We covered the amazing White Zombie electric Datsun 1200 last year, which should have been glory enough for John "Plasma Boy" Wayland. But now Mr. Wayland (who got his nickname from the superhot plasma pouring out of his car during an unfortunate dead-short battery-fire mishap a while back) is featured on Page One of today's Wall Street Journal, which has a pretty good story about the man and his car. We'd like to see what this guy would do with a Lectric Leopard. [Wall Street Journal]
I've been following the Zombie's story for a couple of years. It's hella awesome. You notice that quarter-mile time doesn't really correspond to a gasser's trap speed - the Zombie LEAPS off the line and shoots to a high speed, but the acceleration drops off as the line approaches.
The Chevette would lend itself to this nicely - being a rear-driver, the chassis is already set up for a straightforward install.
Get the Kostov motor!