Elec­tric bike takes to track

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Bikes - MARK HINCH­LIFFE

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.

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