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Mission Motors at Bonneville Salt Flats – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah is over 150 square miles of blinding white expanse that has traditionally been the place people go to back up boldly-made high speed claims. This was recently the case for Mission Motors who, at the launching of their Mission One electric motorcycle, made the assertion that their machine would not only have a 150 mile range, but be capable of topping 150 mph as well. This despite never actually reaching that mark in early testing or even during its disappointing fourth-place performance at the TTXGP earlier this summer where its highest speed on the 38-mile road course was only slightly north of 105 mph.

The San Francisco start-up attended the 2009 BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials with the sole goal of besting their boast. With product manager and experienced racer Jeremy Cleland ensconced in the saddle, they achieved just that and set a new AMA electric motorcycle land speed record in the process. Despite poor salt conditions and high cross-winds, the bike managed to achieve a 150.059 mph two-pass average run sustained for one mile in a day that saw it reach single pass speeds as high as 161 mph. With this milestone behind them, how does a certain proud product manager feel about the Mission One? Says Mr. Cleland:
This is a bike that can rip up the track at Infineon Raceway, do power wheelies at 80 mph, and then come out here to Bonneville and dismantle the prior electric world speed record. It pulls hard all the way from 0 on up to 161mph, all in one gear, with incredible torque. It's a riding experience like no other. The important thing to understand is this is not a one-off race vehicle, this is a production prototype. It is the same bike that we raced at the Isle of Man and features the same powertrain that we will be delivering to our customers in 2010.
Hit the jump for official footage of the battery-powered beast doing its high speed thing on the salty surface of Bonneville interspersed with bits from a racetrack and an undisclosed desert highway. The official press release follows the video.


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PRESS RELEASE:

Mission Motors All-Electric Motorcycle BREAKS BONNEVILLE LAND Speed Record

The Mission One all-electric superbike achieves a two-pass 150.059 mph record with individual passes at speeds of 161mph

SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2009 – Mission Motors, a San Francisco based company redefining the world of performance motorcycles, announced today that its zero-emissions Mission One electric superbike has claimed the national AMA top speed record for an electric motorcycle, achieving a record 150.059 mph two-pass average run sustained for one mile at Bonneville Speedway on September 1st, 2009. Lead up to runs for the record saw one-way speeds across the mile stretch at 161mph.

The record-breaking top speed was achieved at the annual BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials at the Bonneville Speedway, approximately 90 miles west of Salt Lake City, UT. This event offers world and national record setting opportunities to top contenders in many classes. The Mission One achieved a top speed higher than 70% of the gasoline powered entrants.

"I give the credit for this achievement to our extraordinary engineering team. We set this record on our first visit to the Bonneville Salt Flats on poor salt conditions and in high cross-winds. And to set it with our production prototype vehicle, not a custom Bonneville bike is truly amazing," said Edward West, Mission Motors Founder and President. "We've all known what was possible for the Mission One for some time, and to set this record is very gratifying. It's a watershed moment for electric vehicles and further proof that the era of the electric superbike has begun. Electric is no longer the future of high-performance motorcycling; it is the present."

Since returning from the TTXGP, Mission Motors' engineering team has been working hard to improve the Mission One, resulting in this performance milestone. Its top speed puts the Mission One into a category all alone: the world's fastest street-legal pure-electric motorcycle, and adds to the list of firsts that the young company has already achieved.

"The Mission One is just an incredible motorcycle," said Jeremy Cleland, the AMA and AFM racer who shares duties as both Product Manager and Test Rider at Mission Motors. "This is a bike that can rip up the track at Infineon Raceway, do power wheelies at 80 mph, and then come out here to Bonneville and dismantle the prior electric world speed record. It pulls hard all the way from 0 on up to 161mph, all in one gear, with incredible torque. It's a riding experience like no other. The important thing to understand is this is not a one-off race vehicle, this is a production prototype. It is the same bike that we raced at the Isle of Man and features the same powertrain that we will be delivering to our customers in 2010."

Mission Motors has targeted high performance and iconic design in the development of its first vehicle, the Mission One. With a top speed of over 150 mph, a 150-mile range and unparalleled access to torque, the Mission One surpasses the performance of other production electric motorcycles and rivals gas-powered incumbents. The Mission One's design, created by Yves Behar and fuseproject, blends traditional racing elements with a modern pioneering sensibility. The motorcycles are produced in San Francisco, CA with a radical commitment to environmental sustainability.

The company is selling 300 Mission One electric motorcycles in the 2010 model year, with the first 50 Premier Limited Edition models available for reservation now.

About Mission Motors:
Mission Motors is building the fastest production electric motorcycle in the world. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company combines innovative technology, iconic design, and superb performance with the freedom of a zero emissions riding experience. Mission's elite team of engineers is creating the first motorcycle company built on the innovative spirit of the Silicon Valley. The concept is simple: Redefine the world of performance motorcycles. For more information on Mission Motors, visit www.ridemission.com http://www.ridemission.com



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      • 5 Years Ago
      More proof Mission Motors knows what it's doing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Mission placed 4th at the Isle of Man behind Brammo.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thanks Brian. Fixed.
        I guess I shouldn't have relied on memory for that.
      • 5 Years Ago
      COOL!
        • 5 Years Ago
        For a given cruising speed, electric vehicles actually get slightly more efficient the more powerful you make them, not less (like with ICEs). Of course, if you actually *use* that extra capability, instead of driving both vehicles the same way, sure, you waste more energy. But when cruising, the lower resistance conductors of higher power EVs means less wasted energy.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was trying to figure out why I approve of this bike being on AB Green and not the Bugatti we saw yesterday. I think it's because of the significant effort that was spent making an electric motorcycle, while yesterday we saw a decidedly non-green Bugatti with some cheap changes to make it "green". I.e. lipstick on a pig. I like the Bugatti, and it's fun to read about, but just not on AB Green.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Both Electric and Firebreathers have their advantages;
      For engineering prowess, electric reigns supreme with its torque
      For sheer fun, have you ever tried rev matching with a 6 speed transmission, at over 9000RPM with the engine roaring in your ears?

      Can you imagine what Formula 1 would be like silent?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Awesome!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I am tired of these short, overly polished videos from mission motors and brammo. Could you at least show the front wheel off the ground for more than 1/10 of a second? I'm not impressed. And I'm certainly not motivated to buy their bike. I'll take the team-Agni bike over these any day.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Brammo & Mission are trying to sell bikes. Team Agni isn't (at least until their builder partner gets ready next year).

      As we've seen with Tesla, Fisker, Coda & Aptera, producing short videos illustrating milestones is important to keep investors & future clients happy and secure new ones. This video may not have been targeted to you.

      I just hope they end up producing the smooth TTXGP design instead of this horror they have on their site. Plus, they *must* loose brown as their official color.