Putting Chip Yates’ 190mph electric land speed record in perspective

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The impressive thing about the unofficial 190.6mph land speed record that Chip Yates set at the Mojave Mile two weeks ago wasn’t necessarily that outright speed — he was aiming for 200+, but faced charging and crosswind problems — but rather that he reached it in a one-mile drag race, not on the open expanse of a dry lake bed where courses can reach 10 miles in length. To put that speed in perspective, Chip outpaced bikes like a BMW S1000RR (173mph), 2011 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R (185mph), Kawasaki ZX-14 (172mph) and a Suzuki Hayabusa (179mph) and supercars like the Corvette ZR1 (166mph), Porsche GT2 (152mph), Ford GT (155mph) and Lamborghini Murcielago SV (179mph). Here’s the complete results.

Chip was racing in the Mojave Mile’s M1 class for stock motorcycles, where he placed 4th out of 14 competitors. But, compared to all bikes racing that day, even ones with turbochargers and nitrous oxide, he finished 8th out of 23. Including cars, 120 total vehicles participated in the event, Chip placed 20th.

“Without the wobble I would have been much faster,” Chip told us. “remember my data — throttle position was nowhere near 100 percent!” The team’s charging equipment was also sidelined at the event by unreliable rental generators, meaning they only got two runs.

Here’s the event’s complete results, it reads like a who’s who of fast cars and bikes. (bear with us for a second while we try and convince this PDF to upload properly)

So what’s the point of all this? “Once again electric does compete directly against gasoline ,” says Chip. “Even turbocharged, supercharged and nitrous boosted gasoline powered vehicles, and respectably holds its own.”

Basically, Chip’s hoping that seeing his performance next to a car or bike you might be familiar with will help you understand just how fast that tank turret motor makes his GSX-R.

These pictures come from testing the Swigz Pro Racing team has been doing in preparation for racing Pikes Peak in June. Chip tells us he’s adapting to the dirt quicker than expected, dialing in full torque by the end of the day’s test. The only major modification Chip plans to make for the 12-mile hill climb, which includes 2.6 miles of dirt, is the fitment of race wet tires. “I plan to drag my knee on the way up the hill,” Chip told us this weekend.

As you can see, Chip did have a little off during practice. He and, more importantly, the bike are fine, but he now plans to adapt a pair of motocross boots for the race to give him more ankle protection.

Chip’s electric superbike makes 240bhp and 365lb/ft of torque, he plans to continue to race it in a series of oddball events intended to showcase the advantages electric propulsion holds over ICE.

All we want to know is, when’s that freakin’ pizza getting here?

  • http://www.muthalovin.com the_doctor

    Good for him. I cannot wait to see Pikes Peak.

    Also, the ZX-10R is fast.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      I just realized our buddy Nick Brocha was riding the ZX-10R and sent him an email to make fun of him for being slower than an electric. We’ll see what he says.

  • protomech

    Impressive that a Ninja 250 did 97 mph. It looks like the M1 class isn’t necessarily stock, however:

    “M1 class is for those without power adders (blower or nitrous). M2 class allows power adders. Otherwise they are the same.”

    • noone1569

      I’m shocked the Elise went 167

      • protomech

        It could easily have been an Elise Cup 260 running twice normal turbo pressure. The primary distinction between the A1/A2/A3 is required tech and safety preparation coupled with a higher allowable speed.

  • Esteban

    I really admire this guy determination and now results.. I hope he gets to work more on the design & appearance bit..bike is a little ugly now.. and the back part seems/looks heavy..

  • tomwito

    How many Yates’ are in motorsports? There’s one in every form of motorsport.

  • T Diver

    That’s pretty fast for a delivery bike. That is a luggage box on the back correct? Chip Yates does cool things. I would have thought more GSXRs would go faster too.

  • gt1

    The bike probably doesn’t have enough juice to run 10 miles at sub 200 MPH speeds.

    • protomech

      Yates’ bike has about 12 kwh of batteries onboard. I doubt he’s concerned with commuting range, but that should be enough battery for 80+ miles at 70+ mph, and with KERS perhaps 150+ miles at 35-45 mph with stops.

      • gt1

        A 50HP car can cruise at 70MPH, but will need 500 or so HP to reach 200MPH. Bike’s aerodynamics are worse,so the power demands will rise even faster.

        • protomech

          Oh, I see what you mean.

          He probably needs 120+ kw to maintain speed at 190 mph, which the ~12 kw pack could only sustain for perhaps 3-5 minutes. 10 miles at that speed would be a good ballpark figure.

          Granted, a gas bike will be sucking down fuel at vmax as well. One of the early Hayabusas that could hit 190 mph would probably get 25-35 miles out of its 5.5 gallon (~200 kwh) tank.

  • http://www.ClevelandCycleWerks.com scottydigital

    Awesome! I can’t wait until battery technology catches up with my desire to build low cost electric motorcycles!!