Last year we told you about a plucky little UK-based firm called Lightning Car Company (LCC) that had announced its intention to build a 700-hp equivalent electric sports car called the Lightning GT. It's a lofty goal that took one step closer to fruition recently when LCC unveiled the production form of the Lightning GT. The carbon fiber body is certainly sexy, flowing between positive and negative spaces that wrap around the car and bulge in all the right places. We see a little Corvette in its shape, as well as some Aston Martin and Jaguar in the details. The Lightning GT also sports mechanicals that are available right now, including the same Altairnano batteries that propels the Phoenix SUT and the PML wheel motors powering the 640-hp electric MINI. LCC is currently building a prototype to see how well the Lightning GT will work in the flesh, but like any visionary company worth its weight in vaporware, is currently accepting £15,000 deposits.
[Source: Lightning Car Company via AutoblogGreen]
ELECTRIC LIGHTNING GT DESIGN REVEALED
In June 2007, The Lightning Car Company announced its intent to develop electric technology for a luxury
British sports car – the Lightning GT. Today sees the unveiling of its evolutionary design. This super car with its
outstanding presence & performance is set to put British sports car innovation well and truly back on the map.
Designed to accommodate the latest battery and motor technology and reflect its 100% electric power and performance, the electric Lightning prototype is being hand-built by a small team of passionate British engineers, designers and collaborators.
Whilst the rest of the automotive world engages in the hybrid, hydrogen or electric debate, the Lightning Car
Company firmly believes its 100% Electric Lightning GT will help kick start the market for performance EV's.
Without a significant positive shift in perception, electric motoring will remain a huge compromise in the eyes of
driving enthusiasts and therefore fail to impress the masses. Our vision is shared by the world's biggest car
maker, General Motors, who believes the global oil supply has peaked and a switch to electric cars is
The design team has created a successor to the petrol Lightning GT. Combining the spirit, heritage,
individuality and drama of the original car with a dynamic and contemporary design language moves it into a
new era and, in doing so, embraces the new technologies and innovative architecture that reside beneath its
skin. Subtle creases, positive and negative sections add a sense of strength and finesse to the dramatic
surfaces of the car while retaining an understated, yet distinctive British Grand Tourer aesthetic. The Lightning's
interior will also be designed to complement the unique electric driving experience.
With the build of the prototype well underway, we should see how this translates into the 'real thing' during the
second half of 2008. The electric Lightning GT and Sports versions are now available to pre-order and deposits
of £15,000 are being accepted.
THE ELECTRIC LIGHTNING - DESIGN FEATURES
The vehicle proportion has been retained yet exaggerated, enhancing the dramatic volumes of the car. A
reduction of visual mass through the corners of the vehicle has assisted creating a more dynamic shape in
keeping with the lightweight ethos of the vehicle.
The Carbon skin appears to be draped over the revised chassis architecture and wheels creating powerful
arch bulges and undulations within the surfaces. These augment the sense of drama and character,
enhancing the visual strength of the vehicle.
Feature creases run from front to rear of the car accelerating your eye through the surfaces generating a
subtle nose forward movement while linking key functional areas.
The iconic head fairings have been retained and revised carbon panels form exit air vents. Vents in the
bonnet and side surfaces hint at the performance credentials of the car while adding visual continuity,
interest and cooling of the power source.
The "face" of the car has been reinterpreted to generate a stronger, more contemporary shape. The light
cluster design follows the crease line forming an aggressive feature while the revised "mouth" encases
feature fog lamps.
In place of the exhaust housing is a down force generating sculptured diffuser. Rear lamps are inset into a
Carbon fibre graphic adding sophistication while generating a signature rear shape. The overall design
appears lower, wider and more muscular than its predecessor hinting at superior aggression and