Tachyon Nb by Lighting Aims to Break the Electric Land Speed Record

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Lightning Motorcycles has introduced the Tachyon Nb, a modified, streamlined version of the Strike electric sportbike that seeks to reach speeds of over 250 miles per hour in a bid to break the electric motorcycle land speed record. The Tachyon Nb could very well demonstrate with this project that the future of electric transportation should not be limited to commuter scooters that resemble appliances.

A hypothetical particle that travels faster than the speed of light is referred to as a "tachyon." The letter Nb, which stands for the rare metal niobium, is also frequently used on the bike. It's noteworthy that Lightning and CBMM, the world's biggest producer of niobium, worked together on the Tachyon Nb project.

According to Daniel Wright, a CBMM engineer in charge of the project's development, "for improved high temperature performance, several niobium components in the on-board charger that allow the entire system to be more reliable and efficient, and finally niobium-containing steel tubing in the swing arm and chassis that allows us to meet the demanding strength and weight requirements," niobium is used extensively in the project. Niobium-infused brake rotors are another addition to the Tachyon Nb, in addition to the frame and foundation.

One could argue that a land speed racer's aerodynamics are more important than its lightweight construction and state-of-the-art technological features. Together with renowned aftermarket saddle manufacturer Corbin, Lightning has been creating a new aerodynamic fairing for the project. A pioneer in the field of electric land speed, Mike Corbin established the record in 1974 and kept it for an incredible 38 years.

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Corbin and Hatfield designed a carbon-fiber streamlined fairing for the Tachyon Nb with a teardrop-shaped back end, a roomy screen for the rider to tuck behind, and a novel front fender design that seamlessly integrates into the main front fairing with only a small gap (about an inch wide) to maintain the overall shape and only allow a small portion of the wheel to protrude into the airstream. Although the precise date has not yet been determined, the Tachyon Nb will be transported to Bonneville where it will attempt to break a record on the salt flats.

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