Lightning Strike: Electric Motorcycle Breaks 200
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Paul Thede proudly stands with Lightning Motorcycles SuperBike, the first electric-powered motorcycle to break the 200 mph barrier.
An electric motorcycle has joined Bonneville's hallowed “200 MPH Club” for the first time. Paul Thede piloted a Lightning Motorcycle
equipped with a propulsion electric motor developed by Remy International to an average speed of 206.079 mph on two passes, one of them at 208.38 mph, to obliterate the former land speed record (LSR) for electric motorcycles. The run was made on the prestigious Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah Sunday, August 14. Lightning Motorcycles is a collaboration between Richard Hatfield and a group of Silicon Valley engineers “dedicated to the belief that world class performance is compatible with clean tech transportation.”
The new record smashes the previous LSR for electric motorcycles of 176.434 mph set by Riches/Nelson E-bike on a streamliner called the Airtech Lightning Bolt. Lightning Motorcycles entry is heavily faired but is a traditional sit-on design whose previous best was 173.388 mph at the 2010 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials.
Race Tech and Lightning Motorcycles partnered to develop its suspension and Race Tech prinicipal Thede tested the E-bike’s limits on the Salt. The production version of the Lightning Electric SuperBike is claimed to have a range of 100 miles at freeway speeds and a combined range of city and highway miles in the vicinity of 150 miles. It also states it can reach a top speed in excess of 180 mph and sells for approximately $38,000.
Lightning Motorcycles additionally announced a long term agreement with Remy International which will produce the HVH250 motor for Lightning’s commercial motorcycles and race bikes.
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