One of the biggest disappointments of the 2010 TTXGP North America championship might have been the non-appearance by Chip Yates and the Swigz.com Pro Racing team. Up until the first race, we had expected them to be a strong contender with an experienced rider and a well-engineered bike. Round 1 at Infineon came and ... nothing. They were a no-show on the grid.
Apparently, the blame belongs to the batteries. The Chinese cells received were heavier than their specifications said they would be, giving the bike more weight than the rules allow. Just take some out, you say? A smaller pack would have been unable to put out enough power to hit the horsepower figures the hardware is capable of. So, as well as looking for better batteries, the team has been working on their machine and, more recently, have been letting slip exactly what they expect to have on the grid next year.
In a word, it's a monster. A brute with the force of six Frankensteins and the brains of half a dozen Einsteins. A 194 hp water-cooled UQM brushless DC beast able to twist out 295 pound feet of torque while calculating exactly how much energy to expend according to a bajillion variables that include the traction available, longitudinal acceleration and the distance to the finish line.
The bike is to be officially unveiled this October 5th - 7th at The Battery Show and The Battery Technology Expo in San Jose. While the team hasn't yet said which batteries they plan on using (or even if they've decided), they do have one major secret weapon that will be revealed at the event. A kinetic energy recovery system (KERS). Applied to the front wheel, the set-up should allow them to run with a smaller battery pack which makes them lighter and, of course, quicker. Check out their website for lots more details and follow Chip on Twitter to keep up to date. Official press release awaits after the break.
[Source: Swigz.com Pro Racing via PlugBike]
Orange County Race Team to Unveil World's Most Powerful and Technically Advanced Electric Roadracing Motorcycle at The Battery Show
ORANGE COUNTY, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A. August 27, 2010 -- SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing USA announced today that after nine months of secretive R&D, fabrication and testing, their zero-emissions electric superbike will be on full display to the public at the San Jose Convention Center, CA, USA for The Battery Show and The Battery Technology Expo, booth 2600, during October 5-7, 2010.
The unveiling of this racebike is significant to the electric vehicle ("EV") industry for several reasons:
* At 194 horsepower and 295 ft/lbs of torque, it is the most powerful electric roadracing superbike in the world and represents a "maximum performance" development platform.
* With 4 high-speed, on-board networks processing more than 150 channels of data for its proprietary race finishing software, torque control, regenerative braking control, wheelie and traction control, it is the most technically advanced electric superbike in the world.
* Equipped with a patent-pending system to harvest energy lost during braking, it is the only electric superbike in the world with a real KERS* system and as such is designed to advance the state-of-the-art in EV battery technology and maximize vehicle efficiency.
The inventor and lead designer is American pro motorcycle racer Chip Yates, who will be on hand to greet the media and the public and explain the challenges and triumphs he and his small but capable team of aerospace and race engineers** have experienced in developing this electric powertrain and technology showcase vehicle from scratch.
CHIP YATES: "We are proud to have been invited by the show organizers to participate in this extremely important event and I'm looking forward to making our big unveiling in one of the high-tech capitals of the world. I'm also personally very excited to interact with key folks from the battery companies to talk about the benefits of using high performance / racing electric vehicles to quickly advance zero-emissions technology for the benefit of everyday consumers."
*KERS (Kinetic Energy Recovery System)
** Aerospace engineer Ben Ingram (MIT), Electrical engineer Robert Ussery (Georgia Tech), Race engineer Chris Norris (Swift Engineering), Race engineer James Nero (MoTeC)
The Battery Show Websites: www.thebatteryshow.com and www.batterytechexpo.com
Electric Superbike Sponsors: SWIGZ.COM Dual Hydration System (www.swigz.com), Ohlins USA (www.ohlinsusa.com), Yoyodyne (www.yoyodyneti.com), McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP (www.mckennalong.com), Swift Engineering (www.swiftengineering.com), MoTeC Systems USA – West (www.motec.com), Dainese (www.dainese.com), SolarReserve (www.solarreserve.com), Manzanita Micro (www.manzanitamicro.com), MicroStrain (www.microstrain.com), and UQM (www.uqm.com).
About SWIGZ.COM: Designed and built in Orange County, California, SWIGZ® is the world's first dual hydration sports bottle allowing athletes to carry two drinks of their choice in a single bottle during workouts. SWIGZ® sports bottles can be purchased at www.swigz.com.
About Chip Yates: Before turning pro fairly late in life, Chip Yates was a Boeing executive in charge of transitioning advanced aerospace technology and patents to other industries such as automotive for racing and OEM applications. He personally holds 7 U.S. patents on automotive drivetrain and other technologies and is an engineer with a master's degree in business from USC. Chip has raced in the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike series and the FIM World Supersport series. www.chipyates.com