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Lightning SuperBike is the World's Fastest Motorcycle, and it's Electric

— August 27, 2011 — Autos
If you've ever been curious what it's like to zoom across a flat plain at 350 km/h, you have two options: Either watch the attached video or ask to test-drive a Lightning SuperBike, the fastest electrical motorcycle ever.

Somewhere on the arid Bonneville Salt Flats, professional driver Paul Thede mounted his Lightning SuperBike and revved the engine with the determination of a man after the land-speed record. And after hitting 350 km/h, it was clear that the Lightning SuperBike -- and indeed, all electric vehicles -- could reach the same performance milestones as traditional gas-engine cars. Beating the previous record by almost 70 km/h, the motorcycle's Remy HVH250 electric motor proved that diesel isn't necessarily the most manly fuel on the planet -- energy packs are just as intimidating.

At $40,000, however, the Lightning isn't a discount purchase. In fact, motorcycle enthusiasts can pick up a Suzuki Hayabusa for a fraction of the cost -- as long as they're willing to pollute the Earth, that is!
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