SAN CARLOS, Calif., Aug. 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Lightning Motorcycle set a new land speed record by becoming the first electric motorcycle manufacturer to exceed 200 mph during the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week, August 13-19.
The production Lightning Electric SuperBike achieved an average speed of 215.960 mph with a best speed of 218.637 mph – more than 40 mph faster than the previous record of 173 mph, also held by Lightning Motorcycle. Lightning’s record is recognized by the Southern California Timing Association/Bonneville
Nationals Inc. (SCTA/BNI).
Driven by Paul Thede, principal of Race Tech and the developer of the Lightning SuperBike’s suspension system, the SuperBike made a run of 214.209 mph, followed by a return run of 217.712 mph.
This new land speed record maintains the manufacturer’s position as the fastest electric bike in the world in its class, and also makes the Lighting SuperBike the fastest production motorcycle available for sale in North America.
“Our team was confident and excited to participate at the Bonneville Salt Flats, which is the ultimate proving ground to validate the performance of our Lightning SuperBike,” said Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “We not only succeeded in shattering our previous record, but we confirmed that electric motorcycles will be an important part of our industry’s future.”
The Lightning Electric SuperBike features a Remy HVH250™ electric propulsion motor, an Ener1 battery pack and additional enhancements. It is factory equipped with track mapping data acquisition. The
SuperBike, which is equally suited to track days, weekend rides on your
favorite back roads or record runs at Bonneville, has a usable freeway speed
range of over 100 miles and a combined city/highway EPA range of over 150
miles. Interested buyers can purchase the SuperBike by visiting