Who holds the record for top speed in a vintage Ford Mustang? If you guessed Carroll Shelby, you’d be close. The racing legend once hit 170 miles per hour in the 1967 GT500 Super Snake. Or you might think it was Mario Andretti, who stuffed a racing engine inside a Mustang and cracked 174 on the Bonneville Flats. But both answers are wrong. The fastest vintage ‘Stang is Zombie 222, the product of Blood Shed Motors out of Austin, Texas.
Zombie 222 is also the quickest electric car in the world — Tesla Model S P100D included — and most likely the quickest street car of any kind after going zero to 60 in 1.79 seconds. With a stripped-down, ultra-aggressive look, it’s without question among the meanest cars on the planet, too.
To find out more about the Zombie, Autos Cheat Sheet spoke with Mitch Medford, founder of Blood Shed Motors, about how this monster came to be and what is was like toppling racing icons like Shelby and Andretti. Here is the first of two articles stemming from that conversation.
Birth of the Zombie 222
With everything going on in electric vehicle performance, we started out asking about the motivation behind the Zombie, and whether it came from anything other than high performance.
“It was a combination of two things,” Medford said. “I’ve always been fascinated with old stuff combined with new. I was one of those guys if you could make a telephone to look like it was from the 1930s, but it was wireless, I’m in. Way back, I remember watching an animated movie called Heavy Metal. In that movie, there was a vintage Corvette, like a ’58 ‘Vette, that was actually a spaceship. I remember thinking how freakin’ cool that was…
“So I’ve always been intrigued by that. Then I was watching ‘Top Gear’ one day when they were testing the first Tesla Roadster, and they were kind of making fun of it — laughing at it. But I started noticing every time they got in a straight line, the Tesla out-accelerated its gas counterpart. On a hunch, I Googled ‘electric drag racing’ and discovered the White Zombie. When I looked at the performance numbers, I thought, ‘Oh yeah. Somebody needs to do this, but to much cooler cars than a ’72 Datsun.'”