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Blue Meanie

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Blue Meanie was acquired by John in 1980 and eventually built as an audio 'sound-off' competition car.
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NOTE: Current specifications are listed at evalbum

Plasmaboy EV Racing: Blue Meanie

I built my first [electric car], ‘Blue Meanie’, back in 1980, a primitive EV by today’s standards with just 48v of batteries and a small aircraft motor/generator. The first time I ‘hit it’, it layed rubber for 30 feet, but the zero rpm high torque of the 6 inch electric motor twisted the driveline and cracked the transmission case. Today, Blue Meanie is much more refined with 156 volts and 1200 amps of juice being fed to a robust 9 inch Advanced DC electric motor. The car is quick and fun, hitting 60 mph in about 8 seconds and running past 120 mph. Since 1980, it has never needed an oil change, antifreeze, a tune up, exhaust work, belts, hoses, or a trip to the DEQ [Oregon State Department of Environmental Quality test center] for a smog test. Blue Meanie was featured in ‘Car Audio and Electronics’ magazine in the March ‘95 issue, as the world’s only electric soundoff car. The car is still in immaculate shape and is my daily driver.
  • badgeless grill


  • back deck speakers

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  • amps in 1200 sedan spare-tire location


  • Custom interior and e-meter gauges
  • Datsun 1200 coupe-style ammeter gauge

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  • Drivetrain: Original Datsun 1200 4 speed transmission with clutch
  • Motor: Advanced DC FB-4001
  • System Voltage: 156 Volts
  • Range: 20-25 miles reliably, 37 miles pushing things!
  • Curb Weight: 2340 pounds
  • Suspension: Front and Rear competition anti-sway bars
  • Clutch: KC Tool 'Borris Style' racing clutch ('It vill not schlip!')
  • 13- Optima YellowTops, 156 volts
  • tilt-away front seats with access to under-seat mounted components
  • competition stereo system: 300 watt, 14 speaker (4 subs), AM/FM/DAT source unit and 10 disc CD changer
  • Aluminum adapters and motor mounts
  • Stainless steel used in all battery trays, brackets and supports, and in stereo component housings
  • Front suspension: Datsun 240Z front springs
  • Rear suspension: extra Datsun B210 rear leaf spring combined with stock springs
  • Tires: 175/70 R 13 GoodYear Invicta GLR (low rolling resistance)
  • remote controlled motorized rear battery tray


  • Controller: DC Power Systems 'Raptor' monster controller, 1200 amps @156 volts
  • Engine

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  • Paint: violet pearl over royal blue
  • Interior: found a wrecked Soob [Subaru] wagon with just 1500 miles on the clock that had 'as new' grey cloth seats that I scooped up in a hurry. These seats are shaped similar to the factory 1200 seats, but are far more supportive and look vaguely Recaro-like. I had the Soob rear seat cover fitted to the 1200 rear seat frame. With cutom door panels covered in grey cloth with violet vinyl insert, matching rear quarter panel covers, and salt & peper style grey carpet that also covers the kick panels, the Soob seats blend in nicely, and are still in mint condition today. A trio of MB Quart separates [speakers] are also mounted in each door, and they have custom painted grills that blend in well with the interior scheme.


The Ultimate in Stealth
Yes, there’s nothing quite as fun as crusin’ in Blue Meanie, pulling up to a light, and after the guy next to you looks over your little 1200 and the light changes and he stomps on his tricked out Honda, I blow him away with electric power, as the rear tires bite in after a bit of squealing, and I rocket away from the Honda like it has been put into reverse!


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1998 Film  V I D E O  He Built The Electric Vehicle Of His Dreams. The BLUE MINI (click to view)


British Columbia's Rev! events

Rev! 99

Rev! 1999 photo gallery has these pics of Blue Meanie.

John "Plasma Boy" Wayland's Datsun 1200, "Blue Meanie"

John Wayland's "Orange Boy" and "Blue Meanie" in the charging area

Show-goers checking out the EVs on static display

Interior photos
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Rev! 2000

Rev! 2000 photo gallery

John Wayland's Datsun 1200 conversion, "Blue Meanie". This is a competitive soundoff car
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