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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 9, 2013

Lightening Superbike Is World's Fastest Electric Motorcycle With Top Speed Of 218 MPH

218 MPH aka ~350 Km/h is the new speed record to beat! The Lightening Superbike has officially been crowned the fastest electric motorcycle in the world. You may argue that there are faster bikes, but this one has been approved to be driven on the roads and not just on the test tracks. Just to prove that the times of electric superbikes have arrived, the motorbike recently won the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30th. What's important to note that the Lightening Superbike beat all 82 gasoline powered motorcycles in the race.

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The Lightening Superbike hosts a powerful IPM Liquid-Cooled 125 kW+, 10,000 RPM electric motor. It would be equivalent to a 167 HP gas powered engine. The motor gets its power from the 370V, 12 kWh battery, which the company says is the most powerful and safest battery available for electric motorcycles. The company has partnered with Race Tech to develop and deliver world-class suspension system for the bike. The brakes are Dual Brembo 310mm disc & Brembo radial-mount forged 4-piston calipers. The Marchesini forged magnesium wheels have the dimensions 3.5″ x 17″, 120/70ZR17 (front) and 6.0″ x 17″, 190/55ZR17 (rear).

The bike also offers user programmable regenerative braking. The motorcycle does 100 miles on highways and about 160 miles in the city on a single charge. One might ask why is the highway mileage lesser than the city mileage. The answer lies in regenerative braking which keep on powering the battery when the user applies brakes. At the rate of $0.12 / kWh, you can enjoy about 160 city miles for just about $1.44. That's incredible, isn't it?

The bike uses a charging station that is completely solar powered. The charging stations have been developed by SMA America LLC.

If you're already dreaming of owning this superbike, then be prepared to shell out only $38k. It looks like the clean & fast tech is still out of reach for many. What say you?

Via: SMA-America
narayana murthy
narayana murthy • Jul 9, 2013
amazing but it would be more awesome if it gets its own power source for recharging
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 9, 2013
narayana murthy
amazing but it would be more awesome if it gets its own power source for recharging
I quite like the idea of using Solar powered charging station instead of regular power-point. What's even more impressive than the bike itself is that it offers a city mileage of about 160 miles! That's quite a lot!
narayana murthy
narayana murthy • Jul 9, 2013
impressive but it will high rating if the wireless electricity comes to existence
expecting it will come soon
lal
lal • Jul 10, 2013
Can't be better! Awesomeness!!

If you feel like you won't make it home, need to go a few more miles and the battery is about to dry out, pump the brakes and go that extra mile 😁
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 10, 2013
The mileage they've got is awesome! Plus the solar powered charging is a clear winner!
Abhishek Rawal
Abhishek Rawal • Jul 10, 2013
This is Crazy Engineering. Salute to the Engineers.

Coming to point raised by CEans: Solar Powered Charging.
The Solar panels on the body of the superbike won't look cool at all. Also,the total area covered by bike is not sufficient to generate required energy.
Another factor is 'Aerodynamics', With the solar panels on the body of the bike, will directly impact it,resulting in lesser speed performance,hence not recommended I assume.
Jeffrey Arulraj
Jeffrey Arulraj • Jul 10, 2013
I think solar panel implementation in this will be not a good idea

Wireless power transfer and also Some EM induction based power transfer will work wonders in this for sure
Regenerative braking-Yes it is the feature that attracts me first.The mileage achieved proves the efficiency and the top speed of 200+mph satisfies the power expectation.
Can this technology be implemented in LMV/LCV segment?
congrats to the crew.
Is the name of the bike is Lightening fast?
Is it Lightning or Lightening?

Regenerative braking-Yes it is the feature that attracts me first.The mileage achieved proves the efficiency and the top speed of 200+mph satisfies the power expectation.
Can this technology be implemented in LMV/LCV segment?
congrats to the crew.​
sorry it was Lightening.

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