Don Devendorf drove the Electramotive built Datsun 280ZX to many wins.
||Nissan Motor Company
||Tubular steel subframes supporting components
front and rear. Front vented disc brakes; rear
||Unit steel with separate fiberglass panels.
||Front MacPherson struts, coil springs,
Electramotive tube shocks and adjustable
anti-roll bar. Rear semi-trailing arms, coil
springs, Koni tube shocks, adjustable anti-roll
||Nissan comp direct drive 5 speed.
||2486cm3 inline-6, Carrillo rods, forged
pistons. 270 hp, Triple Mikuni-Solex 2V
carburetors, Nissan Competition manifold.
Electramotive Engineering was formed in 1975 by Don Devendorf and John Knepp. They were located in El Segundo, CA and started racing Datsuns in the ranks of the IMSA GTU series, working up to GTO.
I began with Electramotive in 79, setting new qualifying records at Riverside and Road America while co-driving with Don Devendorf in the debut of the Electramotive Datsun 280 ZX. I helped Don win the 1979 IMSA GTU Championship.
In 1980, Tony Adamowicz co-drove with Don Devendorf at the Road America Pabst 500. Set another new lap record there, en route to the 1980 IMSA GTU Championship.
It was to prove a long and successful teaming. Don did trouble shooting for NASA when he worked for Hughes. A true genius in electronics, he was sought after by Porsche, Bosch, and Ford, for his engine management system. It used the CrankFire ignition system, which was developed by Electramotive.
The modest bodywork used in 1979-80 is about to give way to a meaner-looking and much more purposeful body for the GTO car.
Don's "Black Box" was developed at Electramotive on his 280ZX GTU cars to the GTO, and later in the GTP cars. It was a major advantage for power and fuel economy. It was flawless!