The Lightning Car Company is a British company focused on the development and production of high-performance electric sports cars. Although initially conceived as the Ronart Lightning, and using a traditional V8 engine, in 2007 the emerging electric market encouraged the Lightning team to consider a fully electric sports car for performance, style and zero emissions. Just a year later, the prototype Lightning GT secured the prestigious “Car of the Show” title at the London Motor Show.
Fitted with a powertrain system from the UK manufacturer Magtec, the Lightning GT has twin rear-mounted electric motors driving through gearboxes under electronic control. The light but very strong carbon-fibre body and honeycomb aluminium sub-structure allowed the car to reach over 155 mph, hitting 60 mph in less than 4 seconds. A full charge provides around a 200-mile range.
In 2011, the Lightning GT joined, and won, the UK Government’s Environmental and Emissions Monitoring System (EEMS) electric vehicle reliability 12-month trial. It covered more miles than rest of consortium combined and had 100% Electric Vehicle (EV) reliability!