Chip Yates Retires After Setting Four FIM/AMA Land Speed Records at Bonneville

09/01/2011 @ 2:44 pm, by Jensen Beeler3 COMMENTS

Chip Yates Retires After Setting Four FIM/AMA Land Speed Records at Bonneville Chip Yates Bonneville SWIGZ land speed record 635x423

We got a quick message from Chip Yates this afternoon, saying that the SWIGZ Racing team just completed setting four FIM/AMA land speed records at the BUB Speed Trials currently being held at the Bonneville salt flats. Getting off to a rocky start after crashing through a mile-marker pylon, Yates went on to salvage the outing, setting his first FIM/AMA record on Tuesday with a 196.421 mph LSR in the “over 300kg class” (the team also hit a 200.7 mph speed trap velocity at BUB).

Yates followed-up that LSR over the next two days, with a second record: 181.439 mph in the “over 300kg naked” fairing-less class, a third record: 173.574 mph in the “150-300kg” class, and lastly a fourth FIM/AMA record: 187.143 mph in the “150-300kg naked” class. Rumors of a fifth record for being the certified fastest pizza delivery bike have not been confirmed, and like these other four FIM/AMA records, will have to be certified by the respective regulatory bodies before becoming truly official.

Achieving all this on his first time on the Bonneville salt flats, Yates was ecstatic about everything his team has accomplished the past few years, and gave some praise to the team’s rivals in speed: Lightning Motorcycles. “I want to acknowledge Lightning’s SCTA record. Achieving the speeds they did is incredible, and we could not top them!” wrote Yates to us via text.

Now done with Bonneville, Yates has officially announced his retirement from electric motorcycle racing. Asked what he was going to do first with his newly-found retiree status, Yates replied “I just savored a cinnamon pop tart that I couldn’t eat on my racing diet…man did that taste good!” Not quite Disneyland, but then again, Yates hasn’t been one to follow the status quo.

Photos: Chip Yates (Twitter)

Comment:

  1. elmotomadman says:

    Great attempt and all that power from the UQM motor … what happened? It is not easy to go over 200. The fastest electric motorcycle and the first to go over 200 goes to Lightning, period. And there can only be one first. All other records and spin about records are just that … not the record that counts which Lightning holds. The fastest electric motorcycle.

  2. Frenchie says:

    Lightning is the fastest electric motorcycle..in a straight line!
    Swigz is the fastest electric motocycle at Pike’s Peak, Motoczysz at the TT Isle of Man and Mission Motors on a race track!

    I can only think of 3 or 4 top teams giving a try at “straight line” speed records, then Swigz was a precursor at Pikes Peak, that’s the problem, with few competitors and rarely competing directly against each other (Swigz preventing from participating in TTXGP due to new weight rules) it’s a tough call.

    But to me the fastest electric bike at the moment has got to be Mission Motors.
    Out of 2 events involving more than 3 contenders and including the top “electric motorcycle” racing teams (TTZero and TTXGP), Motoczysz was far ahead at TTZero but then easily beaten by Mission Motors (absent from TTZero and round 1 TTXGP) at Laguna Seca TTXGP race.

    This is totally subjective but in my mind, speed on a race track is more important than speed on a straight line, so Mission Motors is the king right now. Yet they have to show they can reproduce the same kind of results on different tracks, looking forward to their participation at TTZero 2012.

    Anyway I think what Swigz and Yates achieved is truly amazing, I’m sad they chose to stop their project and wish them the best for the future, thanks for making me dream with those results and wondefrul videos, fastest pizza delivery for ever!

  3. elmotomadman says:

    Frenchie…you are correct but this was only about land speed record