Chip Yates claimed two records at the 89th running of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb: the most powerful motorcycle ever to race on the mountain, with 241hp, and the fastest electric motorcycle ever to finish the 12.42 mile climb and its 156 turns. Finishing with a time of 12:50.094, Yates not only smashed the previous electric motorcycle record by over four minutes, but also raced to the top of Pikes Peak with a very respectable time on a motorcycle, even for a rookie.

In the video you can see how much time Chip loses in the dirt section (he was officially the 97th fastest out of 112 racers in that section), though on the paved sections showed true speed (9th fastest overall on the first section of asphalt). With Pikes Peak to be completely paved for its 90th running in 2012, Yates and his crew will have a leg-up on the competition for further dropping the mountain’s fastest pace, and for showing that electrics can compete, and even best, their internal combustion engine counterparts. Click pas the jump to see Chip’s record run on the Electric Superbike.

Source: Chip Yates (YouTube); Photo: © 2011 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • andrey

    Wow! the pull out of the corners is amazing on this bike.
    Not a course for those who have trouble with target fixation is it? ;-)

  • No it’s not, and the view down some of those slopes is ass-puckering.

  • gochip

    An amazing run, the dirt section was quite tricky as the bike is clearly too heavy for dirt, and this oil slick was quite a trap. Funny how you can see chips head moving like wtf oil on the track ;)
    i noticed also the anti wheeling feature worked quite well overall, with such a low grip track you’ve got to be carefull, could not count the times chip had to pull back the throttle because the rear wheel was slipping like hell!
    overall impressive result for his first participation, can’t wait to see what it’ll do to those gas burners next year on full pavement !

    go chip !

  • john magnum

    sorry sounds gay, v4 soundtrack any day.
    theses things are just bucket loads of torque and no fuel to pay….bugga thats kinda cool…
    still sounds gay, no character.
    its a big tough arnie with a girls voice.
    i hate electric!

  • Rob L

    I miss the piston engine sound and flame out the exhaust but hey its a motorcycle and its racing. I love it!
    Congrats Chip.

  • JTH

    1) weight and polar moment (battery in the trunk?) means need for plenty of “body english”
    2) interesting experiment but

    mass will always be a problem with electrics
    more atoms = more protons, which come with neutrons = more mass

    3) indeed on low rpm torque, max is at zero RPM … less at high RPM, the delta is lower

  • Greg

    All records will be broken next year when it’s fully paved……PPIHC will just be another road race.


    Just another road race with several hundred foot drops, no guardrails on a lot of the turns, and a finish line above 14,000 ft……..yah just another road race.

  • neil’o

    Nice positioning of that port-o-loo just going into the braking zone on that 2nd dirt hairpin!

  • Frenchie

    @neil’o: true (4’00 mark)!
    If a rider misses the turn he will go head first into it, it will lessen the impact, it must have been put in place by the safety commission.
    And very convenient for the spectators who have to cross the course only twice, well done.

  • buellracerx

    pretty cool & congrats chip, but this thing seems like it handles like a pig. or chip just isn’t hanging off. package those battery packs lower, man