Chip Yates switches from electric motorcycle racing to electric airplanes
By: +David Herron; Date: July 20, 2018
Tags: Chip YatesIn 2009-10 Chip Yates had intended to join the 2010 TTXGP North America series but did not do so. In this video he lies - when the TTXGP said he couldn't enter, it was because the bike was too heavy, not because it was too powerful. Otherwise the point is that Chip Yates went from electric motorcycle racing into building a fast electric airplane.
On this episode of On Two Wheels, we visit Chip Yates, an engineer turned professional motorcycle racer, turned record-setting electric technology pioneer! Chip decided at the age of 36 to quit his job at Boeing and pursue a career as a professional AMA racer.
After turning pro, he had a big crash which ended his competitive career. Looking to the future, Chip was not discouraged, but rather, motivated to venture into new territory. He designed and built an all electric superbike that produced 258hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. He went on to race the bike and broke numerous World Records at Bonneville and Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
With 10 World Records under his belt, he wasn't done yet! He took the technology he developed in the electric superbike and built an electric airplane. In his second flight ever in the aircraft, he broke the world speed record for an electric aircraft and his record still stands today!