classic British sports car design with
racing car technology the Lightning is
hand-crafted in the UK. Built as a drivers
car, it is powered by four electric motors.
700+ bhp is
available immediately from zero rpm and the
instant acceleration means 0-60 takes under
4 seconds. The lighting can be charged from
a conventional mains power supply. A 10
minute 'fast' charge delivers 300km of
motoring with the help of regenerative
As with all
electric vehicles, the Lightning will be
road tax and congestion charge exempt.
Powering the car on a domestic power supply
will cost approximately 2.2p per mile, a
tenth of the price of a petrol car.
Lighting claim a £20,000 plus saving on
annual running costs vs. an equivalent
petrol sports car.
Motors in each
wheel, provide phenomenal torque and power
capability which is integrated in each wheel
assemble. There is no gearbox,
differential, axel, drive shaft or prop
shaft to contend with. All the power is
generated at the wheels, the point at which
it is required which eliminates mechanical
complexity and power losses experienced with
standard sports cars. The lightweight and
powerful motors also allow for regenerative
braking on all four wheels.
The car is
built from a carbon fibre/aluminium
honeycomb composite monocoque chassis making
it light and safe with a carbon fibre body.
development, testing and manufacture will
take place over the next 18 months.
Reservations for 2010 cars are now being
taken. Expect prices to be in excess of