Mission R: the 160mph Electric Superbike

Mission Motors of San Francisco has unveiled an electric racing superbike, which will compete in the 2011 TTXGP racing series, as well as other races, events, and demonstrations.

The new ‘Mission R’ packs 14.4kWh and 141HP into a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike, according to the manufacturer. The liquid-cooled 3-phase AC Induction motor gives 115lb ft of torque at the crank from 0 right through to 6400rpm, enough to propel the Mission R to a top speed of over 160mph in a single gear. Meanwhile, the braking maps and throttle maps can be tuned by the rider to his or her own preferences.

Mission R: the 160mph Electric Superbike Mission R: the 160mph Electric Superbike
Mission R: the 160mph Electric Superbike Mission R: the 160mph Electric Superbike

The chassis, developed by James Parker, is wrapped in a new and aerodynamic design by Tim Prentice of Motonium. The fairing has a small frontal area, while the bike is characterised by what Mission Motors calls “aggressive” ergonomics. Says Edward West, founder of Mission Motors, “Racing is in our DNA. We participated in the first Isle of Man TTXGP in 2009 and, later that year, went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set an AMA Speed Record for electric motorcycles. Pushing the envelope for what is possible with electric drive shapes not only the future of motorsports, but the future of transportation.”

Learn more at www.ridemission.com.

Text: Charis Whitcombe
Photos: Mission Motors


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