Electric bike takes to track
ELECTRIC power will take on conventional fossil fuel-burners in a head-to-head race in California next month. It will be the first time an electric bike has taken on conventional petrol-powered race bikes in a professionally organised road race.
The bike has been developed by American Chip Yates, who claims it is the world’s most powerful electric superbike.
‘‘Our motorcycle will compete headon with the Ducati 1198 and the KTM RC8 and we expect to work hard to show the world that electric technology can achieve lap-time parity with gasoline superbikes,’’ he says.
The bike has been developed by Yates’ company, Swigz.com Pro Racing and has a power-to-weight ratio slightly better than 600cc gasoline bikes.
Yates decided to tackle traditional competition after the 146kW, 266kg bike was excluded from races for electric motorcycles because it weighs more than the 250kg limit.
The bike will compete on January 9 at Auto Club Speedway in the Sportsman Heavyweight Twins Superbike class.
Yates and his bike.