All-electric: Lightning Motorcycles launches the Tachyon Nb

The electric land speed record is no joke.

With Max Biaggi taking his Voxan Wattman to “a new two-way average top speed record of 283.182 mph/455.737 km/h (via RRW),” new contenders are emerging from the lower echelons in an attempt to reach a new level. of speed – and up there with the rest of them is none other than Lightning Motorcycles.

Logo of Lightning Motorcycles. Media from Lightning Motorcycles

If you’re unfamiliar with the legacy of this brilliant brand, Lightning is known for setting its own record when it was archived as the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle. The official SCTA world record set a top speed of 215.960 mph and a best-timed race of 218.637 mph at Bonneville (per Flash).

Perhaps the most impressive part of it all is that Lightning Motorcycles boasts that they can perform races like this for a jaw-dropping budget of around $0.08 – and now they’re ready to reclaim their crown once again. more.

Tachyon nb from Lightning Motorycles - a new contender for the electric land speed record.  Media sourced from New Atlas.
Tachyon nb from Lightning Motorycles – a new contender for the electric land speed record. Media sourced from New Atlas.

The element partially responsible for the brand’s success is a metal called niobium. When in its purest form, noibium is “soft, ductile and highly corrosion resistant”.

A CBMM engineer named Daniel Wright (and the person in charge of developing the project), explains why the new Lightning machine – the Tachyon nb – uses the ultra-rare element niobium as a reinforcing agent in everything from chassis to niobium infused brake discs.

Tachyon nb from Lightning Motorycles - a new contender for the electric land speed record.  Media sourced from New Atlas.
Tachyon nb from Lightning Motorycles – a new contender for the electric land speed record. Media sourced from New Atlas.

“[It’s] for better high temperature performance. Multiple niobium components in the on-board charger… enable the whole system to be more reliable and efficient.

“The steel tube also contains the chemical element, [with] niobium-containing steel tubing in the swingarm and chassis [allowing] allows us to meet the strength and weight requirements of the application.

Tachyon nb from Lightning Motorycles - a new contender for the electric land speed record.  Media sourced from New Atlas.
Tachyon nb from Lightning Motorycles – a new contender for the electric land speed record. Media sourced from New Atlas.

Lightning Motorcycles current target is to exceed 250 mph, with the streamlined carbon fiber fairing and teardrop rear end helping with aerodynamics.

We’ll keep you posted with updates as Lightning Motorcycles work to bring the Tachyon nb out to the Bonneville Salt Flats; given the recent salt flats flood, we are planning a 2023 iteration for the electric land speed record if they still intend to keep Bonneville as the testing location.

Drop a comment below to let us know what you think, and as always, stay safe on the bends.

*Media from RideApart, REM and New Atlas*

Robert M. Larson