Mission R Electric Superbike: much smaller, much more capacity

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Despite featuring more battery capacity — 14.4kWh — than the 2010 MotoCzysz E1pc or the Chip Yates electric superbike, this Mission R is relatively tiny, with similar overall dimensions to an R6 and lightweight— just 545lbs. Of course, it won’t be racing either of those electric bikes, it’ll be racing in the TTXGP, where specs like this should dominate. What of the much-promised Mission One production bike? That battery pack plus the Mission R’s 141bhp, 115lb/ft motor and steel strellis frame will be forming the basis of an all-new design that will be shown some time next year.

The Mission R is a triumph of packaging , allowing its engineers to squeeze that huge battery pack and the electric motor inside the trellis frame with a wheelbase just longer than that of a Ducati 1198. This also allowed them to act like ICE bike designers and pursue mass centralization. The Mission R’s center of gravity is located pretty much where you see the motor is and all heavy components are contained in one central package instead of spread out over the bike.

Where Chip Yates’ huge motor forces him to house his 180lbs battery pack in the tail of his GSX-R750-based superbike and MotoCzysz locates its motor under the swingarm, Mission is able to deliver a shockingly conventional package with the only oddity being the angle of the rear shock. Mission tells us this arrangement was chosen to keep the wheelbase short and the shock runs from a linkage under the swingarm to a top brace connected to the motor, which is a stressed member of the chassis.

We asked Mission to describe the shock arrangement: “The rear shock is actually pretty straightforward, it’s just at a unique angle. Above the shock is an upside-down v-shaped brace, the lower two points of which are bolted to the motor. The top part is stabilized by the carbon fiber seat subframe. The reason for this arrangement is to keep the wheelbase short while allowing for the motor and batteries to be placed near the center of gravity.”

Power comes from a liquid-cooled three-phase induction motor that boasts a completely flat torque curve delivering that 115lb/ft max all the way from 0 to 6,400rpm. Top speed is said to be 160mph. The 100kw motor controller is equipped with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps, allowing the rider to set the bike up for maximum performance or maximum range (or anything in between) and tune throttle response to suit the requirements of individual tracks.

The motor and controller were developed by MissionEVT, the company’s new powertrain division, which now develops electric drive solutions for outside companies.

The Mission R is being unveiled today at the Long Beach Motorcycle Show and will get it’s race debut in the TTXGP next season.

Mission R Specifications

Motor
141 horsepower liquid-cooled 3-phase AC induction

Torque
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

Transmission
Single speed, gear-driven primary reduction

Chassis
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
rebound

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

Wheels
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

Mission Motors

  • Myles

    pshhhhh, only has 3g. LTE is out, and wimax has been out for like a year. outdated garbage, I expect much more. do they even care about the future?

    • Dave H

      Don’t worry, the radio probably supports 4g, it’s just firmware locked. I’m sure they’ll roll out a patch this coming summer.

  • http://www.brammofan.com Brammofan

    I guess Skadamo and I will have to drop by for a two-up ride again.

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      But where will you sit? Maybe straddling the tank?

  • BrammoBrian

    Well done, Mission! Not messin’ around are you? 2011 is shaping up to be something special for the EV motorcycle scene. See you on the track! ;)

  • seanslides

    Nice! This looks to be the most well thought out and serious electric built to date.

  • miles_prower

    In terms of sheer looks, makes me think an RC8 spent the night with an R1 and talked her into doing it without protection, Julian Assange style. 9 months later, here we are.

  • slowestGSXRever

    This has also gotta be the most bad ass looking EV bike yet. The slight stretch in wheelbase is friggin hot.

  • Devin

    Once they gelt ass this EV stuff properly sorted out, is anyone else excited for a bike with all the torque available all the time.

    I mean this bike has a setting to make the throttle less sensitive for each track because there is too much torque. That sounds awesome.

  • Kevlar

    Wow. A sexy as hell electric bike. Mind = officially blown.

  • http://pics.zenerves.net/index.php?gallery=vehicules tropical ice cube

    !CLUNK!
    (Sound of jaw dropping on floor. Haven’t picked it up yet.)

  • Your_Mom

    Gorgeous bike. Looks to be very well engineered. The Cosworth sponsorship is interesting – to put it mildly. They are reaching out from ICE into many new fields.

    Amazing how 545 lb is lightweight for a racing motorcycle.

  • Shaun

    What a stunning motorcycle. Everyone involved with this should be bloody proud. It’s art.

  • Roman

    Apparently a girl I knew from high school is married to one of their (Mission Motors) investors. Gonna try to finagle a test ride or something. Fingers crossed.

  • Holden

    I’d tap that.

    Day-umm, they did a nice job!

  • Ceolwulf

    This thing could be powered by a solitary hamster in a cage and I would still desperately want one. Wow.

  • http://www.postpixel.com.au mugget

    Packaging. I thought that was all that is needed. And then that just comes down to battery technology I suppose and money. After all, someone could make a big battery pack to fit the shape of the tank, right? Just like Apple does with the custom batteries in alot of their devices now?

    It’s just a matter of time… and then the future will be upon us! Huzzah!!

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      The tank’s a non-ideal location for the heaviest component on the bike and the battery pack is far too large to be contained in that area. It works best where it is, putting the largest mass right in the middle of the bike.

  • Jeff

    Brilliant! This and the MotoCzysz are making me a believer. I see that the batteries are swappable, but I wonder what the charging time is like? I’d still have hard time giving up my 1098, but if push came to shove and gas was unavailable or some crazy price, say like $50 a gallon, I would. Now, how about including a sound chip of a motor and maybe a 6 speed gearbox?? ;-)

  • Eddie

    Electric bikes FTW on the eye candy… When do we get to ride?