PHOTO CAPTION: Chip Yates leaning into turn on Swigz electric superbike.

Electric Superbike to Challenge Pikes Peak

Chip Yates to ride SWIGZ electric superbike powered by 178kW (240bhp) electric motor.

Published: 30-Mar-2011

COLORADO SPRINGS - The 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will include the most powerful motorcycle to enter the historic event in history.
Racer Chip Yates from Aliso Viejo, Calif. will be racing his 240bhp, 365lb/ft electric superbike at Pikes Peak this summer in an Exhibition PowerSport Division showing when America's second-oldest motor sport event gets underway in Colorado Springs.
Yates' bike is currently set up for paved tracks, where he made history by placing second in a race against gasoline superbikes earlier this year. His entry on Pikes Peak this summer may also pave the way for bigger things in the future.

"The SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing Team is ecstatic to have been invited by Pikes Peak International Hill Climb officials to compete in this epic event," Yates said. " The course is almost completely paved, but I will be challenged by several miles of dirt in the middle of the climb and I'll be calling on my previous SCCA Pro Rally driving experience to get safely through the lower grip sections. Our engineers are busy developing new traction control software and mapping that will automatically adapt based on my position on the mountain."

Chip and his team of engineers will participate in an official Pikes Peak International Hill Climb two-day closed test on June 4-5 in order to begin learning the complicated course and to test chassis setup, tire selection, and control software options.


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