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…It’s Tuner Tuesday: White Zombie?

White Zombie

It might not look like much, but this 1972 Datsun, nicknamed White Zombie, will blow the doors off just about anything on the road today; and it’ll do so without burning a drop of fuel.

That’s because the White Zombie is a fully electric vehicle, and uses 60 batteries and an electric motor to run the quarter in under 12 seconds at speeds in excess of 110 mph.

The team that put White Zombie together goes by the name Plasma Boy Racing, and their goal was to show people what electric cars are capable of. Considering the numbers they’re putting down at the track, I’d say it’s mission accomplished.

[Plasma Boy Racing]

…Ford Racing is funny?

FR500S Window Sticker

Apparently Ford Racing has a sense of humor, as their “Hero Card” for the Mustang FR500S includes such gems as:

  • Green Flag: Gulps Fuel, Yellow Flag: Sips Fuel, and Red Flag: Uses No Fuel At All
  • Stuff It Doesn’t Have: A Lot Of Unnecessary Production-Mustang Wiring
  • Estimated Annual Champagne Cost: Big Bucks
  • Warranty: What, You Expected 5-Years/50,000 Miles?

Click the link for more Ford Racing funnies.

[Ford Racing – FR500S]

[Via: Autoblog]

…The 1959 Opel T-1 gets good fuel economy?

1959 Opel T-1

Though it doesn’t look like much, this 1959 Opel T-1 managed to get 376.59 miles per gallon back in 1973! How did it manage such an impressive number?

  • The weight was reduced as much as possible by stripping out every part of the interior except for the seat.
  • The wind resistance was reduced by chopping the top down to a lower height.
  • Friction was reduced by narrowing the rear axle and using super-hard low-friction tires.
  • Weight and parasitic fuel loss due to slippage was eliminated with the use of a chain drive.
  • The fuel line was insulated and heated to enter the combustion chamber as lean vapor.
  • The car was driven at a steady 30 mph using the stock 4-cylinder engine.

It doesn’t take much, does it?

Prius owners, you have met your match.

[Via: TreeHugger Via: Seattle Pi]

…The Film Can Cannon looks like fun?

Film Can Cannon

Learn the basics of thermodynamics with a film can cannon.

Butane from a lighter provides the fuel, the lighter’s sparker provides the ignition, and the film can provides the ammo, so all you need it some time and a few simple tools to build your very own.

Don’t you wish all science was this much fun?

[Flickr – Film Can Cannon]

[Via: MAKE: Blog]