Video: 240bhp electric superbike dyno run
31 March 2011 11:11
Chip Yates' petrol-beating electric superbike has been run through a dyno, with some impressive results.
The "world's most powerful electric motorcycle" - which achieved two podium finishes against a grid of petrol-fuelled superbikes in January - came back with a 240bhp rating and a top speed of 227mph.
Yates said: "We had two goals - to put down maximum power to the dyno to see if everything is strong enough, and secondly to put down maximum speed to see if anything breaks at such high speeds.
"We succeeded and put the full 240 horsepower down in addition to hitting a top speed of 227 MPH. This is not the top speed of the bike in real world conditions with aerodynamic drag, but we do believe the true top speed to be extremely high and that is why we are running this gearing."
Yates will be entering the bike in the 89th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado in June. The 12.42 mile course will be run by cars, trucks and motorcycles and is one of the most established races in the US, second only to the Indy 500.
Yates said: "For Pikes Peak, we will of course regear the bike for lower speeds comminsurate with the tighter course we will face."
More info at www.chipyates.com