Lightning Motorcycles, the company behind one of the fastest electric motorcycles in the world, have made it to the record books a lot of times by setting new land speed records. While most of the records have been made on the Bonneville Salt Flats, the company really got green this time by setting up a new record on their superbike on the 1.3 mile course that runs down the El Mirage dry lake bed.
With a lot less real estate than on the Bonneville, the team managed to achieve something commendable on their zero-emission superbike. Sponsored by solar technology company SMA, and with LSR veteran Jim Hoogerhyde on the handlebars, Lightning flashed through the dusty terrain at 189.086mph. Achieving this speed, the company set a new land speed record for electric or gas-powered motorcycles at this venue.
The three runs of the motorcycle were powered by the sun, which refueled a 48kWh battery pack attached to a mobile solar array, which in turn juiced up the bike’s onboard batteries.