Introducing Lightning Tools and eRally

For the past 10 years, Lightning Tools have been producing products for Microsoft SharePoint that are both fast and efficient at what they do. Our products include SharePoint Permissions Management, Data Integration, SharePoint List Aggregation, Data Visualization, and Discussion Forums. We’ve enjoyed providing our customers with tools that get their SharePoint solutions built quickly and efficiently. We therefore jumped at the chance to get involved with the UKs first zero emission competitive rally car.




This summer, Lightning Tools were given the fantastic opportunity to sponsor the UK’s first fully electric competitive rally car. The eRally Renault Zoe is designed for the Junior Rally Championship which enables 14-17 year olds to begin their motorsport career.




The Renault Zoe is owned by Ellya Gold who besides enjoying rally cars, is also a SharePoint consultant himself and will be able to answer any questions about getting involved in the sport:


“Jean Hay, eRally project co-ordinator, said the idea took shape around 10 years ago as she and Ellya Gold, former British Rally Championship driver, mentored young rally drivers at the Junior 1,000 Ecosse Challenge. Ms Hay said: “We have been watching these young drivers move into senior rallying and we started thinking about the environmental issues and sustainability of what we do. “Basically, we wanted to future proof our sport.”Ms Hay said “huge amounts of rallying fuel” were burnt during a race which “goes against everything we think is good for the environment”.She added that EVs made “perfect” rally cars with the Zoe eRally designed specifially for the junior driver. “Because of the way electric motors work, it is perfect for rallying. Power is instant and you don’t have to go through the gears.“You basically press the throttle and go. Electric cars tend to have double the amount of torque than the equivalent standard combustible engine,” she said
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Lightning Tools is delighted to be supporting Ellya in his pursuit around the UK this summer with events listed below.


Event Name Venue Dates Duration (Days)
Junior Training Day Knockhill Racing Circuit 04-Mar 1
Andy Wilson Memorial Rally Knockhill Racing Circuit 26-Mar 1
BTCC & Evolution Motorshow Brands Hatch Racing Circuit 01-Apr 2
Edinburgh International Science Festival Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation 07-Apr 1
Motor Sports Association Media Event Cadwell Park (TBC) (TBC) 1
Evolution/Greenfleet Motor Show Ingleston, Edinburgh 05-May 2
Cultra Hillclimb Cultra, Northern Ireland 03-Jun 1
Grampian Speedfest Alford National Car Museum 02-Jul 1
Scottish Car Show Ingleston, Edinburgh 15-Jul 1
Ignition Festival of Motoring Glasgow SECC 04-Aug 3
BTCC Knockhill Racing Circuit 12-Aug 2
Royal Deeside Speedfest Aberdeen 20-Aug 1



The Lightning Tools Team.