Records improve the breed by MOTO-MAGAZINE

September 21, 2015

The magazine “MOTO” – September 2015

Alan Cathcart, translated by Alexander Vorontsov photo Kevin Wing

Lightning / LS-218 / elektrobayka /Sport /

This year may be called superbikes season: on the track came a generation “200+” – the latest version of the Aprilia RSV4, BMW S1000RR, Ducati 1299 Panigale, Yamaha YZF-R1 (and do not forget about the compressor Kawasaki H2!). But they challenge the world’s fastest elektrobayk – Lightning LS-218, whose sales also begin this year.

Lightning LS-218 is $ 38,800 (excluding taxes) – a serious figure. But someone is willing to pay $ 50,000 for Kawasaki H2R! A Lightning surpasses the Japanese bomb in the dynamics and exclusivity. Compressor motor “cava” gives 156 N· m at 12 500 r / min, and the electric motor LS-218 – a fantastic 228 N · m, available virtually throughout the rev range – up to a limit of 10 500. The Japanese group will make 500 units, Americans – only 150. Moreover, only H2R homologated for racing tracks and Lightning can travel on ordinary roads.


But Lightning jumped like hell-the-box: the process of its creation has taken for nine years. And hardly anyone will talk about it better than Richard Hatfield, founder and owner of Lightning Motorcycles.

 where it all began, Richard?

And I always had a passion for unusual and dynamic devices. Even when I was in university, he has built into its own VW Beetle engine Chevy V8 from the Corvette. A motorized interested much later – as with other enthusiasts turned on him a sports car Porsche. Then we did not have a good lithium battery, but the technology has attracted me since its inception: it is much wiser to use a battery with better returns. And since I was also an avid motorcyclist, then quickly realized that the two-wheeled vehicle is even better suited for transfer to electric.



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