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1978 Ford Pinto Electric 1/4 mile Drag Racing trap speed 0-60

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1/4 Mile ET: 12.470
1/4 Mile MPH: 104.470
1/8 Mile ET: 7.858
1/8 Mile MPH: 85.920
0-60 Foot ET: 1.816
VBOX 60-130 MPH:
Standing 1 Mile MPH:
Temperature F: 65.0
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Car Make: Ford
Car Model: Pinto
Car Type: Electric
Car Year: 1978
Driver: Mike Willmon/Hank Buettner
E-Mail: Private
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Horsepower @ wheels: 314.00
Torque @ wheels: 1260.00
Dyno Type: Dynojet240
Dyno Graph: Ford Pinto Dyno Graph Results
Classifieds: Pinto For Sale
Parts: Pinto Parts

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 1978 Ford Pinto Electric


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(Doug 87L98)
How come only 97MPH trap speed for the 1/4 mile when you have a 84 MPH in the 1/8th? Love the answer you gave for gas! lol

(ann\'marie harris)
that was just great keep up the good work.

geez, I thought I posted an answer to Dougs question but I don't see that it made it. I think we need taller tires. Torque drops off quick with higher RPM so I either need less gear or more tire, I suppose. We're gonna try an extra 1.5\

...an extra 1.5 inches on some beaters tires to see if we can get trap speeds up over 100 mph. Mike

(George Hamstra)
Batteries are starting to deliver, what rear gear are you running? Hope to see you over 100 next week!

Hi George, we're running a 3.25:1 in the Dutchman 9\

(George Hamstra)
Wow! Pulling 1.7 sec 60' with a 3.25 is pretty impressive! I loved the dyno video - especially the series/parallel shift! What if you went with 30 batteries?

The best 60 ft we had was 1.69. We have two strings of 30 batteries for 1500 amps. If we drop to a single string of 30 then we'll only get 750 amps. Looking into a Gear Vendors 2 speed planetary, electric shift overdrive unit. They say they'l take 750 HP. Made for motorhomes. Will fit right between the motor and TH400 tailshaft housing. Only 8\

this comment section won't take the quote marks. ..the unit is only 8 inches long and not bigger around than the motors :-)

(Ted Roger Karson)
Amazing car you have created, thanks. You (Mike Willmon's Crazy Horse Pinto) and AGNS (Shawn Lawless) are about the only EV's we are seeing Racing this year. Buckeye Bullet2 should have used batteries but big money pushing Hydrogen Fuel Cells. With LI-ion batteries they could have gone over 400MPH! Are you thinking about AC? If you were able to get Li-ion on loan, would that put you in the low 11's as it did for John Wayland? The two speed planetary O.D. looks interesting. Would you really need it with AC drive?

LiFePO batteries would put us well into the 11's on weight savings alone. I wish I could afford them, or someone would lend a pack to us. The two speed would help in that we could go to a 4.11 rear end gear and get launched even quicker. I don't desire to go AC just because of the comlexity and cost of the systems. If I break a DC motor I can quickly get a replacement or have the Motor Man rebuild them. I do wish the cars that got me hooked were still running. They will one day when we come knocking on their records.

(Ted Roger Karson)
Thanks Mike, I appreciate the reply. It would seem that AC would solve a lot of problems in the long run (no pun intended). Like less maintenance, simpler drive train. more power, better performance, longer service, less failures, etc. Since you have successfully proven your abilities, I wonder if an AC motor company like Raser, AC Propulsion, Tesla Motors, Buckeye Bullet Teams source, Killacycle Teams source, Siemens, etc would provide an AC motor and inverter on a promo loan? Lastly, if you had the Tesla Motors Roadster AC motor, inverter and battery pack in your Pinto, what do you think this combo turn in the quarter mile? I would predict the 10's.

I predict that the cheap(er) and easier DC system we have in the Pinto will take the Tesla at the track, just like it is. And the Pinto is a heavier car

(Ted Roger Karson)
Your Pinto is a major \

Sorry, I missed the last part of that post (smile) I think this thing does not allow special charaters like in smileys.

(Ted Roger Karsont)
Your Pinto is a major achievement as a world class winning car in drag racing. \

Engine: Two 9 inch electric motors
Turbos: nope
Supercharger: none
Boost Control: uh, no, batteries only
Boost Pressure (psi): no aspirition
Intercooler: all electric
Nitrous Kit/System: no place to hook one in
Nitrous Shot: nope
Pistons (rotors): nope
Port: nope
Rings (seals): nope
Heads: nope
Connecting Rods: No, only 1 moving part
Camshaft: nope
Throttle Body: nope
Intake & Air Filter: nope
Headers / Downpipe: nope


Exhaust: no exhaust - at all
Carburetor: uhm, no

Computer ECU Chip Upgrade: Palm Pilot to make paramter adjustments
Battery: 60 Genesis Pure Lead Series XE16's
Ignition: no need
Spark Plugs: no need
Fuel Injectors: no fuel
Fuel Pump: no fuel pump either
Gas: no, thats dangerous in a Pinto
Transmission: none, direct drive
Clutch/Torq Conv: nope
Differential: Dutchman Ford 9
Flywheel: nope
Shifter: 1 speed
Gears: 3.25:1 in the rear end
Suspension: stock front, stiffer springs in rear
Wheels: original stock optional 5-slots
Brake Rotors/Pads: stock
Tires: Hoosier 275/60R15 Drag Radials
Weight with driver (lbs): 0
Track: Alaska Raceway Park, AK, USA
 Record Modified: September 11th, 2008

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This is pretty much a Stock Pinto, except with a beefed up Ford 9" (as opposed to the stock 8")Roll bars and the gas V6 and C4 Tranny and Gas tank replaced by two electric motors and a bunch of batteries. The car was 2350 lbs stock, so I'm running a little heavier than stock. Mike Willmon and Hank Buettner are the co-owner/builder/drivers.

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