Ride the Lightning electric supercar

As polar-bear-friendly as the G-Wiz electric car is, we're not exactly wetting ourselves in excitement every time we glimpse its bubble-esque exterior

As polar-bear-friendly as the G-Wiz electric car is, we're not exactly wetting ourselves in excitement every time we glimpse its bubble-esque exterior. Sure, dolphins might dig it, but chicks don't. So while wandering through the British International Motor Show today we spotted something that might just tempt us into switching on the leccy – the Lightning.

Arguably the world's first electric supercar, the Lightning can hit 60mph in under four seconds and rather than one electric motor under the bonnet, each of the four wheels has one of its own. In other words; it'll handle like it's on rails.

Juice comes from a state of the art NanoSafe battery that can be charged in just 10 minutes to give 300km of Tarmac-thrashing, tyre-smoking fun. And with the equivalent of 700 brake horsepower at your disposal, fun is exactly what you'll be having.

Of course being electric you'll also be exempt from road tax and London's congestion charge, plus your insurance should technically be lower. Although one look at this prowling slice of engineering beauty and we imagine every insurance company in Britain will be seeing pound signs in its eyes.

We've got an eco-friendly transport special coming up in the Stuff.tv vidcast this week, with exclusive video footage of the Lightning. Be prepared to fall in love.

Essentials

Lightning

Price: Between £120,000 and £140,000

On sale: 2010

Contact: Lightning