Now, I can’t tell you all about the three categories of electric car companies in (or purported to be in, or coming soon! to) the greater Bay Area because what I’d tell you about even the best group could be actionable, you know, defamation-wise.*
But electric motorcycles, that’s a whole ‘nother ballgame.
And it looks just the way you’d think:
Anyway, all the deets of MM’s latest exploits in racing, after the jump
*And some of these people are sue-happy, boy-howdy. For example, the “Founders” (five people, two people, one person, a dozen – who knows?) of one local electric car outfit hired lawyers to argue over, among other things, who went to or got accepted at Stanfoo. Yes, that’s a good reason to clog up our courts, that’s some good legal action there, boys.
“Mission Motors Unveils Mission R Electric Racing Superbike
New factory racer features latest MissionEVT technology, will race in TTXGP
LONG BEACH, Calif., Dec. 17, 2010 –Today at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show, Mission Motors unveiled the Mission R, the company’s new electric racing superbike. Featuring the company’s latest powertrain technology and an entirely new race-ready design, the motorcycle will lead the company’s upcoming 2011 racing program.
“We are excited to announce the Mission R, our compact and powerful factory electric racebike,” said Mission Motors’ Founder Edward West. “This bike represents the culmination of all the company’s learning in both electric powertrains and motorcycle engineering, and is the purest expression of electric performance.”
The Mission R features the latest components from MissionEVT, the EV powertrain technology arm of Mission Motors. MissionEVT components are powerful, intelligent, and efficient. The Mission R packs 14.4 kWh and 141 horsepower in a package smaller than a modern 600cc sportbike. The liquid-cooled 3-phase AC Induction motor creates 115 ft-lbs of torque at the crank from 0 to 6400 RPM, propelling the Mission R to a top speed of over 160mph in a single gear. The MissionEVT 100kW motor controller, with customizable regenerative braking maps and throttle maps, allows the rider to tune the bike to his or her preferences.
The Mission R chassis, designed by James Parker, features an entirely new design for integrating and balancing the weight and volume of a large EV battery pack into a motorcycle chassis. The chassis is wrapped in a new and aerodynamic industrial design by Tim Prentice of Motonium, with a small frontal-area and aggressive ergonomics.
The Mission R will hit the track in early 2011 and will compete in the TTXGP racing series along with other races, events, and demonstrations.
“Racing is in our DNA,” West said. “Mission Motors participated in the historic first Isle of Man TTXGP in 2009. Later that year, we went to the Bonneville Salt Flats and set an AMA Speed Record for electric motorcycles in 2009. With the help of our sponsors, including Texas Instruments and Pectel/Cosworth, we are excited to be returning to the track in 2011 with the phenomenal Mission R. The crucible of the racing circuit is one of the key ways we advance our technology. Pushing the envelope for what is possible with electric drive shapes not only the future of motorsports, but the future of transportation.”
Learn more about Mission Motors and the Mission R at http://RideMission.com.
About Mission Motors
Mission Motors is an electric vehicle company creating the most advanced production electric motorcycle in the world while developing leading EV powertrain technology through its MissionEVT division. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, the company’s elite team of engineers draw from expertise in the powersports, automotive, robotics, battery and software industries to develop technologies that maximize the potential of the electric drivetrain. The concept is simple: Redefine the worldof electric vehicle performance.