Electric Sportbike Racing is Here
World’s fastest production electric sportbike to compete at first-ever clean emission Grand Prix.
Mission Motors, builder of the world’s fastest production electric sportbike, the Mission One, today announced the debut of its Motorsports Program, with veteran motorcycle racer Tom Montano set to pilot the Mission One in the inaugural TTXGP, the world’s first carbon-free Grand Prix. The race will take place on the Isle of Man on June 12, 2009.
With 25 years of racing experience, Montano, has achieved top-level finishes at the AMA, AFM, WERA, FIM & the Isle of Man. He also holds the distinction of being one of the fastest Americans around the Isle of Man TT course. Mission Motors will enter the Mission One in the Pro A class of the inaugural TTXGP.
"We are proud to have such an accomplished rider on board for our racing debut. Tom’s racing experience and history at the TT coupled with our innovations in electric propulsion will be a winning combination for the team," said Forrest North, Mission Motors Founder and CEO. "This is a great opportunity to show the world that you can build a zero emissions sportbike without sacrificing power and top performance."
Mission Motors has targeted high performance and iconic design in the development of its first vehicle, the Mission One. With a top speed of 150 mph, a 150-mile range and unparalleled access to torque, the Mission One surpasses the performance figures of other production electric motorcycles and gives chase to gas-powered incumbents. The Mission One’s design, created by Yves Behar and fuseproject, blends traditional racing elements with a modern pioneering sensibility.
Montano’s previous Isle of Man race experience includes 10th in Supersport, 13th in the Senior TT, and numerous top 20 finishes. His AMA pedigree includes 2001 Pro Thunder Champion, 3rd in 2002 Pro Thunder championship, and numerous top ten finishes in Superbike and Supersport. These are in addition to his multiple AFM class championships of 600 Production, Open Production, and Open Twins.
"I’m thrilled to be a part of Mission Motors’ team for this history-making event," said Montano. "We’ve put the Mission One through its paces in testing and I’m confident that we’ll make history on June 12th."