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  • Yate's press release from this weekends testing, and some pics he sent with it

    "Sponsors and media friends,

    Today we wrapped up a fun and productive 2-day test at Auto Club Speedway.

    We overcame some technical and handling challenges to end the weekend on a very high note by improving our laptime by 2-1/2 seconds from the WERA race weekend and raised our top speed at the end of the front straight!

    - This was our first test of the new 240 horsepower UQM Motor!
    - Our best laptime today was 1:37.308!
    - Our top speed today was 163.7 mph!

    Notes:
    - We were primarily working to get more experience and laps and to try our new wheelie control software as well as our new UQM Technologies motor and controller
    - As a fun challenge, I was also attempting to set a laptime of 1:35.88 to prove that our bike could qualify for the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Race that was held at Auto Club Speedway in 2010
    - I came up 1.428 seconds shy of my AMA goal due to some high speed instability we were intermittantly experiencing on the front and back straights. We focused on the suspension settings and ride height as well as tire pressures, and the bike handled well in the 1:00pm session, when I set my fastest lap of 1:37.308, but later in the 4:00pm session the wind had picked up and the instability at high speeds got worse and after the first lap of that session, I abandoned the AMA laptime goal and focused on trying to understand the vehicle dynamics issue / buffeting. We are heading to the wind tunnel to isolate the issue!
    - Despite this aerodynamic buffeting stopping me from opening the throttle very far, it was an incredible weekend - we got lots of data and info from being on track with 1,000cc superbikes and were able to easily pass most of them on the track at will.
    - I started carrying much more lean angle and was amazed by how well the bike is handling through the slower corners - in fact, it's doing great in the tight sections, with my laptimes being hampered by the wheeling and high speed buffeting on the straightaways, which is the opposite you would expect from a 585lb bike.
    - I'm confident that after we complete our wheelie software and solve the buffeting, there is a TON more laptime improvement to be had and this has me VERY excited by the path we are on.
    - We made alot of friends in folks who couldn't believe we were out there running such quick laptimes in the fastest group on an all-electric bike
    - We were joined at the track by The Orange County Register newspaper, and Hell for Leather Magazine, in addition to a large group of fans who just came to see one of the very few times this bike will appear on track in public!

    Attached are a few photos and a screenshot of my 1:00pm session laptimes.

    In summary, we are 1.4 seconds away from qualifying this electric bike for an AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race...can anyone believe that??!!

    See you out there!

    Chip

    Chip Yates
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    Twitter: chipyates89

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    The MotoPodcast guys are wondering if the pizza box got any bigger. I'm not sure it did.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Yate's press release from this weekends testing, and some pics he sent with it started by jazclrint View original post
    Comments 1 Comment
    1. KawaSpark's Avatar
      KawaSpark -
      Good work, like the battery pack on the back. Blends in. Soon ICE bikes will be a thing of the past.
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