Electric Motorcycle Racing
The world’s most powerful and sophisticated electric superbike will make history on Jan. 9, 2010 at the Auto Club Speedway in California, as the first electric bike to go head to head against conventional gasoline powered race bikes in a professionally organized roadrace.
The extraordinary motorcycle, developed by SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing in the USA, is the world’s most powerful and technically advanced electric superbike and which by February, 2011, will become the most powerful road racing motorcycle of any kind being actively campaigned.
Chip Yates (Owner of SWIGZ Racing & Electric Superbike Racer) says: "We have to thank WERA Motorcycle Roadracing for inviting us into their series to make history with this news. Our electric motorcycle will compete head on with real racing superbikes such as the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8 as well as other established manufacturers, and we expect to work hard to show the world that electric technology can achieve laptime parity with gasoline superbikes."
"We’re not going on track to make up the numbers; we’re going out to compete in order to raise our game and catch up to these gasoline guys."
The news comes in the light of the motorcycle’s recent exclusion from the FIM and TTXGP superbike Championships for electric motorcycles, which has imposed a significantly lower maximum weight limit of 250kgs for the 2011 season.
Chip Yates says: "Our superbike weighs in at 266kgs right now. Clearly, these championships are more concerned with promoting scooter development, and our bike is so much faster than the electric competition that we feel far more inclined to push our bike’s unique technology platform forward in the ultimate competitive environment of gasoline bike racing."
The SWIGZ Racing motorcycle has a power to weight ratio that is slightly better than 600cc gasoline bikes, and will begin the 2011 season by competing in the WERA Pirelli Sportsman Heavyweight Twins Superbike class where its power to weight ratio puts it in the middle of the field.
To be competitive against these heavyweight twin cylinder superbikes going forward, the bike will benefit from a more than 20% increase to its current 194 horsepower after this first race weekend in January.
Chip Yates says: "Our scheduled power increase will make our electric superbike more powerful than a MotoGP bike and will bring us extremely close to power to weight parity with the best 1,000cc Japanese superbikes. Those two facts are a simply outstanding reflection of the potential in electric power."
Ahead of the WERA Pirelli Sportsman Series race weekend on Jan. 9, the electric motorcycle has been invited by Infineon Raceway, a motorsports leader in green performance and sustainability, to be put through its paces at race speeds for the first time ever on Dec. 15.
SWIGZ Racing will soon announce additional race dates where the electric superbike can be seen competing directly against gasoline bikes in the WERA championship series, that will include Miller Motorsports Park, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, and other major venues across the USA.