The world's most sophisticated electric superbike will make history on January 9, 2010 at the Auto Club Speedway in California, where it will be the first electric motorbike to go head-to-head against conventional gasoline-powered race bikes in a professionally organized road-race.
Chip Yates, the bike's rider and owner of Swigz Racing said: "We have to thank WERA Motorcycle Roadracing for inviting us into their series to make history with this news. Our electric motorcycle will compete head-on with real racing superbikes such as the Ducati 1198 and KTM RC8, as well as other established manufacturers, and we expect to work hard to show that electric technology can achieve parity with gasoline superbikes. We're not going on-track to make up the numbers; we're going out to compete in order to raise our game and catch up to the gasoline guys."
The news comes in the light of the bike's recent exclusion from the FIM and TTXGP Championships for electric motorcycles, which has a significantly lower maximum weight limit of 250kg for the 2011 season. "Our bike weighs 266kg right now", said Yates. "We feel more inclined to push our bike's unique technology platform forward in the ultimate competitive environment of gasoline bike racing."
The Swigz Racing machine has a power-to-weight ratio slightly better than 600cc gasoline bikes, and will begin the 2011 season by competing in the WERA Pirelli Sportsman Heavyweight Twins Superbike class, where its power-to-weight ratio puts it in the middle of the field. To be competitive against these heavyweight twin-cylinder superbikes, the bike will benefit from a 20% increase to its current 194hp after this first race weekend in January.
Yates continued: "Our scheduled power increase will make our electric superbike more powerful than a MotoGP bike, and will bring us extremely close to power-to-weight parity with the best 1000cc Japanese superbikes."
Ahead of the WERA Pirelli Sportsman Series race weekend on January 9th, the bike has been invited by Infineon Raceway to be put through its paces at racing speed for the first time on December 15th. The team will enjoy private use of the world-class road course, where the public are welcome to attend.