Mission Motor’s One electric sports bike captured many hearts and headlines thanks to its futuristic look, crazy quickness, and its alt-fuel, all-electric drive train. Now they have a new vehicle on the stand, the “R” superbike–a factory electric race bike that is, if anything, even more impressive.
The Mission R is powered by a liquid-cooled 3-phase AC Induction motor that delivers 141 HP and 115 lb-ft of torque. The power is delivered by a massive 14.4 kWh battery placed beneath its carbon fiber skin. This will allow the bike to hit a top speed of 160 MPH. The MissionEVT 100kW motor controller, with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps, allowing the rider to tune the bike to his or her preferences.
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 singe 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 chassis is wrapped in a new and aerodynamic industrial design by Tim Prentice of Motonium, with a small frontal-area and aggressive ergonomics.
“Racing is in our DNA,” West said. “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.”
The Mission R will hit the track in early 2011 and will compete in the TTXGP racing series along with other races, events, and demonstrations.
Meantime, we can imagine Mission’s example bringing fresh thinking to the electric car business–because a motorbike is an engine on wheels, the R’s unusual design may inspire car makers to think differently, since the EVs they’re churning out at the moment are, to some, disappointingly conventional.
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