Mission One TTXGP racer breaks cover

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Mission_One_TTXGP.jpegThis is the Mission One TTXGP entry, a modified version of the 150mph Mission One electric superbike that goes on sale next year. Equipped with a far less designy and far more aerodynamic fairing, this bike should be capable of exceeding its road-going sibling’s top speed. That oversized fairing should also be just the thing for the race, enabling the Mission One to make the most not only of its 100lb/ft of torque, but also the limited range of its batteries.
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We know that this is a rough-and-ready race bike, but compared to the
completed MotoCzysz E1pc, this thing looks thrown together. Note how
unfinished and haphazardly placed the tubes of the steel trellis are
compared to that MotoCzysz frame, here they make us think that there
were significant last-minute modifications made either because this was
indeed a last-minute project or because something went very wrong in
the development process.

Note the complete lack of sponsorship. With Brammo bringing in Best Buy
money for the Brammo Enertia TTR, this also indicates a rushed
development process.

For an indication of how big this bike is, check out its scale in
relation to the Öhlins forks, this thing is big. We’d hazard a guess at
something near the size of the megalithic Kawasaki ZX-12R. Like that
bike, the Mission One has a radically aerodynamic front fairing, with
fairing extending downwards to be as close to the front wheel as
possible.

Hopefully we’ll see the Mission One in action during the TTXGP’s first Mountain Course practice tomorrow.

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  • cat

    Huh? “rushed development process”? are you talking about the fairing or the entire bike? Mission One has been designing their electric bike for far longer than Motoczysz – who essentially took 5 months to make their C1 into an electric bike.
    The fairing for the Mission One was designed sort of last minute, or at least that’s what they seem to be insinuating, but the frame has been developed and tested for quite a while.
    The only reason the Motoczysz bike looks less “thrown together” is because they literally transplanted the frame and body from their C1. A big benefit for looks, maybe, but the only thing that matters is the race.
    I personally think the mission one bikes looks the absolute business. And the only thing they really changed from their “production” version of the bike is the body. So, it’s really no big deal, as the Mission One’s frame looks like that of an actual motorcycle and the Motoczysz’s looks like that of an over-designed motogp contender. Just different really.
    Also, so far, the brammo bike and the kingston college team are looking to be the only teams with actual “corporate” sponsors. I don’t see what that has to do with being “thrown together” though. All of these teams had extremely shortened design cycles.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      Cat: Take a closer look at the MotoCzysz and you’ll see a frame that’s a total departure from the MotoGP bike and that is fabricated to an incredibly high level.

      We’re talking here about the race bike, shown above, and not the Mission One street bike. The frame, wiring, fairing and overall setup of the race bike appears haphazard in comparison to its competitors.

      Pedro: Correct me if I’m wrong, but the original Mission One prototype, the development bike, used a hacked up Ducati frame. This doesnt’ appear to share anything with a Ducati except the use of a steel trellis.

      Aoelus: It’s an interesting comment on the function of the production bike if the racer has to depart so drastically to be competitive.

      • aoelus

        Checking their web site, their rider has had TT experience, so that’s a big plus. The original prototype was more of a styling exercise to attract attention, it seems to me. From the the video, the frame does look strange but it has to house a much different power plant than an ICE so that might account for it, but I don’t get the impression that a lot of testing has been done.

      • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

        hey Wes, I wouldn’t call the Czysz electric a “total departure” from their MotoGP bike since it uses the same headstock, similar rear suspension, and similar construction. Nonetheless, it still needed re-designed and built in 5 months.

        thanks for the coverage

  • Pedro

    I believe the reason the frame looks wonky is the fact that Mission used a hacked up Ducati frame as a foundation.

    And yeah, she looks really big in comparison to some of the other entries.

  • aoelus

    designy? Unless one has seen the bike in person, and has engineering street cred, such a damming appraisal seems uncalled for. I wonder given what seems to be the lack of testing if the event will indeed be a race or a demo run. If none of the riders has raced in the island before can’t imagine if could be otherwise. Wouldn’t want to hurl the thing down Bray at full chat for the first time with what might be a dodgy contraption.

  • http://www.evfr.net travis

    I’ve personally seen the MC bike and know the entire team and can tell you… compared to the C1, there is very little that is the same except for wheels, front suspension. The upper Carbon frame was redone to accept the main frame and suspension and controllers. Its got a single rear shock, not a dual spring/single shock setup like their C1. The motor transmission and their main frame was designed from the ground up. The “gas tank”, rear swingarm, tail section, fairings, modular batteries, transmission…. were all done from the ground up. I’ve seen both the C1 chassis and the E1 chassis, and they’re night and day difference.

    As for similarities….MC designed the front suspension to flex in a turn. The “similarities” are because they’ve been designing bikes for quite a few years and there are going to be some commonalities between bikes… just like there are with other manufacturers.

    • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

      We’re talking about the frame in regards to “total departure”…not the entire bike as you pointed out

  • meatspin

    i dont think its going to be that big in person.

    as for being rushed, i’m pretty sure all the teams are. The form on the mission bike has definitely suffered. Its what an engineer would come up with.

  • chili sv

    To field a bike that looks like that makes it imperative they win this race. This is all a marketing opportunity (a fascinating one at that) for all these teams. If I’m a venture capitalist (and I’m so not) I gotta be looking at funding the MC team right now. It’s like comparing Tesla to Zapcar. Well, maybe not that extreme, but you get the point.

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com will

    The body fit is sort of shabby for the kind of resumes the people working on it have, but you never know. The whole TTXGP is kind of a garagista movement.

    I for one will praise the color scheme. Looks classy, reserved and evocative even if a bit Duracell.

  • Harry

    According to a twitpic posted this morning by @missionmotors, there is not a “complete lack of sponsorship.” I count at least three sponsor decals now on the fairing. http://twitpic.com/6yoxd