We are in no mood to joke around. Neither do we have any intention of making a fool out of you and turn back grinning. It indeed is true that Lightning Motorcycles is finally launching the street legal version of the same bike that won AMA and FIM races setting land speed records.
The LS-218 is runs on a liquid cooled 10,500 rpm electric motor that can produce power close to 200 bhp and 228 Nm of torque. Lightning’s proprietary Ultra High Power Density Drive system, which allows max power setting without any concerns of overheating, is the result LS-218 can achieve these phenomenal specifications.
The name LS-218 is derived from the top speed it attained in August 2011 setting a land speed record. In June 2013, at Pikes Peak, Lightning claimed the first position beating 93 other electric and gasoline motorcycle teams by over 20 seconds.
The LS-218 doesn't have a gearbox, which makes it tough for us to imagine what it must be like to ride a bike capable of doing 200+ miles an hour without changing gears. A fully charged battery will take you over a length of 100 miles and takes roughly 30 minutes to charge fully again.
“Since 2006, the Lightning team has been dedicated to developing electric motorcycles that meet and exceed the performance of the best ICE alternatives. To have broad acceptance from the motorcyclist community, we need to provide design, performance and value that competes head to head with the best gasoline motorcycles on the market. Lightning’s R&D team has developed electric vehicle technology through years of competition at racing events around the world. We believe that the LS-218 offers consumers the best of design, performance and value in today’s market,” said Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning Motorcycle.
And if this green pack of adrenaline makes any sense to you or makes you any more curious, it costs $ 38,888 (Rs 23 lakhs approx).