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Lightning Electric Motorcycle Sets 173 MPH Land Speed Record

By: Katie Cordrey - Published:   Updated: Jul 19 2011 • References: evworld & powersportsnow
The Lightning electric motorcycle set a land speed record of 173 MPH at the Bonneville Salt Flats on September 2, 2010. The screaming fast two-wheeled EV is powered by a motor salvaged from a General Motors EV1 electric car.

The winning bike is a prototype of Lightning Motorcycles, which is headed up by Richard Hatfield in Silicon Valley, California. A street-legal version of the Lightning electric motorcycle is in the works.

Implications - If you are someone who has a need for speed, then this electric motorcycle is sure to be intriguing. It's not often that an electric motor sets a world record, as most people think gas power is the way to go. For all those doubters, this electric motorcycle land record demonstrates just how fast these things really are!

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