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The Mission R cut a seductive silhouette in a teaser shot from Mission Motors that presaged its arrival. Now, with its public debut scheduled for later today at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, the lights have come up and the bike is rather awe-inspiring. As we take it in details, from its front Brembo brakes to its rear single-sided swingarm, we are indeed smitten.

Mission Motors Mission R motor closeupNewly developed MissionEVT components have been intelligently integrated into a compact James Parker-conceived chassis, then dressed in a design of grace and aggression by Tim Prentice of Motonium. The result is an electric race bike that's smaller than a typical 600cc MotoGP machine, yet it holds a massive 14.4 kWh battery beneath its carbon fiber skin. You might not guess this creature weighs a significant 545 pounds (247.2 kg), and though we've yet to see it dance through the esses, we're hoping its movements will conceal this fact as well.

To push the package along, the liquid-cooled AC motor pumps out 141 horses with 115 pound-feet of twist on tap from 0 to 6500 RPM. Top speed hasn't been determined yet (it will only visit the track sometime after the calender flips to 2011), but the company expects it will easily see 160 miles per hour.

We will have the opportunity to see how the Mission R compares with its peers later in the new year when it competes in the TTXGP North American Championship. The factory team has a lot to prove after sitting out the 2010 season, but this certainly looks promising. The official press release and complete specifications await past the break.

[Source: Mission Motors]


Mission Motors Unveils Mission R Electric Racing Superbike

New factory racer features latest MissionEVT technology, will race in TTXGP

Long Beach, California -- December 17th, 2010 -- Today at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Mission Motors unveiled the Mission R, the company's new electric racing superbike. Featuring the company's latest powertrain technology and an entirely new race-ready design, the motorcycle will lead the company's upcoming 2011 racing program.

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

The Mission R features the latest components from MissionEVT, the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors. MissionEVT components are powerful, intelligent, and efficient. The Mission R packs 14.4 kWh and 141 horsepower in a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike. 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.

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.

"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."

Learn more about Mission Motors and the Mission R at http://RideMission.com.

About Mission Motors
Mission Motors is an electric vehicle company creating the most advanced production electric motorcycle in the world while developing leading EV powertrain technology through its MissionEVT division. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company's elite team of engineers draw from expertise in the powersports, automotive, robotics, battery and software industries to develop technologies that maximize the potential of the electric drivetrain. The concept is simple: Redefine the world of electric vehicle performance.

Mission R Specifications

141 horsepower liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction

Crank: 115 ft-lb (0 – 6400RPM)

Top Speed
160+ mph

Energy Storage
• MissionEVT battery modules with integrated Battery Management System
• Carbon fiber casing with dielectric liner
• Swappable architecture
• 14.4 kWh total energy storage

Power Control:
MissionEVT 100kW controller with integrated Vehicle Management System
• Adjustable throttle mapping
• Regenerative braking
• WiFi & 3G data connectivity

Single speed, gear-driven primary reduction

RADD-designed Quad-Element Frame
• Billet aluminum and
• Chrome-moly
• Power-Unit as fully-stressed member
• Battery box as semi-stressed member

Front Suspension
• Öhlins FGR-000 TTX25 Gas Charged Fork
• Adjustment for preload, ride height, high and low speed compression and

Rear Suspension
• Single-sided billet aluminum swingarm with linear wheelbase/chain adjustment
• Öhlins TTX36 Shock and progressive linkage system
• Adjustment for preload, ride height, high and low speed compression and rebound

Marchesini forged magnesium 10-spoke.
• Front: 17" x 3.5"
• Rear: 17" X 6"

Front Brake
• 2 Brembo 320 mm narrow-band racing stainless rotors
• 2 Brembo 2-piece billet 4-piston 30/34 mm differential bore radial-mount calipers

Rear Brake
• 245 mm stainless rotor
• Brembo HPK 2-piston 34 mm caliper

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      • 4 Years Ago
      I wonder what it would take, besides lights / signals, to make this street legal? (And what it would cost, range, etc.)

      This bike looks a lot better then their street bike the Mission One PLE.
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they can make this Mission R look this good, why the hell does the Mission one look so damn quirky?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Guys remember... still sooo early in their development, give em 5 years and they will be on par with I.C.E. bikes, 10 years and they will eat em alive...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Thats a hot looking bike.. and I usually don't care about bikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great.
      • 4 Years Ago
      There's just something awesome about seeing a TI logo on a bike.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks great.

      Curious what kind of range it would have.

      I am surprised that with electric motors, it doesn't have more torque though. I mean 115 pound-feet is still good (especially on a bike), and the fact that it's available from 0 RPM is great, but usually electric motors are torque monsters.
        • 4 Years Ago

        it says clearly in the article and in the presss release "141 horsepower liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction motor"... How you arrived to the conclusion that it is DC brushless is a mystery.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Just checked back out of curiosity.

        Thanks for exposing your ignorance Val. Detect SLIP!!. HAHAHA. It's a motorcycle Val, not a bridge crane.

        A brushless DC motor is what requires rotor position feedback um since it's BRUSHLESS. An AC induction motor induces flux in the rotor winding, but detecting slip is only required in a closed loop flux vector setup for positon torque at zero speed operation-I'll wait while you look it up-and even then open loop (that means no feedback Val) vector is much more common. I wont even task your limited, feeble knowledge of how to operate a brushless servo with an AC VFD without feedback. Feedback manufacturers wish AC motors required feedback to operate (god I'm still laughing). Its the induction of the alternating field that turns the rotor in a AC motor, not the commutation required to alternate the polarity of the coils in a DC motor system. Oh and, VAL, mattering on the type of DC permanent magnet motor, magnets can be found on the rotor or stator. In this example you may have ONE thing right, the magnets are probably on the rotor. Congratulations. You see I, unlike you, know what I'm talking about. What do you do for a living Val? You want frys with that?

        I merely wanted to add to the conversation. But I'm happy to battle wits with an unarmed tool.
        • 4 Years Ago

        so now both the engineers that designed the motorcycle and said it is an AC induction motor AND me have no clue, and you are the only one that can save us from our ignorance, or what? I put NEEDS in caps just to emphasize that if the manufacturer decided that they want to use closed loop control, they need an encoder. Of course not every AC induction motor needs an encoder, it is not required for operation, but having one is not unheard of, and just by having an encoder doesn't mean it is DC brushless. I really don't care what you think is common or what everybody normally does, fact is, you can have an AC induction motor with torque control not only in a crane.

        Do yourself a favor and check the MES-DEA 200-250 AC induction motor. Find one, open it, pull the rotor out and look at the end bearing. It doesn't say with big blinking letters "SKF sensor bearing unit", but that is what it is. And then you can write an email to the manufacturer and educate them that this is actually a DC brushless servo motor, due to the fact that it has such a bearing. And this is not the only AC induction motor in the 30-50 kW range that i know has an encoder.

        Oh, and for a living, i am definitely not building DC brushless motors, and I don't really need to know how a vector VFD operates. I am also not working at a McDonalds, but just so you know, it's FRIES, not FRYS. But even if i was working at McDonalds, that would just make you look even more stupid, since i know that having an encoder doesn't automatically mean DC brushless, and you are trying to sound smart just to keep up with your first erroneous assumption.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously? 115lb-ft for a bike is just good? based on power to weight ratio, this bike can easily outrun most supercars on today market.
        • 4 Years Ago
        not to mention that the magnets are in the rotor, so a DC brushless still needs induced stator field.
        • 4 Years Ago
        This is Edward from Mission Motors-- it is in fact an AC Induction Motor. We do use closed-loop vector control on the motor. Thus the encoder. Enjoyed your discussion. :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        In electric motors of this type-looks to be 3 phase DC brushless, not AC-torque is a function of the amps available and what is refered to as the torque constant, an amps/lbft function. Amps provided is limited by the motor drive/controller programming. Volts available and motor windings dictate the speed (RPM) capacity of the system.

        I could be wrong, but I smell specsmanship on these motor ratings. Autobloggers have to start asking one question. Are these ratings continuous or peak? These type of motors have TWO speed torque curves. Mattering on the motor design and testing temperatures you can get some pretty hellacious but impratical motor ratings for the application. Being water cooled they can get a higher torque/speed rating, but realisticaly I'm betting a continuos torque rating of about 45-50 lbfts for the motor pictured.
        • 4 Years Ago

        well, maybe in another 20 years in the industry you will learn that an AC induction motor NEEDS an encoder to detect rotor position and SLIP. But you may need a lot longer to learn that it is a good idea to read an article and not comment just by looking at the photos.
      • 4 Years Ago
      the typical sportbike (600 or the new litrebikes) are about 400-460lbs. At 545, it will handle worst, and the range has got to be terrible. 60-100 miles? Not ready for prime time.

      Ok, it looks great....
      • 4 Years Ago
      A little nitpick of the article... the current MotoGP bikes are 800cc, not 600cc.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They should have called it the E-Mission Zero. Their was a great opportunity there, you might say it was a major o-mission.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The emissions are released somewhere else at the local coal, gas,nuke powerplant.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I love how motorcycles, even electric ones, still make their hardware/motor design into something beautiful...Cars now just cover most of their engines up with plastic cladding.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think it's cool that they'll actually race it. Top notch components and all, but at what price. I guess the tech will trickle down to affordable models.
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