Electric Superbike Finishes Near Top

1/10/11

Riding an all-electric superbike against conventional twin-cylinder, gasoline-powered race bikes, Aliso Viejo, CA-based rider Chip Yates placed 2nd and 3rd in two races yesterday at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. As I reported last month, it was the self-funded SWIGZ.com Pro Racing team’s first race with the electric superbike. A statement from the group says Yates posted the fastest lap of 1:39.792 in the WERA Heavyweight Twins Superstock race, in which he finished second. According to SWIGZ.com’s statement, “The all-electric machine was recorded at 158 mph on the straight and appeared visibly quicker to spectators.” A video of the race is available here.

Bruce V. Bigelow is the editor of Xconomy San Diego. You can e-mail him at bbigelow@xconomy.com or call (619) 669-8788 Follow @

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