It made a top speed of 190.6mph in an incredible standing start, one-mile run at the ‘Mojave Mile Shootout’ event in the California desert. The speed trial competition is based on achieving the highest possible trap speed in one mile from a standing start. The previous top speeds achieved by electric motorcycles at various events are in the 170mph range.
Rider and team owner Chip Yates directed his team to have a go at determining the one-mile top speed of the 240 horsepower electric superbike.
In the two weeks leading up to the event the SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing team made a number of changes to enhance the top speed of the superbike which was designed for closed circuit road racing – not land speed style events. The changes included a supplemental booster battery pack of six lithium-ion polymer cells to ensure maximum power availability.
Despite the good news Yates was unsatisfied with the 190.6mph result and said: “Unfortunately I was unable to go full throttle for the whole one mile run due to a high speed buffeting that caused some weaving of the bike similar to what slowed us a bit at Auto Club Speedway in January and February.”
“I’m disappointed about not reaching 200 MPH but I know we can do it next time and for now I have to be happy with establishing our superbike as the fastest electric motorcycle in the world. This run should go a long way towards our goal of demonstrating that electric vehicles can lay down extreme performance and compete directly against gasoline powered vehicles if properly designed and executed,” added Yates.