The 1968 Mustang fastback is already a pivotal piece in American muscle car culture. But, with a little gearhead magic, Mitch Medford and his Austin, Texas-based team at Blood Shed Motors took the already classic car and ramped it up to 11 in the form of the Zombie 222.
I mean, it's a pretty simple equation. Once you add dual electric motors capable of churning out over 800 horsepower and 1,800 ft-lbs of torque, you're looking at a legendary machine. With a top speed of 174 MPH, this unbelievable piece of electric muscle can go from 0-60 mph in 1.94 seconds.
As you can see in the above video, the guys over at Autoblog got to see what this incredible electric car was all about. Clearly, they were not disappointed.
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Not surprisingly, the story behind the Zombie 222 is a pretty damn incredible. Back in 2015, The Verge's Michael Zelenko got to spend some time with Medford, both at his garage and behind the wheel of the electric Mustang. His description of the souped-up Ford Mustang tells you pretty much all you need to know.
Per The Verge:
The car had come a long way since the San Antonio runs: the steering system was honed, and Medford has installed the first of two overdrives, which will extend his top speed -- in theory -- to roughly 200 miles per hour. The Zombie is high-tech, but it's not a refined driving experience -- it lacks the silken comfort of a Tesla or the luxury you'd expect from a car with its price tag. The racing battery pack currently installed had a charge time of 45 minutes, and only offered a 40-50 mile range. There's no power steering, and the brakes are heavy. The car feels stiff, tense with power. At high speeds or tight turns, the steady whine of the electric engine is joined by wind noise and creaks from the frame. But the Zombie was built for performance, not promenades.
Drop your foot on the pedal, and the car transforms into a missile. Power flows to the drivetrain effortlessly, and the car jumps from 10 mph to 30 as gracefully as from 60 to 90. "This car is the most exciting thing I've ever driven in my life," says Medford. "It's literally like crack cocaine." As we turned onto the highway toward Sandeez, Mitch leaves six-foot-long tire tracks.
"The Zombie was built for performance, not promenades." Damn straight!
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This post was originally published in September 25, 2019.