Drag site icon to your taskbar to pin site. Learn More

World's First Solar-Powered SuperBike

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Lightning Motorcycles is currently taking orders for its electric SuperBike in either a race-ready or street version.
Barracuda Networks will provide a mobile solar charging unit to fuel the battery pack on the Lightning SuperBike.
Barracuda Networks Inc. today announced a partnership with Lightning Motorcycles that would power the nine-lap FIM E-Power & TTX Championships race at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix with electricity harnessed from the sun, making this the first motorcycle to complete the MotoGP race with a zero carbon footprint.

Through this partnership, Barracuda Networks has provided a mobile solar charging unit that will fuel the lithium ion battery pack onboard the Lightning SuperBike. The 20kwh solar charging unit will provide enough electricity to power the SuperBike’s 100-mile range, effectively making the SuperBike 100 percent pollution free for the race.

“We are excited to partner with Lightning Motorcycles on this historic event,” said Michael Perone, co-founder and chief marketing officer at Barracuda Networks. “At Barracuda Networks, we thrive on innovative technology, speed and competition, and the MotoGP is the perfect venue to debut our partnership and bike.”

The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix featuring the MotoGP World Championship will be held on July 27-29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. MotoGP is the premier motorcycle racing world championship; an 18-race series visiting 14 countries, four continents and with pan-global television coverage. Hundreds of journalists, photographers and broadcasters travel from around the world to gather alongside the more than 100,000 fans who flock to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to cheer on their favorite rider. Additional details and tickets are available at http://www.mazdaraceway.com/red-bull-us-grand-prix.  

About Lightning Motorcycles
Lightning Motorcycles was founded by Richard Hatfield in San Carlos, Calif. in 1999. By 2009, the company had created the Fastest Super Bike in the world and set the land speed record in 2010 at 215.960 mph. The team broke its own record in 2011 with a top speed of 218.637. Since then, Lightning Motorcycles has established its dominance competing and winning in multiple internationally recognized superbike races. The company’s mission is to develop the most innovative competition race bike and use that technology to produce and distribute affordable two wheel electric vehicles to commuter markets worldwide.

About Barracuda Networks Inc.
Barracuda Networks combines premises-based gateways and software, virtual appliances, cloud services, and sophisticated remote support to deliver comprehensive content and network security, data protection and application delivery solutions. The company’s expansive product portfolio includes offerings for protection against email and Web threats as well as products that improve application delivery and network access, message archiving, backup and data protection. Coca-Cola, FedEx, Harvard University, IBM, L'Oreal, and Europcar are among the more than 150,000 organizations protecting their IT infrastructures with Barracuda Networks’ range of affordable, easy-to-deploy and manage solutions. Barracuda Networks is privately held with its International Headquarters in Campbell, Calif. For more information, please visit http://www.barracudanetworks.com.

Login or sign up to comment.