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Mission R Electric Superbike First Look

Friday, December 17, 2010
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

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kableguy -kzfeeler  January 11, 2011 05:03 PM
Great engineering, but you still have to produce the power to "plug'er in". And where does the power come from? clean coal, eco-oil from offshore wells? Green nuclear, these bikes have failure written into the design by the lack of infastucture,plug in where?
Roderick -Well said Mike.  December 23, 2010 07:26 AM
Any fool that has been paying attention to world events and paying for gas since the early '90's can see that your statement about, as you so tactfully put it, "the oil based aristocracy/politicians", is true. Let's just take the (some how?!) controversial global warming theory away for the moment and focus on our own wallets and I think we all can agree that this technology must continue to progress for everyone's benefit. Great job, Mission Motors! Beautiful bike and great initiative!
Mike -batteries  December 21, 2010 11:11 AM
Carbon Sponge batteries are now in production that will greatly improve the performance and lower costs. There is no question that electric motors will greatly outperform gasoline if sufficient juice is provided. This technology offers pollution free energy independence from the oil based aristocracy/politicians that have been killing our economy for decades. The Al Gore bashers do not understand this.
Mark -to Bob  December 20, 2010 02:19 PM
It's called the throttle! An electric motor can deliver power with the accuracy that gas motors engineers can only dream of. Full throttle = full power, 1/2 throttle = 1/2 power, etc.
Bob -What about the corners?  December 20, 2010 09:42 AM
The nice thing about I.C. engines and 6 speed trannys is you can select how much power you want going to the rear wheel. Leaned over dragging a knee in tight corners, I want low HP and low rpms to keep from breaking the tire loose. I can select 4th or 5th to drop the HP down to where I want if i desire. How do you control how much power is going to the back tire on an e-bike? Is it all 100% power at all speeds?

The same thing with e-dirt bikes. On nasty rooted and slick climbs, I want low power. If I spin my tire and lose traction, I've failed on the climb and could could tumble all the way down.

There are so many instances where low power is more desirable on street and dirt. Max HP has it's place, just not everywhere.
Ralph Perez -Estimator  December 20, 2010 08:38 AM
Is the swappable battery able to be charged with one of the solar canopies now being marketed? This would seem to be a powerful combination!

Carport/bikeport revolution?


Are they using solar powered robotics to manufacture the vehicle?

Using robotics to manufacture high production solar assemblies


Solar plant powers factory


This should bring down the cost significantly.

Mike -range?  December 20, 2010 07:12 AM
They forgot to mention the range, or is that not an important spec?
charlie toast -RE: Irv H  December 19, 2010 07:31 PM
of course Al Gore is a total hypocrite, and laptop performance is disappointing - but what has that to do with this bike? The chassis looks great, the motor has plenty of power - and bear in mind that electric motors have better torque characteristics, so you can do more with less most of the time - so the only thing letting it down is current battery technology. Look ahead a few years, and think of the benefits of electric power. The motors are so controllable, last for ages, the parts count is lower, things could end up costing less - if only the battery part can be sorted. It's got nothing to do with phoney Al Gore, or Global Climate change, it's just a good looking bike that may be a sign of things to come.
Irv H -sad clown  December 19, 2010 03:21 PM
The electric car is white civilization's final act of self-destruction. Laptop battery is always running down, forever tied to the charger, all at a lousy 75 watts. Campstove running on one aerosol bottle of butane goes for a week. Thanks alot al gore, enjoy your new seaside mansion. Reminds me of the Egyptians breaking their backs to build a useless pyramid.
charlie toast -battery pack weight  December 19, 2010 02:18 PM
crunching a few numbers, based on LiPoly batteries, I would estimate the weight of the pack to be in the region of 100kg, and at hobby prices, about $4k. In hobby use, you normally only use about 80% of the rated capacity of the battery pack in order to get enough cycles out of it. For the speed record, of course, no such limitation will apply. If battery technology was able to improve by a factor of four or five, I think electric bikes would be feasible for the masses.
charlie toast -not mainstream yet!  December 19, 2010 01:49 PM
It is a shame they didn't post the weight, but I imagine it's not that high with all the top dollar components and carbon fibre. It's definitely a great looking bike, and electric power is coming on in leaps and bounds. People shouldn't get too excited though - and there's no question of it being anything like a MotoGP bike. Just look at the battery capacity and the quoted power figures. The battery is just 14.4KWh. The power is shown as 141HP - though I suspect that is just a conversion of the 100KW quoted for the controller. It's common for controllers to have some headroom, so the motor power may be less than 100KW. Feed in those figures, and you could run at full power for about 8.5 minutes. Assuming that even in a race, you won't use max power all the time, it may be possible to get 17 minutes out of it. That won't be enough for 25 laps of a MotoGP race, and it also tells you that for a single 37 mile lap of the Isle of Man TT course, it will have to run a lowish throttle, or use a bigger battery pack.
Steve -Superduke  December 18, 2010 06:52 PM
This looks horny enough to seduce those of us raised on internal combustion, that electricity can cut it as the future of motorcycling. Lets face it, most of the e-bikes released so far are butt ugly.
RR -Distance  December 18, 2010 09:39 AM
How far can this machine go before it starts losing power? Will it run just as strong at the end of say, a 25 lap race as the first lap?
If they've gotten to that point that's amazing. Nice article Bart, and beautiful machine.
ROBERT -?  December 18, 2010 05:47 AM
Josh Davis -Davis  December 17, 2010 06:36 PM
What a looker. It's too bad not all of the entries look like the Motoczysz E1 or this bike. It would lend credibility to the class. I have a question though. The picture of the rear suspension shows a thin cylinder running alongside the shock. Is that a device to measure travel, or a component of the TTX36? I've not seen one of those on a rear shock before.
kpaul -Beautiful Bike  December 17, 2010 05:14 PM
Thanks Bart nice article.
R34 -Electric  December 17, 2010 03:43 PM
Damn...Alright Dorna, change the rules...I want to see one of these things in MotoGP. It would make sense, GP is everything ALL prototype. Test this monster already against next years V4's, Big Bangs and Screamers. If GP can push this thing, taming it toward production would be awesome!
Dillon -The future  December 17, 2010 02:48 PM
Maybe well all be riding high performance electric bikes like this in ten years. Ill miss the sound of an engine though...
wow -wow  December 17, 2010 02:01 PM
bike looks like it means biz
Lee -Looks Great.  December 17, 2010 01:32 PM
I think it hard to deny electric is the future, the performance numbers on the that bike are great. 115 foot pounds of torque from a dead stop is gotta be thrilling. I look foward to these bikes becoming production street bikes that are prevelant and become cheaper to own. Till then I'll engine my nice ICE engine.
Oliver -Wow!  December 17, 2010 11:38 AM
That thing is beautiful!