Back in February of 2009, UK-based Lightning Car Company announced that it was intent on building and selling its electric GT sometime in 2010. Well, the year is but three months from coming to a close and Lightning, as one might expect of any fledgling automaker, is running behind schedule. Lightning claims that its battery-powered GT will enter a "late prototype" phase soon and hopes to have the vehicle production-ready by spring of ... 2012.
Since unveiling the GT back in 2007, significant changes have been made. The proposed in-wheel motors have been ditched in favor of a rear-drive setup sourced from an unnamed German manufacturer. Performance numbers have been modified to account for changes made to the vehicle's drivetrain and electric motors. The car is tipped to run from 0-60 miles per hour in five seconds and range is expected to be more than 100 miles. With a projected price now soaring to £180,000 ($290,628 U.S. at the current exchange rate) we'd have to admit that selling even 250 electric GTs per year (Lightning's projected production volume) seems more than a bit optimistic. Hat tip to Mike!