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Mission Motors Mission R at Laguna Seca for ReFuel 2011 – Click above to watch video after the jump

The recent Refuel SportElectric TT at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca not only saw the best four-wheel electric lap ever, it also offered Mission Motors the opportunity to finally show off its hawt Mission R in motion and come home with some shiny trophy hardware.

Mission's 1:43.728 hot lap is notable in several respects. First, just weeks before one of this year's biggest races – a joint TTXGP/FIM ePower event – the team has shown that it is capable of going faster than last year's fastest (1:44.496) loop of Laguna Seca by Michael Czysz on his Motocysz E1pc. It also lays to rest rumors that Mission Motors has stopped its electric bike program in favor of focusing solely on its MissionEVT drivetrain components. At least for now.

Interestingly, Brammo was also on hand with their Infineon-round-winning Empulse RR. Though they suffered an untimely technical glitch that kept them from officially competing, they did get out on the track for a little head-to-head-to-head with Steve Rapp on the Mission R and Kenyon Kluge on his modified Zero. With Steve Altas gripping the bars, the Empulse RR seemed to have a considerable lead after three laps. Whether this is any indication of actual performance is anyone's guess but it certainly adds drama to the next big chapter in electric motorcycle racing.

Peruse the gallery below for pics of the Mission R, its rider and crew. Onboard footage of the awesome orbit awaits after the jump.




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      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      veyron, just maybe I wouldn't design it to hit the road in a turn.. nitwit
      veyron1001
      • 3 Years Ago
      Then he will low slide out because the eco bodywork scrapes along the track. Nice idea dumbass.
      Turbofrog
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how these guys compare to the Chip Yates Swigz Pro bike...
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Turbofrog
        I bet the Swigz Pro bike is just a bit faster. I remember a post a couple months ago that said that bike was not allowed in some electric TT race because it was too heavy which means if probably has a larger motor(kW) or extra battery(kWh & max kW).
          Richard Gozinya
          • 3 Years Ago
          @paulwesterberg
          The weight has a lot more to do with the batteries than the motor. The Swigz Pro bike is nice, but until we see these bikes go up against each other (Swigz Pro, Mission, Motocsysz) We won't know for sure.
      Chris M
      • 3 Years Ago
      Except you're trying to do your "normal shopping" on this website, which is set up for discussion, not shopping. But don't stop now, your silly rants are highly entertaining.
      Spiffster
      • 3 Years Ago
      The Mission RR is a beautiful bike, its a shame it will never hit production. I have my pre-order in on the Brammo Empulse, now that bike is a game changer!
      GoodCheer
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, these racing eBikes are really where the development is AT. (pardon the dangling preposition). If we can all encourage the sport, we will all benefit (eventually). I don't normally go to motorsport events, but I'd lay down my cash for a ticket to one of these just on principle.
      goodoldgorr
      • 3 Years Ago
      These battery only bikes are even more dangeurous then any other bev's. when struck on the highway or onto a bridge with battery depletion you cannot use your long long electrical cord to recharge because you don't have a big enouph carriage case. It take a long electrical cord because plugs are scarces and even when you find one maybe the owner don't want you to use it, also you have to carefully check both ends of the cord for several hours and kids can play with it and unplug it. these bikes are not green if you look at the cost and pollution per miles driven with a normal bike ride and are only promoted here.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't mean change the whole bike. just add some bodywork. could be transparent plastic for that matter. a cover for the front wheel and a taper behind the rider.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      they really should try aerodynamic bodywork.
        paulwesterberg
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dan Frederiksen
        Would be easy to do, just stick the rear drive-train into an E-Tracer. I am not sure that they would be able to get optimal weight distribution to keep good traction in the turns. Maximum speed and acceleration would benefit though.
      Dan Frederiksen
      • 3 Years Ago
      vaya con dios : )
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