The ever continuing dialogue regarding the future of electric cars has drawn a fine line between the believers and the skeptics. But we’ve learned this year not to sleep on EVs just yet, especially when you have cars like this 1981 Camaro and the Volkswagen Beetle Black Current proving that EVs are the real deal.

The latter has already shown that it can blast off a quarter-mile time of 9.51 seconds, an astounding number for a car, let alone an EV. And recently, this 1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing called the "Warp Factor II", managed to pull off a similar feat, clocking in a quarter-mile time of 10.08 seconds at the Lebanon Valley Dragway while hitting a top speed of 127 mph.

It’s not as quick as what the Black Current was able to accomplish, but it was impressive nevertheless, which lends to the belief - hollow as it may be for some - that high-powered EV cars like this one have a place in the future of the industry.

Find out more about the 1981 Chevrolet Camaro ’Warp Factor’ after the jump

  • 1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing
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  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    4,000 amps
  • Torque @ RPM:
    1,500 to 2,000
  • Quarter Mile time:
    10.08 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    127 mph
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Exterior Design

1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing Exterior
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The design of this car will not make you stop and take notice because aesthetics isn’t what it’s all about. If you needed any more proof of that, you need only to look inside the car and you’ll notice that there’s only one seat in the whole set-up. The entire body, including the one-piece nose, doors, and trunk, is made out of VFN fiberglass while the floors, firewall, wheel wells, and rims come in aluminum.


1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing Drivetrain
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Team Haiyin EV Racing currently uses a lithium polymer battery pack to power the Camaro. This pack consists of high-quality Turnigy Nano-Tech Lipo Cells with 14P - 5AH 3.7v cells. Overall, the total pack voltage is 220v at 70AH and a maximum pack amperage of 6300 amps burst and 3150 amps.

The enormity of this pack - there are over 90 individual batteries in series - is not more evident than in the fact that it takes up the entire space of the trunk and rear passenger compartment. All in all, there’s over 4,000 amps that can be tapped with the battery pack, enough power to produce a peak torque of anything from 1,500 to 2,000 lb/ft.


1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing Drivetrain
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With an engine capable of that much torque, it was important for Team Haiyin EV Racing to make the car handle as smooth as possible for its on-track excursions. Custom 9" rear differentials and Strange axles were put into the car, as were Strange rear shocks and a 4-link rear, TRZ Performance front control arms and drop spindles, Afco front coil over shocks, and Strange rotors and calipers.


1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing Exterior
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There’s only one car that the Warp Factor II has in its sights: the Volkswagen Beetle "Black Current." Currently, the record-holder of being the fastest production EV in the quarter-mile, the Black Current’s 9.51-second time is only a little over five-tenths faster than the Warp Factor II’s 10.08-second time.

Team Haiyin EV Racing may not have come close to the Black Current’s time and they’re very much aware of the challenges they face in dropping its own quarter-mile time to under 10 seconds but, we’re pretty confident that we haven’t seen the last of this EV Camaro.

1981 Chevrolet Camaro by Team Haiyin EV Racing Exterior
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  (474) posted on 10.3.2011

Impressive video and reality base too. Nice restoration, now it crossed my mind how great this car before on the raced. Hands up to the team they made it very efficient car still.

  (619) posted on 09.26.2011

How to figure out how this Chevrolet Camaro still stand for a speed performance. Well I guess it because the car have good engine that build strong though the style look old fashioned, there’s nothing really stunning with its looked.

  (242) posted on 09.19.2011

What is use for the two steel in back of the car? Well, This car is great. Yeah this is a vintage car but the performance awesome. I think race car and this vintage car are the same engine.

  (630) posted on 09.9.2011

I guess there’re a lot of reasons to doubt the reliability of the vehicle since its vintage plus its engine its outdated. I don’t think that these vehicles would be a great choice for racing car. 

  (599) posted on 09.9.2011

Well, it’s possible to modify the speed performance of the car as well as its styling. I think they should make the VW beetle as the best sample. 

  (526) posted on 08.24.2011

Yeah right, that’s really impressive for a 1981 Chevrolet Camaro. By simply looking at its outer appearance, I can’t believe that it can still stand in that speed performance in a little period of time.

  (328) posted on 08.18.2011

I think Chevy wants to restore the vintage styling of the car. However, I’m glad that they have boost the figure performance of the car into an impressive amount especially the torque.

  (347) posted on 08.18.2011

Impressive! It seems that Chevrolet really restored its heritage that’s why they still have this legendary 1981 Chevrolet Camaro. I just admired the figure performance of this vehicle, the produced power output is superb.

  (595) posted on 08.18.2011

Are they going to create other versions of this one? Well, even the car is already old, it can still deliver an impressive output. The provided batteries are quite good and it(the batteries) can handle the light weight of the car.

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