Infineon Raceway Hosts First-Ever Electric Superbike Test
Infineon Raceway hosted a first-ever electric Superbike test session on Wednesday, Dec. 15. The machine, developed by SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing, has been called the world’s most powerful and technically advanced electric superbike.
The SWIGZ Racing bike, weighing more than 550 pounds, has a power-to-weight ratio comparable to a 600cc bike. The Superbike will compete head-to-head against conventional gasoline-powered motorcycles at Auto Club Speedway in January. Plans for the bike include a more than 20-percent increase to its current 194 horsepower following the January race.
Rider Chip Yates completed eight laps on the 12-turn, 2.26 mile road course aboard the all-electric Superbike capable of speeds up to 180 mph.
“I was still going very cautiously in the corners, but I steadily increased the pace and started opening the throttle on the straights - the acceleration is absolutely like nothing I have ever felt before,” said Yates. “The data showed I was only opening the throttle to 70-percent max using something like a max of 270Nm of the available 400Nm torque. We can't wait to get back to the race shop and make improvements based on the data.”
Infineon Raceway has become the venue of choice for electric racing teams. The Sonoma Valley road course hosted the first-ever zero carbon motorcycle race in the United States last May (TTXGP eGrandPrix U.S. Championships) and is dedicated to hosting the best in green performance. The TTXGP eGrand Prix will return again in 2011 as part of the West Coast Moto Jam, May 11-15. For more information, visit www.infineonraceway.com/sustainability.
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