No, Chip Yates doesn't get range anxiety. The record-setting pilot and motorcycle rider made recent news by testing out a new, EnerDel-made battery pack in the battery-electric Long-ESA airplane he set a speed record with a year ago. Yates' 20-minute flight last week got him up to 5,500 feet and he hit 175 miles per hour at "less than 50 percent throttle." Yates, whose 258-horsepower plane now has twice the battery output as last year, is shooting for 250 mph.
There's nothing like conflict to make a story more compelling, and in the man-against-nature drama that is the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb, we can add-man-against-man to the electric motorcycle portion of the event.
Because he's quick like that. And lucky.
Chip Yates retired his electric motorcycle last year after setting records at the Mohave Mile and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, and notching several (slower than Lightning) FIM World Land Speed achievements on the Bonneville Salt Flats. If you thought he was done with his pursuit of battery-powered feats, however, you have underestimated just how crazy this Californian is. Case in point? He's just announced a plan to trace the path Charles Lindbergh took during his historic flight from Ne
If you happen to be the holder of the Pikes Peak electric motorcycle hill-climbing record and wanted to successfully defend your title this year, you better start buffing up your bike now. Hell For Leather has revealed that Chip Yates is bringing his road racing monster to the mountain. But it's not the same bike you saw getting some podium action at a recent WERA event. It's now stronger, yet, more refined.
Chip Yates aboard the Swigz Pro Racing electric superbike – Click above to watch video after the jump
Swigz Pro Racing electric superbike testing at Infineon Raceway – Click above to watch video after the jump
Swigz Pro Racing superbike with team owner and rider Chip Yates – Click above for high-res image gallery
Swigz Pro Racing superbike with KERS – Click above for high-res image gallery
Swigz Pro Racing superbike with KERS – Click above to watch the video after the jump
Swigz.com Pro Racing electric superbike – Click above for high-res image gallery
The first new team to disclose that they will compete in the 2010 TTXGP electric superbike events has just thrown its hat into the ring. SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing and its AMA pro rider Chip Yates will do battle at the Isle of Man event, the 4 scheduled UK races, the American race at Infineon and any as-yet-unannounced FIM international and American events. While they could use one of the new Mavizen TTX02 mounts being created for new competitors, they plan on building a bike of their own instead and