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Chip Yates at Auto Club Speedway



·         Chip Yates grabs two podium spots on the way to making history at Auto Club Speedway in California

·         SWIGZ electric superbike matches gasoline-powered pace achieving a fastest lap of the race along with a 158mph top speed

·         Promise to match gasoline lap times delivered in thrilling fashion


Chip Yates and his SWIGZ Racing team have achieved the seemingly impossible, with two podium finishes for their electric superbike on its global racing debut, competing against a competitive field of highly-developed gasoline-powered race machines.


Despite only six laps of pre-race testing from Saturday’s practice session and a cold and overcast day, the privately owned and developed machine exceeded all expectations in its two race outings during Sunday racing action. Yates achieved an astonishing third place in the premier WERA Heavyweight Twins Superbike race having started on the third row of the grid, and unbelievably went one better in the WERA Heavyweight Twins Superstock race to finish second and post the fastest lap of the race at a 1:39.792. The all-electric machine was recorded at 158 mph on the straight and appeared visibly quicker to spectators, compared to even the 1,000cc Japanese superbikes from the other top WERA superbike classes.


Chip Yates said: “This was an absolutely epic race weekend for our team; we had to overcome some technical difficulties on Saturday but we fixed everything and came back Sunday to score two podiums, a huge top speed, and post competitive gasoline bike lap times with no further technical issues to slow us down. What a humbling experience for our small team to develop and build a superbike that can beat gasoline bikes from the top manufacturers on their own terms – I was nearly brought to tears as I crossed the finish line both times!”


Many within the sport have viewed the success of Yates and the SWIGZ team with complete astonishment. Yates continues: “We are a small and entirely self-funded team, and together with a small group of very loyal sponsors, are solely responsible for the development, patenting and building of this superbike.”


The bike has been developed with all new technology and software, in less than one year, and after extensive simulation testing, worked right out of the box from day one to beat bikes made by the world’s best known Italian and Japanese manufacturers.


Yates and his skunk works team of key engineers Ben Ingram and Robert Ussery have quickly developed an industry-leading understanding of electric powertrain technology and development, and the motorcycle is an absolute showcase of the team’s specialist capabilities in extreme electric vehicle consulting as most of it was built in-house including the advanced lithium-ion polymer battery packs. The lap times achieved on the bikes first competitive outing validate the team’s assertion that its bike is vastly superior in technology and performance to any other electric bike and can demonstrably take the fight to conventional gasoline machines.


 “We have to thank WERA Motorcycle Roadracing and Evelyne Clarke for their graciousness and vision in welcoming our electric superbike to their nationwide gasoline race series”, said Yates. “Out of courtesy to the regular WERA racers, we forfeited the championship points we accumulated today so as not to interfere with the gasoline bike season results and a lot of those racers visited our pits to voice their support of our program!”




Ride with Chip at speeds of 158 mph - Click here for the extreme on-board video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RIMQ0c7JKIU



High resolution photos are available for download on request. Please contact peter@torquepr.co.uk






About WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc:  WERA is one of the oldest (37 years old) and largest (over 3,000 licensed racers) national sanctioning bodies conducting motorcycle races at road courses across the United States.  Headlined by the WERA/Michelin National Challenge Series, WERA sanctions races at iconic U.S. venues including Barber Motorsports Park, Virginia International Raceway, Miller Motorsports Park, and Road Atlanta to name a few.  In addition to the WERA/Michelin National Challenge Series, WERA’s professionally organized roadracing championship series include the Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Series, the Bridgestone/WERA National Endurance Championship, the Grand National Finals, and seven regional championship series across the United States. (www.wera.com)


About SWIGZ.COM:  Designed and built in Orange County, California, SWIGZ® is the world’s first dual hydration sports bottle allowing athletes to carry two drinks of their choice in a single bottle during workouts.  SWIGZ® sports bottles can be purchased at www.swigz.com.


About Chip Yates:  Before turning pro fairly late in life, Chip Yates was a Boeing executive in charge of transitioning advanced aerospace technology and patents to other industries such as automotive for racing and OEM applications.  He personally holds 7 U.S. patents on automotive drivetrain and other technologies and is an engineer with a master’s degree in business from USC.  Chip has raced in the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike series and the FIM World Supersport series and owns SWIGZ.COM Pro Racing, an extreme-performance electric vehicle consultancy in Orange County, California.  www.chipyates.com


Chip’s Electric Superbike Sponsors:  SWIGZ.COM Dual Hydration System (www.swigz.com), Ohlins USA (www.ohlinsusa.com), Yoyodyne (www.yoyodyneti.com), McKenna Long & Aldridge, LLP (www.mckennalong.com), Swift Engineering (www.swiftengineering.com), MoTeC Systems USA – West (www.motec.com), Dainese (www.dainese.com), SolarReserve (www.solarreserve.com), Manzanita Micro (www.manzanitamicro.com), MicroStrain (www.microstrain.com), UQM (www.uqm.com), Performance Machine (www.performancemachine.com), and CPR Fabrication (www.teamcprfab.com)

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