They come out in the summertime and you see them everywhere — car shows, cruiser rallies, club tours, hamburger stands, even idling at stop signals in a town’s unofficial “cruise’ street. They are American hot rods, early model cars modified for both speed and retro good looks. These iconic “T-buckets” (modified Ford Model Ts), Deuces (1932 Ford Model B) and rat rods are an indelible part of automotive history. And they’ve just gotten a 21st century update.
Envirotech says the Lightning’s styling is based on the classic sprint and indy hot rods of the 30s and 40s, with its two-seat, open cockpit, gleaming chrome highlights, retro lighting and open wheels.
The Lightenings are crafted to buyers’ specifications and can be purchased not only as a complete electric car (just over $28,000) but also as a rolling chassis complete with independent rear axle starting at $3,995 or just as the fiberglass body starting at $4,200.
The Lightening is powered by a 156 volt Net Gain DC racing motor and 13 – 12 volt AC Delco deep cycle batteries. Envirotech says the Lightening has a top speed of more than 100 MPH and can go from zero to 60 MPH in a zippy five seconds. The car’s range is 40 miles and a full charge takes up to four hours.