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Green and Sexy: British-Made Lighting GT Gets a Little More Real

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On: Fri, Nov 5, 2010 at 4:54PM | By: Chris Weiss

Green and Sexy: British-Made Lighting GT Gets a Little More Real

The Fisker Karma and Tesla Roadster may just be getting a little competition from over the pond. Lightning, a U.K.-based auto firm, is entering a late prototype phase on its GT, an all-electric sports coupe that it originally launched at the British Motor Show in 2008. A sexy coupe about the size of an Aston DB9, the Lightning GT is the latest to deliver on the promise of sporty performance and green build.

According to Iain Sanderson, the London marketing entrepreuneur behind Lightning, the company will be able to attract the funding it needs for the next two stages of development. It hopes to launch the production version of the car in 2012 with an annual goal of 250 units.

As shown in London, the car originally made use of 700-hp worth of 120 kW electric motors, one mounted to each wheel. In its production form, the GT will eliminate the individual wheel-mounted motors, cutting it down to two rear-mounted 150 kW motors worth a combined 400-hp. Those motors will be sourced from a prominent German company to be detailed in the future.

The loss of the four in-wheel motors isn't expected to have a huge impact on performance. In its original form, the GT came with a listed 0 to 60 mph time of 4 seconds. Now, a time of under 5 seconds is being advertised, so it will likely lose a little acceleration, but will still be a high-performing electric. Range is expected to be around 150 miles.

The GT uses a new type of battery technology called lithium titanate that is supposed to be more thermally stable, more powerful, longer lasting, and quicker charging. Charging times as low as 10 minutes for a "rapid charge" with external DC source are quoted.

In addition to its performance and sporty looks, the car is supposed to get a premium level of comfort inside. Autocar compares it to a Bentley level of sophistication.

As you might imagine, a car with that type of credentials from a no-name start-up won't come cheap. It's expected to sell for £180,000 ($290K) in the U.K. market. 15 early adopters have already taken that plunge.

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RoadKill | 9:33AM (Sat, Nov 6, 2010)

I hate EV's, I think they are a waste of time and effort. Electric Vehicles will not meet our driving needs anytime soon, but when they come up with one like this, I can't help but want one. The projections on charging times and mileage are probably all bull...but the car is sweet looking and 400HP!!!

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