Lightning will be offering a new version of the LS-218 with a new motor and 23kwh battery pack. The new more powerful hyper bike version of the LS-218 yet to be named until they go to Bonneville in August.

Lightning Motorcycle took the new hyper bike with their new inverter and motor to El Mirage Dry Lake for Southern California Timing Association standing mile time trails on Sunday, July 16 to do a test run before they go to Bonneville in August which they hold the electric motorcycle land speed record of 218mph.

They set a new electric motorcycle world speed record of 211.7 mph (340kph) for standing mile – 0 mph to 211 mph (340kph) in 1 mile (1.6km) – this is a stock factory bike – Lightning held the previous world record for electric motorcycle standing mile at 189 mph – but they only got 1 run today, they figure they could gone over 220 mph if the rider had a second attempt (next year) – there were over 90 land speed record car entries and in bikes there were several 500hp+ Hayabusa’s – Lightning was 2nd fastest overall in the field.

Official press release


In August 2012 Lightning brought its new electric super bike to Bonneville speed week and left with a record two-way average speed of 218 miles per hour making it the fastest production bike in the world.

In June 2013 Lightning brought its electric super bike, the LS-218 to Pikes Peak to compete in the Iconic Race to the Clouds and succeeded in beating all the other motorcycles to the top, electric and ICE, by a margin of over 20 seconds.

On Sunday, 7/16/2017 Lightning took its never before run prototype LS-2?? RR to El Mirage, for a first ever shakedown run. The 211.730 mph first run was the second fastest among 90 purpose built land speed record racing vehicles running during this event and broke Lightning’s own standing start mile record of 189 mph set in 2012 with a production LS-218.

With this first, record setting test completed, Lightning is now targeting SpeedWeek at Bonneville, August 12-18, to determine just how fast this new production RR edition of the Lightning production HyperBike will go. Lightning is targeting the replacement of the two question marks in their new bikes name, with maximum speed numbers from the official time slip. Lightning’s new design has the potential to smash their own production bike world speed record of 218 mph.

“Our rider, Jim Hoogerhyde, has an impressive resume of race wins and landspeed records himself”, said Richard Hatfield, Lightning CEO, “but Bonneville Speed Week in August is lining up to be a special event. We look forward to working with Jim to replace the ?? with an exciting number for our LS-2?? RR”.

What makes this extraordinary bike even better, even faster, is Lightning’s cutting edge, higher density battery pack developed in collaboration with Farasis. The new battery technology powering the next step in electric drive systems provides a torque “Curve” that is not a curve at all. The dyno chart shows a straight line from 100 rpms to 9,500 rpms. This new drive package along with a lighter more stable chassis design results in the most powerful and most ride-able bike Lightning has ever built.

At one time, being as good as a comparable ICE bike was considered the highest goal to be attained by any electric bike. For Lightning “As good as, is not good enough.” The Lightning LS-218 proved that they could deliver on that concept by setting the world speed record for any production bike.

In August, at Bonneville, the LS-2?? RR will be even better, even faster.

Innovation is Lightning’s DNA and drives their passion for building the best motorcycles in the world. At Lightning, that innovation, that drive for excellence, is not limited to the LS series of Super and Hyper bikes, it is in the design, the technology, reliability, ride-ability and the amazing fun factor of all their bikes.

Lightning will soon reveal its additional line of motorcycles. All of them were designed and engineered with the idea that being as good as the ICE bikes in each of their categories was not good enough for their bikes, and Lightning Motorcycle thinks you will agree.

Website Lightning Motorcycle >

More info about the Lightning LS-218 on Electric Motorcycles News >

Guy Salens

Guy Salens (motorcycle enthousiast): I want to show the world an overview of existing electric motorcycles and future projects. Because it's time.