• Jul 22, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Lightning GT

Remember the Lightning GT? We told you about this all-electric supercar a few months ago, and it popped up today in person at the 2008 British Motor Show in London. That officially moves it one step away from the pure vaporware it was yesterday, which is a good thing since we're eager to see the carbon fiber-bodied Lightning actually move under its own power someday. That power will be provided by the same Altairnano NanoSafe batteries used by the Phoenix SUT, though churning out the equivalent of 700bhp through four electric motors in this case. Those motors are also the same PML wheel motors used in the 640-hp electric MINI, so they should be able to handle the 700bhp Lightning. There's also regenerative braking, as well as pretty much every standard conveyance of luxury you would find in a normal supercar including air conditioning, sat nav, full leather, etc. Its maker is claiming a 4.0-second charge to 60 mph for the Lightning, but we'd also like to know what type of range they're expecting in such a positively charged coupe. Unfortunately, details like that and the Lightning GT's price are still pretty scarce, though as before, they are accepting £15,000 deposits. At least it's no longer vapor.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice Design. Hope it comes in at a decent price.
      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks very good. I'm not a true fan of the electric vehicles, despite the advantages. What is lightning without the thunder ? I agree that there should be a combustion engine under the hood to provide an appropriate soundtrack. But, hats off the the people that designed and built this car. Let's hope they can live up to their promises and that they don't end up swamped by law suits like Tesla.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Whoa, hide the women and children.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Maybe it's just after seeing a seamless render of the car first, but they need to work on those panel gaps.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like the product of a trist between a 1970 original Marcos and a recent Jaguar. That's not a bad thing!
        • 6 Years Ago
        am i the only one who sees an aston martin? it looks like what the tesla is to a lotus elise.
      • 6 Years Ago
      GT Lightning > SVT Lightning.
      • 6 Years Ago
        • 6 Years Ago
        I looked at your video and much of it was factually wrong.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Few people REALLY want to be green. They either want to look like they are, disillusioned into thinking they are, or are only green when it saves them money. One can argue if you'd make a significant sacrifice for the environment while none of the billions around you do, it's foolish.
        • 6 Years Ago
        @Vintage: YouTube videos are NOT green. Think of the extra bandwidth and extra time it takes a computer to download the megabytes of data from YouTube's servers, when you can just type the same information in plain text taking up just a few bytes or kilobytes. With many different computers taking more time to download the extra data, they are all using up more electricity than they would otherwise, which is NOT green. And when you are repeating the exact same message over and over again to the same group of Autoblog users, causing all of our computers to download the same data (plain text or otherwise) over and over again, now that becomes really NOT green.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Actually you didn't look at my video.

        Used cars ARE green. Keeping cars in good shape for as long as possible uses the fewest resources. THAT was the entire point of that video, so you apparently didn't watch it.

        And I honestly don't care too much what you drive (apart from SUVs), but it pisses me off when people think a new car is 'green' just because it has some batteries. It isn't. Quit dreaming, and wake up to reality. New stuff has a lot of impact. If you really want to be green, drive something old and keep it from getting scrapped.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Those old cars are so green, California had to create carb to clean the air.
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm not saying I am, I'm not saying you should be.

        All I'm saying is that hybrids are NOT a positive impact. For those of you ranking my posts down, you don't seem to understand this. I'm not posting from a high horse, I'm not telling you what to do, I'm just saying I'm sick of companies pretending their products are actually 'good' for the environment, when they obviously aren't. I am just saying it like it really is, instead of letting the wealthy pretend they're better than everyone else.
        s13hybrid
        • 6 Years Ago
        I used to not mind your comments, but lately you have just been preaching. We get it, new cars aren't green, used cars aren't green, my car isnt green, your car isnt green. Nothing is green. Get over it and bring something usefull to the table.

        As far as this car is conserned, I hope they can achieve this as it will be a step forward for the performance aspect of electric cars. And it looks nice.
        • 6 Years Ago
        People like to talk up doing green things and have hope for the future to be green (but not now, not yet, it's not really ready yet), but nobody will do it today on a wide scale (as in all parts of their life, not just one aspect like transportation) unless it's as cheap, convenient, available/accessible, and brain-dead as not being green.

        Add that to the "our products are green because they use 5% less of " greenwashing, and the idea that everything about human life is unnatural and impacts the non-human-life on this planet, and it's hard to be[come] truly green. You can't live without food, and to have food you either have to farm (displacing plants and animals from the land), or you have to kill some animals for meat. You also need a place to sleep (displacing plants and animals with your bed/hut/tent/trailer/house). It's a slippery slope from there to modern life with "unneeded" things like cars and video games and their consequences (landfills, toxic waste, carbon emissions).

        Lowering impact on the environment (plant and animal life) is good. Will we ever be truly green? Not without our own extinction (or leaving the earth and heading into space, where we can have impact on the wider universe instead, and leave the earth to eventually die anyway). Ultimately we are part of the life on this planet. We don't "save the earth" by trying to be green, we save ourselves, by trying not to turn the earth into a place where we can no longer survive.
        • 6 Years Ago
        No, we're just sick of you and you copy and pasting.

        Besides, here's a new green car right here:

        http://flickr.com/photos/steve-brandon/2380070461/

        I have not watched your cute little video because, well, why would I bother. But that is photographic evidence that you are wrong.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Meh.....
      • 6 Years Ago
      Look at the rear of that car. That blind spot looks awfully big.

      • 6 Years Ago
      Looks like an updated 240Z. I'm in love :>
        • 6 Years Ago
        Looks a lot like a 1960s Maserati Ghibli, by Guigiaro.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ...
      Fantastic looks! Reminds me of the original Marcos cars.
      Awesome...
      ...
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is a really shap design
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