Lightning strikes at motor festival

Lightining supercar
Lightining supercar
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A 175mph electric supercar powered with a drive system developed by Sheffield firm Magtec has been wowing the crowds at a motoring festival.

The Lightning GT supercar was on display at Coventry’s Motofest 2014 event and soon became the star attraction, with organisers reporting the car as the most photographed vehicle on the day.

Visitors were able to see at first hand the engineering expertise that has gone into it.

Running on lithium titanate batteries, the Lightning boasts a range of more than 150 miles and can charge in as little as 10 minutes with a high power off-board charger. It can also hit 60 mph in less than five seconds and has a top speed in excess of 175mph.

Marcus Jenkins, managing director of Magtec, said: “We have been working on the Lightning GT supercar for some time now and it’s great to hear it to make such an impact with visitors at the Motofest event.

“It’s a car with a real wow factor and it certainly wowed those who got to see it close up at the weekend.

“We have some significant developments to announce about the car in the coming months and look forward to creating some more breathtaking moments in the future.”

Next up for Lightning GT supercar is a continuation of the track test trials it has been undergoing at an undisclosed location in South Yorkshire.

Marcus adds: “It is being upgraded to the full specification drive-train. This will enable advance testing of the GT’s stated performance intent of 0-60mph in under 4.5 seconds and an unrestricted top speed in excess of 175mph.”

Magtec is based on Newhall Road, Attercliffe.