In February, the Brazilian company CBMM announced its partnership with Lightning Motorcycles to create the fastest production motorcycle in the world. The targeted speed is 250 mph (402.2 kph). In addition, thanks to the various components of the motorcycle made with niobium alloys, the two-wheeler will be lighter and, thus, faster.
The same metal is responsible for important improvements in automotive safety, as niobium alloys are integrated in bodyworks and safety systems. It is also ten times more expensive than titanium, which doesn't possess the same qualities. Creating an alloy with these two vastly improved technological achievements in all areas, from pipes to spacecraft.
Lightning Motorcycles already offers the LS-218 electric superbike with a starting price of $38,888 for the base version, fitted with a 12 kWh battery pack. The top of the range version has a 20 kWh battery and a price of $46,888. It is powered by a 200 hp motor, which allowed it to establish a 215.96 mph (347.55 kph) world speed record in August 2021 at Bonneville. But all records are meant to be broken, aren't they?
Richard Hatfield, CEO and Founder of the Lightning Motorcycle, says, "Light weight and high efficiency are essential for high-performance motorcycles, we have used some applications of niobium to achieve these goals." In addition, the usage of this metal in various alloys in cathodes and anodes of batteries allows faster charging and greater energy density than the traditional lithium-ion batteries.