Because the torque that an electric has at 0rpm is much higher than a gas bike. Its heavy, but its also packing a LOT of HP.
If you look at just the numbers, you are right he wont have a chance of keeping up with the bigger bikes. But roadracing is a lot more than just numbers. I roadraced for over 6 years and weigh 240lbs. I was competitve(spotting most by 80lbs.) riding everything from 350cc two strokes to 1000cc superbikes. The rider makes up much more of the equation. He wont win any straight line drag races( I never did), but roadracing is much more than that.not even for a lap...no way...not now...maybe in 5years
Hey Jozzer,Certainly for a lap it's possible now, though I don't know if Chip has the experience yet (I'd not try to put KERS on a bike made for this purpose, and he certainly is overestimating the power he can expect back from it), but I reckon the lightning could take a 750cc for a couple of laps already if properly unleashed (what do you think Major?).
The big problem is doing this for a race of decent length, and the main thing needed to do this is not more powerful battery's or motors, but better energy density cells to give enough range at high power. The reason most teams didn't go for 200HP motors this year was because it's useless to carry a heavier more powerfull motor if you can't afford to use the energy and still go the distance.
Actually, it supposed to be 194 hp peak. Going by power-to-weight, he expects to be mid-pack and, hopefully work his way up from there. He says they might be able to somehow increase hp by 20% after the first race as well.SO WHAT?
1. how much power does this pike has? 100kW PEAK?
a gasoline racebike has min. 180HP CONTINUOUS...
Hey RIP,Theres no such thing as a 266kg race bike no matter what its powered by,
Lipo Gas or solid rocket fuel, that bike aint going no where.
My Lipo battery is going to weigh 45kg thats a build weight of 135kg
Thats the difference between Mechanical Design and Mechanical Engineering. 131kg
So you're askin' about lightening Lightning I think Richard will get something on the track next season. Not sure myself, so not going to speculate any further.How has the Lightening team decided to address the weight issue? It has to lose 25 kg (55.12 lbs) to race in 2011 in either series.
Ooops! Guess that turned out to be a slip of the pun.So you're askin' about lightening Lightning I think Richard will get something on the track next season. Not sure myself, so not going to speculate.