• 11Jul

    The Tesla Roadster may be considered as the king of the road when it comes to zero emission performance. The British firm Lighting Company wants to catch up and challenge the Tesla Roadster by working on a 700hp electric vehicle that will go on production by 2010.

    Lightning GT

    The engine of the next generation vehicles will be derived from the DNA of their first EV the Lightning GT.

    According to Lightning, the company will design and come up with several variants. This includes an off-roader SUV, a limo type saloon, and a sports car.

    The company wants to focus on the Lightning GT and deriving the power plants of the new members of their brood from it will allow them to release them to the market as soon as they are ready.

    The Lightning GT is expected to be released by spring of 2010 and orders for the units are coming. A third of the deposits are mostly from the United Kingdom alone. The specifications of the car though have not been finalized and the information disclosed to the media is very limited.

    So far, it is clear that there will be a 700hp electric engine that will rely on nano-titanate battery pack. This powertrain will be able to zoom the car from 0 to 60 in a matter of 4 seconds, and reach a top speed of 130mph.

    The system of the EV makes use of Hi-Pa Drive which makes use of brushless motors with permanent magnet on each of the wheel of the vehicle. The design allows optimal traction and also allows the car to make use of regenerative braking. With the Lightning having power on each wheel, there is no use for gear boxes, drive shafts, differentials, or propshafts.

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