'Solar-powered' motorcycle creates new 'land speed record'
A solar-powered electric motorcycle set a new land speed record in California, reaching 189.086 miles per hour in 1.3 miles.
The Lightening SuperBike, created by Lightning Motorcycles, tore down a short course in the Mojave Desert.
Before the bike was ready to race, a 48-kilowatt-hour battery pack was charged from a mobile solar power unit called Solar Eclipse, made by DC Solar Solutions, which in turn was used to fuel the motorcycle's onboard battery pack, which the company calls the most powerful and safest currently available, Discovery News reports.
According to the report, Racer Jim Hoogerhyde rode the motorcycle on three runs in the El Mirage Lake bed, beating the previous record of slightly over 170 mph there.
This isn't the first record Lightning Motorcycles has smashed. In 2011, it set a land speed record of 215.960 mph with a top speed of 218.637 mph on a longer course at the Bonneville Salt Flats, the report said.
Pricing for the motorcycle starts at 38,888 dollars, the report added.