rodding."
Medford calls the car the Zombie 222, and he recently competed with it at the Texas Mile with the goal of breaking the 170 mph record set by Carroll Shelby in a '67 Mustang.
In the video, Medford tops out at 174 mph, breaking the record and making a profound statement about where the future of muscle cars could be heading. If an all-electric car can do that, it could be the wave of the future.
"Muscle cars are supposed to be about stoplight to stoplight performance, so we decided to build an electric supercar," Medford said. "Our Mustang runs 10.7 at 129 mph in the quarter-mile, and it also hits 60 mph in 2.4 seconds compared to 3.2 seconds in a Lamborghini Huracan."
"The 174 mph the Mustang ran at the Texas Mile served as a great way to push the boundaries to top speed to prove that there's more to electric cars than off-the-line performance."
The Zombie 222 costs $125,000, and it includes two motors with two controllers. The mid-level Zombie 211 costs $75,000, and it includes two motors with one controller.
Some traditionalists might not be ready to embrace an all-electric muscle car, but they certainly cannot deny the results.
This post was originally published on July 13, 2017.
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