Video: electric v gas, the complete race

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On Sunday, Chip Yates made history by placing his electric superbike 2nd and 3rd in races against gasoline-powered competitors. Now, here’s video of the complete WERA Heavyweight Twins Superbike race, complete with commentary from both Chip and his electrical engineer, Robert Ussery.

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Make sure you check out our Chip Yates tag page for what Wired describes as “wall-to-wall” coverage.

  • James Dean Meyer

    @ 2:20 “I have a switch on my left handlebar that reduces the torque.” Incredible!

  • seanslides

    Looks like what Chip needs is a custom frame with room for 180 lbs of batteries. Without that ballast hanging over the rear wheel, I’m sure he’d be able to whack it wide open.

  • Mattro

    very cool stuff.

    anyone else catch themselves unconsciously leaning with the camera..?

    • Noah

      Yep…

  • dan

    me too

  • http://www.damiengaudet.blogspot.com damien

    Great to see history being made! That was awesome, and great commentary too.

  • Andy Keech

    fanstastic, too much power to even put it down. i wonder why the KERS lever wasn’t on a foot pedal?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      No need for a clutch, but a need for finer control I suspect. I’m interviewing Chip again tomorrow (for a mainstream publication this time), I’ll ask.

      • Andy Keech

        mainstream? you sell out.

        • http://www.thisblueheaven.com Mark D

          You’ve changed man; you used to be about the music.

    • seanslides

      Judging by the photos, the KERS wasn’t hooked up at all. Take a look at those factory fork bottoms.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The two throttle mechanisms are inside the nose fairing, so it’s close to them so it can shut them off and actuate the KERs.