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.