This page presents historical information. This product is no longer available.

THE LIGHTENING

Please note: the ’34 Lightening is no longer being produced.

34 lightening line drawing

The ‘34 Lightening Thunderod was designed by Tom McBurnie, owner of Thunder Ranch. This car uses an all composite stressed skin monocoque structure as its body and frame. Carbon fiber, Kevlar, “S” glass and Divinycell are bonded together with vinylester resin and are the components the composite utilizes to create the strength needed for the unibody roadster.

LIGHTENING SPECIFICATIONS

CHASSIS SPECIFICATIONS   
Length: 160″
Width: 69″
Wheel base: 120″
Curb Weight: (1850 lbs.)
Track width front: 55.5″
Track width rear: 66″
Ride height: 4.5″
Total height: 48″

SEAT SUGGESTIONS
Thunder Ranch fiberglass deluxe kit
Recaro Glide

 SUSPENSION
Front torsion bar by Thunder Ranch
Aldan Custom Coil Over

WHEELS
front: 16×8
rear: 15×12.5
Tire front: Michelin 225×50 ZR16
       rear: Mickey Thompson 29.5                x15LT
ENGINE SUGGESTIONS
Oldsmobile Aurora V-8
  Cadillac Northstar V-8
GM Corporate V-6
Ford 4.6 Modular V-8
PASSENGER AREA
Width : 49″
Depth: 27″
Length: 56″
STEERING
Modified Ford Escort rack & pinion
I.T.S. Column or Column of your choice

‘34 LIGHTENING INFORMATION

It isn’t all that often that something really new comes along that changes the way people have thought about a product. The 34 Lightening Thunderod is such a change! This car uses an all composite stressed skin monocoque structure as its body and frame. The carbon fiber, Kevlar, “S” glass and Divinycell bonded together with vinylester resin are the components the composite utilizes to create the strength needed for this unibody roadster. These materials together have long been used in the aircraft/aerospace industry but until the ‘34 Lightening never before in the automobile nor the Hot Rod industry.

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