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Electric Lightning GT

Tue, 10 Jun 2008 00:00:00 -0700

By Dimitri Pesin

Motor Industry

10 June 2008 10:30

Specialist manufacturer Lightning Car Company is set to build a 700bhp electric sports car. The Lightning GT will be powered by batteries and capable of delivering a range of 250 miles on a single charge by distributing power through electric wheel motors.

All of the power will be available from zero rpm and a 0-60 time of under four seconds is predicted. The NanoSafe technology that the GT will use is from American company Altairnano and is the result of the company’s research into safe, high-power batteries using nanotechnology.

Power to the wheels will be delivered through a British-developed system called Hi-Pa Drive, an integrated motor and drive electronics in one single unit.

The combination of the two systems helps produce more power and the Hi-Pa drive system has already been used by Volvo on its ReCharge Concept.

Despite the power, the Lightning GT is limited to 130mph to keep the range up and because it’s the speed the company decided would suit a road car.

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By Dimitri Pesin