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Lightning strikes with a 740-hp electric two-seater!

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British automaker Lightning has developed a one-of-a-kind, ultra-sporty electric car. The result is nothing short of impressive. In fact, it's safe to say that the Lightning stands up to the most stunning sports cars on the planet.

The two-seat coupe is 4,445-mm long, 1,940-mm wide and sits on a 2,590-mm wheelbase -- roughly the same size as a Lamborghini Gallardo, which is a bit shorter. The wheels are wrapped by 245/40R20 tires.


The most fascinating aspect of the Lightning is performance. The four in-wheel electric motors considerably reduce weight since they eliminate a large number of components found on traditional combustion engines. Total output reaches 740 horsepower, allowing 0-100 accelerations in 4 seconds and a reported top speed of 210 km/h.

Feeding the motors are NanoSafe batteries which contain no toxic substances and no heavy metal. According to the company, they produce several times more energy than lithium-ion batteries of similar weight. They last over 12 years and only take 10 minutes to charge. The available range offered by the Lightning is about 320 kilometers.

If you're interested, the first units will be delivered in 2009. Lightning is already taking orders and potential buyers have to hurry. You should know that a $30,000 deposit is required. The exact price has yet to be announced. Sales will begin in England and eventually in the U.S.
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