Mission Motors sets 150mph electric motorcycle land speed record

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The Mission One electric superbike achieved a two-way, one-mile average speed of 150.059mph at the Bonneville Salt Flats on 1 September, setting a new AMA national record for electric motorcycles and delivering the clearest proof yet that the company can meet its lofty performance claims. But how close was the record bike to the one that will go on sale for $68,995 next year?

We asked Jeremy Cleland, Mission’s product manager and the man who rode the bike at Bonneville:

This bike was very close to the production version.  The production
bike will get an even better version of the powertrain used as we still
have a lot of minor tweaks to improve the bike more.  The batteries,
motor, motor controller are the exact same as the production bike.  The
gearing was a 40T rear sprocket (from 45T on the production bike) to
get a top speed in excess of 161mph.  This is a very easy sprocket
change any customer can do.  The fairings were the same fairings we
used at the TTXGP which we refer internally to as our “race fairings”
which are free from lights, etc and are a bit more streamlined than the
production fairings but only by a small drag coefficient.
As for the rider it was all me.  First time on the salt and it was
funner than I could have possibly imagine.  Who thought going in a
straight line could be so thrilling?

The Mission One’s goal is to offer a top speed of 150mph with a maximum
range of up to 150 miles. A disappointing fourth place at June’s TTXGP
left us worried that these claims were far from realistic, but this
record definitively proves that the top speed is an accurate number.

The company hopes to sell 300 Mission One’s in 2010.

“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,” continues Jeremy.  ”It pulls
hard all the way from 0 on up to 161mph, all in one gear, with
incredible torque.”

Mission Motors

  • Ceolwulf

    Very nicely done!

    The cost will come down with volume no doubt, so really the only major difficulty left is recharge time. Already for anything other than touring, even that isn’t an issue.

  • http://www.buystayfast.com Stay Fast

    What an incredible…and torque filled rush that must have been. Electric motors, well their batteries seem to be the big thing holding them back from the bike industry. Oh, and the price as well. However, having 100% of your torque pretty much at 1mph must be exhilarating. Excited to see them when the price goes down.

  • William O'Dell

    Oh, this is really cool. As with a lot of things, time will cure most ills (oh and a lot of clever engineering and hard work). I used to work on hybrid electric cars and buses once upon a time and we all thought racing would come eventually.

  • http://ridethetorquecurve.blogspot.com hoyt

    Good job MM

    It is also very good to hear the calm, matter-of-fact announcer at Bonneville. No silly drama that is all over media

  • http://twitter.com/greatistheworld will

    Wow! Congratulations. Love to see success.

  • johnny

    that’s a very nice number! great news.

  • Steve

    Amazing job, looks like you will be the first to really do it!

    Looking forward to the next steps.

  • Waldo van der Wade

    You guys pointed the right way to go. I cross all my fingers for your success!

  • http://www.eracebike.com Kent Riches

    Jeremy said…”and then come out here to Bonneville and dismantle the prior electric world speed record,”….
    What kind of punk lame statement is that?…. I have the worlds fastest electric motorcycle record at 176.434 with a 1 way pass of 179.089 and they have yet to exceed it…. actually they have yet to exceed mike Corbin’s 1974 record of 164mph….. total marketing BS…. The Mission people are very aware of my records and other records but choose to ignore our accomplishments for their marketing gains…. “Punks” total disrespectful punks…
    Kent Riches