Mission R Electric Superbike First Look

December 17, 2010
Bart Madson
By Bart Madson
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Mission R
Mission’s latest electric motorcycle is the Mission R racebike, slated to compete in the 2011 TTXGP series.

Mission Motors has revealed its latest electric motorcycle – the Mission R. The company is debuting its new racebike at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, with plans to campaign the 141-horsepower Mission R in the 2011 TTXGP championship and other select racing events.

“We are excited to announce the Mission R, our compact and powerful factory electric racebike,” said Mission Motors’ Founder Edward West in the company’s press statement. “This bike represents the culmination of all the company’s learning in both electric powertrains and motorcycle engineering.”

Mission announced the creation of its MissionEVT powertrain division at the 2010 SEMA show and the Mission R makes use of the latest EVT developments. Power comes from a 14.4 kWh capacity battery system, the MissionEVT battery modules encased in a carbon fiber liner. A MissionEVT 100kW controller features regenerative braking and adjustable throttle mapping. The motor itself is a three-phase liquid-cooled AC induction design. Power claims are 115 lb-ft torque from 0-6400 rpm, with peak horsepower at 141. Transmission remains a single gear, final chain drive. Top speed claims for the new bike are 160-plus mph, which tops the 150 mph claims that generated so much hype in the original Mission One superbike.

Mission R
The Mission R’s AC power unit is a stressed member of the frame.

James Parker, best known for his RADD suspension that adorned the Yamaha GTS, designed the Mission R chassis. The gold-painted trellis parts flash Ducati-like, with the frame comprised of billet aluminum and chrome-moly tubing. The frame utilizes the AC power unit as a fully stressed member and the battery pack as a semi-stressed member. The swingarm is aluminum and single-sided.

Mission didn’t skimp with the suspension components, sourcing top-line Ohlins units: the TTX25 fork up front being fully adjustable, along with a TTX36 rear shock. Brembo supplies the braking package, with dual 320mm discs up front pinched by radial-mount four-piston calipers and a single 245mm rotor/two-piston caliper rear. The Mission R rolls on 10-spoke forged magnesium wheels from Marchesini.

Motonium Design’s Tim Prentice penned the R’s aerodynamic styling. The bifurcated fairing and bodywork make ample use of carbon fiber. Built for the track, the Mission R’s styling is race-ready. Listen close and you can almost hear the math nerd’s salivate over the Texas Instruments livery.

The new Mission is slated to compete in the 2011 TTXGP championship, “along with other races, events, and demonstrations.” Mission took its original Mission One out to Bonneville for the electric land speed record, so don’t be surprised if they try and up that 150.059 mph record with another run on the salt.

Mission R
Mission R
Mission R
Mission R

“Racing is in our DNA,” continued West in the company press release. “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 Specifications
Motor: Liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction
Horsepower (claimed): 141 hp
Torque (claimed): 115 ft-lb at 0 – 6400 rpm
Top Speed: 160+ mph
Battery: MissionEVT battery modules with integrated Battery Management System, carbon fiber casing with dielectric liner, swappable architecture and 14.4 kWh total energy storage
Power Control: MissionEVT 100kW controller with integrated Vehicle Management System, featuring adjustable throttle mapping, regenerative braking and WiFi & 3G data connectivity
Transmission: Single speed, gear-driven primary reduction
Chassis: RADD-designed Quad-Element Frame, billet aluminum and chrome-moly, with power-Unit as fully-stressed member and battery box as semi-stressed member
Front Suspension: Ohlins FGR-000 TTX25 gas-charged fork, adjustable for preload, ride height, high- and low-speed compression and rebound
Rear Suspension: single-sided billet aluminum swingarm, Ohlins TTX36 shock and progressive linkage system, adjustable for preload, ride height, high- and low-speed compression and rebound
Front Wheel: 17 x 3.5 10-spoke Marchesini forged magnesium
Rear Wheel: 17 X 6 10-spoke Marchesini forged magnesium
Front Brake: Brembo 320mm rotors, Brembo 2-piece billet 4-piston 30/34mm differential bore radial-mount calipers
Rear Brake: 245mm rotor, Brembo HPK 2-piston 34mm caliper