Mission R Electric Superbike IMS Debut

International Motorcycle Show

At the International Motorcycle Show at Long Beach, California Friday, Mission Motors publicly displayed the Mission R for the first time.

Edward West (Mission Motors Founder) says: "We are excited to announce the Mission R, our compact and powerful factory electric racebike."

"This bike represents the culmination of all the company’s learning in both electric powertrains and motorcycle engineering, and is the purest expression of electric performance."

According to Mission Motors, the Mission R produces 14.4 kilowatt/hours and 141 horsepower in a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike. The liquid-cooled 3-phase AC Induction motor creates 115 ft/lbs of torque at the crank from 0 to 6400 rpm, resulting in a claimed top speed of 160 mph from the single-speed machine.

The Mission R features the latest components from MissionEVT–the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors. "MissionEVT components are powerful, intelligent, and efficient," according to a Mission Motors spokesman.

The Mission R utilizes a MissionEVT 100-kilowatt motor controller, with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps. The Mission R chassis was designed by James Parker, and features an entirely new design for integrating and balancing the weight and volume of a large EV battery pack into a motorcycle chassis.

The volume of the batteries exceeds the volume of a fuel tank, which provided a challenge. The fairing is a new and aerodynamic industrial design by Tim Prentice of Motonium, with a small frontal-area.

The Mission R will start racing in early 2011 and will compete in the TTXGP racing series along with other races, events, and demonstrations.

Edward West says: "Racing is in our DNA. Mission Motors participated in the historic first Isle of Man TTXGP in 2009. Later that year, we went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set an AMA Speed Record for electric motorcycles in 2009. With the help of our sponsors, including Texas Instruments and Pectel/Cosworth, we are excited to be returning to the track in 2011 with the phenomenal Mission R."

"The crucible of the racing circuit is one of the key ways we advance our technology. Pushing the envelope for what is possible with electric drive shapes not only the future of motorsports, but the future of transportation."

Mission R Electric Superbike Specifications:

141 horsepower liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction

Crank: 115 ft-lb (0 – 6400RPM)

Top Speed
160+ mph

Energy Storage

  • MissionEVT battery modules with integrated Battery Management System
  • Carbon fiber casing with dielectric liner
  • Swappable architecture
  • 14.4 kWh total energy storage

Power Control:
MissionEVT 100kW controller with integrated Vehicle Management System

  • Adjustable throttle mapping
  • Regenerative braking
  • WiFi & 3G data connectivity

Single speed, gear-driven primary reduction

RADD-designed Quad-Element Frame

  • Billet aluminum and
  • Chrome-moly
  • Power-Unit as fully-stressed member
  • Battery box as semi-stressed member

Front Suspension

  • Öhlins FGR-000 TTX25 Gas Charged Fork
  • Adjustment for preload, ride height, high and low speed compression and rebound

Rear Suspension

  • Single-sided billet aluminum swingarm with linear wheelbase/chain adjustment
  • Öhlins TTX36 Shock and progressive linkage system

Adjustment for preload, ride height, high and low speed compression and rebound

Wheels Marchesini forged magnesium 10-spoke.

  • Front: 17" x 3.5"
  • Rear: 17" X 6"

Front Brake

  • 2 Brembo 320 mm narrow-band racing stainless rotors
  • 2 Brembo 2-piece billet 4-piston 30/34 mm differential bore radial-mount calipers

Rear Brake

  • 245 mm stainless rotor
  • Brembo HPK 2-piston 34 mm caliper


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