British sports car design with racing car
technology the Lightning is powered by four
electric motors. The Lighting has been
developed with exhilarating performance in mind
with virtually no pollution. The car will
be launched initially as the GT followed by a
lightweight GTS and a longer range, more
equipped GTSE model.
The Lighting is
powered by four 120kw motors utilising Hi-Pa
Drive technology. Power comes from state
of the art NanoSafe battery packs. This
all translates to 700+ bhp and 0-60 in 5 seconds
for the GT and an estimated 4 seconds for the
lighter GTS. Unlike a petrol engine full
power is available from zero rpm.
The lighting can
be charged from a conventional mains power
supply. Charging takes approximately 10
minutes and delivers 250miles of motoring with
the help of regenerative braking. The
batteries are centrally located allowing for
greater balance while still leaving space for
the golf clubs.
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.
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.
utilising a Mustang Cobra V8 are already in use
however the Lighting Car Company are now
focusing on the electric emission free GT which
is available for pre-order. 2008 delivery
is expected. Expect prices to be in
excess of £150,000.