Lightning Motorcycle hits 206 mph, claims new record for electrics

Publish Date: 
Aug 17, 2011

LIGHTNING MOTORCYCLES is claiming bragging rights as the first electric motorcycle in the world to exceed 200 mph.

The company reports one of its motorcycles blew through the land-speed record for production electric bikes by 30 mph in an Aug. 14 Southern California Timing Association-sanctioned run at the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah.

Lightning (the 2010 land-speed record holder) achieved 206.079 mph, topping its 2010 speed of 176 mph. The bike was ridden by Paul Thede, principal of Race Tech and developer of the Lightning suspension system.

This record speed win coincides with the signing of a long-term supply agreement in which Remy International Inc. will provide Lightning Motorcycles with the Remy HVH250 electric propulsion motor for use in Lightning's commercial electric motorcycles and its professional racing Lightning Superbikes.

"Lightning Motorcycles has the drive and talent to keep pushing the electric bike land-speed record higher with the Remy HVH250 electric motor," said Remy Electric Motors vice president and general manager Kevin Quinn.

"Switching to a Remy electric motor made a powerful difference in our design and performance," said Lightning Motorcycle CEO Richard Hatfield.