A buddy of mine sent me a link to an electric car that is entering in drag races. This is awesome. John Weyland gutted a 1972 Datsun 1200, converted it into an electric drive, named it White Zombie and has breaking records at his local drag strip. In this video he drops both a Corvette and a BMW M3. 2015 Edit: the video has been removed.
My favorite line from Weyland is “Its fun being the only [electric car] at the strip, but I wish it wasn’t so.” I’ve known that there were people working on things like this, but this is the first time I’m seeing it. I did a quick search and found a few others as well. Enough that there’s now a National Electric Drag Racing Association. Don’t you just love American gear heads trying new things?
Here’s my question. If garage mechanics can turn an old beater into a record breaking racer, then what is wrong with Detroit? This isn’t pie in the sky wishful thinking or a hypothetical what if, I mean this as a serious question. The White Zombie has no radical new technology, Weyland just found the parts that he needed and made them fit his car. I don’t mean to discount Weyland’s work, of course he’s accomplished something here. This demonstrates that an electric car is not only possible, it works. This is no longer an experiment. What I mean is that Detroit wants us to help them stay in business while they keep producing trucks and SUVs.
Like most Americans (all of them that I’ve spoken to, actually), the recent talk of bailouts pisses me off. If the knuckleheads that are running these companies can’t keep it together then let them fail. If management can’t see what people want and produce it, then why on earth would we want them running the company?
As a sidenote, if we help out Dodge, this will be the second time that the government has lent them a hand. Lee Iacocca coaxed the government to guarantee loans for them back in 1979. It blows my mind that amid all of the high gas prices, they’re still coming out with new muscle cars. I say this is not a company worth saving.
This practice of lending a hand to struggling companies is not good. At some point they’ll have to stand up on their own, apart from any assistance, otherwise we’ll end up with a country full of companies that aren’t sustainable apart from handouts. It just sends me through the roof.
Weyland shows us just one method of energy efficient transportation, and he does it by breaking records at the race track, which is brilliant. I love it that he’s killing Corvettes. I hope America is paying attention. While Detroit is working to fit navigation systems and DVD players in their trucks, there are guys in garages coming up with creative solutions to America’s energy prices.