Lightning GT

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Lightning GT
Lightning GT side.jpg
ManufacturerLightning Car Company
Production2019– (planned)
DesignerChris Longmore, Drive Design[1]
Body and chassis
ClassSports car
Body style2-seat coupé
EngineTwo 150 kW onboard (rear mounted) motors
Transmission5.5:1 reduction ratio, electronic differential, rear wheel drive
Wheelbase2,590 mm (102.0 in)
Length4,445 mm (175.0 in)
Width1,940 mm (76.4 in)
Height1,200 mm (47.2 in)
Kerb weight1,850 kg (4,079 lb)

The Lightning GT is a battery-electric sports car under development by the Lightning Car Company which is a London-based privately owned and funded business.

The project was initially launched to the public in July 2008 at the British International Motor Show,[2] with deliveries originally expected in 2009,[3] but sales to the public have been put back due to a lack of UK funding to the second quarter of 2019 when plans for production will be announced. The Lightning is believed to be in talks with a major continental partner whose technology will catapult the Lightning from its pioneering EV origins to the present day.

Technical details[edit]

Lightning GT at the London Motor Show in 2008 where it won 'Most Impressive Car of Show' in an online MSN poll.

The car is powered by twin rear-mounted synchronous motors, driving through independent reduction gearboxes under electronic torque control. The powertrain system is sourced from MAGTEC, the leading UK powertrain manufacturer, providing rear-wheel drive and a peak power output capability of 300 kW (408 PS; 402 bhp). with 4000 Nm of torque available at the wheels.[4]

The Lightning GT accelerates to 97 km/h (60 mph) in less than 4 seconds and is geared for over 300 km/h (185 mph). Its body will be made from carbon fibre and the chassis from a honeycomb aluminium structure. This unique H chassis will also house the battery modules which when integrated add massive torsional and beam strength. Final assembly location has yet to be determined, but will be in the European Union.

A small amount of the development of the GT was assisted with a grant from the UK Government's Technical Strategy Board,[5] as part of the EEMS Consortium. The Lightning GT development car excelled as a part of this consortium with 100% drivetrain and battery reliability over a full years monitored testing.The GT covered more miles than the rest of the consortium combined.


The standard battery specification includes two 22 kWh Altairnano lithium-titanate battery pack 'strings'. The 9 kW standard onboard charger can fully recharge the batteries in five hours from a dedicated 32amp wired socket[clarification needed] or 12 hours from any standard socket.[clarification needed] An optional on-board charger connected to a suitable dedicated domestic power source can recharge the car from zero in 2.5 hours. A full charge will give the vehicle a 'usable' mixed use range of over 322 km (200 miles). Lightning are developing further battery combinations to take the range further on a standard pack. A range extender option is being developed which will enable significantly longer journeys.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Hidden Work of Design Consultancies". Car Design News. 13 October 2008. Archived from the original on 15 November 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  2. ^ "Lightning strikes Tesla at London motor show". Cnet. 23 July 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  3. ^ "The green sports car with added vroom-vroom". The Guardian. 9 July 2008. Retrieved 10 August 2012.
  4. ^ "_PERFORMANCE". Lightning Car Company. Archived from the original on 14 April 2015. Retrieved 14 April 2015.
  5. ^ "Lightning plans more electric cars". Autocar. Retrieved 29 July 2014.

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