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?