Lightning Hybrid 100MPG Speedster

Lightning Hybrid 

Tiny car company Lightning Hybrids showed it means business at the Denver Auto Show this week, rolling out the first prototype of the LH4, a 100MPG speedster with a hydraulic-biodiesel hybrid drivetrain that can zip the tight four-seater from 0 to 60 in 5.9 seconds. (Video and Pics after the break)

The ambitious Colorado company with a staff of 12 says the car will be ready for production in 2011, with a three-wheeled version rolling out even sooner, in 2010. The 100MPG cars are expected to sell for between $39,000 and $59,000, and are candidates for the Automotive X-Prize, with $10 million going to the winner of a stage race of 100MPG vehicles.

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This is one wild-looking ride, with its split rear window and lift-up door hatch for easy entry. Its three-cylinder turbo biodiesel is augmented by a hydraulic pump/motor, whooshing an additional 150hp into the wheels of this pocket rocket. Amazing.

Lightning Hybrid 100MPG Speedster

Lightning Hybrid 100MPG Speedster

Lightning Hybrid 100MPG Speedster

Lightning Hybrid 100MPG Speedster

Lightning Hybrid 100MPG Speedster

 

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