Lightning Motorcycles is still on the salt flats at Bonneville, looking for the ultimate in speed on an electric motorcycle. After already on Sunday setting the fastest speed recorded for any electric motorcycle, the Lightning crew set back to work on crushing its own 206.079 mph land speed record. Posting a 214.209 mph speed yesterday, Paul Thede had to once again back up the team’s accomplishment with another wicked fast run today, in order to get into the record books. Battling gusty cross-breezes, Thede put in an astonishing palindromic 217.712 mph time to set another LSR for Lightning, which officially comes in at 215.907 mph in the APS-? class.
Talking to Lightning CEO Richard Hatfield on the phone this afternoon, the team is ecstatic about its accomplishment, but is eager to break 220mph before leaving Utah. Though the salt conditions have been favorable, Hatfield explained that Thede got knocked around pretty good during today’s run; and under better conditions, the 200 MPH Club member could make a serious bid on 220’s door.
“The reception on the salt at Bonneville has been overwhelmingly positive,” said Hatfield. “We’ve just has some really great support from some really fast guys,” he continued, and was quick to point out the exceptional help from Jim Hoogerhyde, a fellow San Franciscan and 200+ mph two-wheeled salt flat goer.
Lightning has until Friday’s conclusion of the SCTA’s Speedweek to break the 220 mph barrier. As usual, we’ll be the first to let you know if/when the team reaches that mark.
Source: Lightning Motorcycles