Lightning Motorcycle, one of the most proficient electric motorcycle builders in the business, beat all of world fastest gas-powered competitors at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC) in Colorado Springs, Co. on June 30th 2013. Not only did Lightning Motorcycle beat its closest gas-powered competitor by nearly 21 seconds, Lightning Motorcycle came eighth overall.
Solar powered recharging was used to fill up the Lightning Motorcycle on its record run.
“We are incredibly gratified with the performance by Carlin ,” said Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “The Lightning team worked around the clock to ensure we provide the best possible bike to Carlin. The Lightning team set this as a goal over 4 years ago after the first North American road racing event at Infineon.
We achieve our goal last Sunday. This accomplishment is a big step forward for Lightning, and we believe this is a giant leap forward for public acceptance of clean renewable energy based transportation.”
The Lightning SuperBike, the world’s fastest electric motorcycle, was powered with solar energy via a SMA inverter and Trina panels which charge the EnerDel battery pack that provide the vehicle with enough power to win the race.
“The win at Pikes Peak shows that superior, world-class performance can be achieved today with clean technologies. The Lightning team is proud to be a leader in the racing world, testing and driving technology for the future. We love the idea of utilizing the racing platform to push the limits of technology while building a foundation for future industries.” said Richard Hatfield, founder and CEO of Lightning Motorcycle. “ We hope this milestone will encourage our colleagues, competitors and other companies in the clean tech industry to develop their products so that consumers will choose them because they are the best in class, and not just because they are green. ” – – Lightning Motorcycle Media
Lightning Motorcycle was the first electric motorcycle builder to break the 200 mph barrier in 2011. Other firsts include: • 1995: First Electric Porsche Race Car • 2006: First Electric Sport Bike • 2007: First 40 miles range PHEV Prius • 2008: First Lithium ATV • 2009: First Landspeed Record • 2010: First Zero Emission NA Road Racing Championship • 2011: First Electric Bike to Break 200mph and, in 2012: the First Solar Powered Superbike. – – Lightning Motorcycle Media
We congratulate Carlin Dunne and Lightning Motorcycle on a stunning victory, we look forward to trying out their products soon!
Check out this video of the electric cars battling the 2013 Pikes Peal International Hill Climb!