PHOTO CAPTION: Lightning electric motorcycle at Bonneville on August 31, 2010.

Electric Motorcycle Sets New Land Speed Record of 173 MPH

Lightning Motorcycle team also won TTXGP race series this year.

Published: 02-Sep-2010

PAPILLION, NE (2 September 2010) Lightning Motorcycles, winners of the first North American TTXGP race series for electric motorcycles, today broke its own land speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats set just two days ago.

On August 31, 2010, the bike set a new Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) and American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) land speed record of 162 mph. On September 1, the team then achieved a top speed of 166.3 mph.

After tuning its electric motor, salvaged from a General Motors EV1 electric car, on a dynamometer in Salt Lake City overnight, the team, led by founder Richard Hatfield of San Carlos, California, returned to Wendover, Utah for third crack at the record book in a week and reached a top speed of 170.97 mpg into an 11-mile headwind. On the required return run, with the wind having died away, the custom one-off, road-racing machine charged across the dry lake bed hitting 176 mph, for an official average speed of 173 mph.

Lightning Motorcycles is planning to bring out a street legal version of the Lightning for consumer sales. Earlier this summer, the team also won three of the four inaugural TTXGP race series in North America, qualifying it to participate in the invitational finals in Spain.

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