2011 TTXGP NewsMission Motors discussed their 2011 TTXGP campaign on Monday after the launch of the company’s new electric racing superbike, the Mission R.
The electric superbike, which debuted to public eyes at the Progressive Insurance International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach, features the latest powertrain technology and an entirely new race-ready design.Mission Motors says the motorcycle will lead the company’s upcoming 2011 racing program including the TTXGP.Edward West (Mission Motors Founder) says: "We are excited to announce the Mission R motorcycle, 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."Azhar Hussain (CEO of TTXGP) says: "TTXGP is very pleased to be welcoming Mission Motors back to the TTXGP world racing series." "They are a formidable competitor and the Mission R is a very exciting addition to our grid. The 2011 season promises to be an exciting one with more new teams, fast paced innovation; and the very best in electric performance."The electric racing motorcycle features the latest components from MissionEVT, the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors. MissionEVT components are powerful, intelligent, and efficient. The Mission R packs 14.4 kWh 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, propelling the Mission R to a top speed of over 160mph in a single gear. The MissionEVT 100kW motor controller, with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps, allows the rider to tune the bike to his or her preferences.The Mission R chassis, designed by James Parker, features an entirely new design for integrating and balancing the weight and volume of a large EV battery pack into a motorcycle chassis. The motorcycle chassis is wrapped in a new and aerodynamic industrial design by Tim Prentice of Motonium, with a small frontal-area and aggressive ergonomics.The Mission R will hit the track in early 2011 and will compete in the TTXGP racing series. Edward West says: "Mission Motors is proud to be a part of the TTXGP racing series. TTXGP has played a consistent and pioneering role in shaping the future of motorsports, and the future of transportation. Mission Motors looks forward to participating in the 2011 motorcycle racing season.""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 motorcycle." "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."