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Mission R electric superbike in a word: Wow!


by Marc-André Hallé ,

Following their fully-electric motorcycle called One, Mission Motors strikes back with the R electric superbike, a machine that combines wicked looks with surprising performance.

Photo: Mission Motors

Aesthetics are somewhat inspired from some of the most beautiful bikes on the road. The carbon fibre front fairings are reminiscent of the Honda CBR600, the seat works to create a KTM RC8 look and the trellis frame is typical Ducati.

The liquid-cooled, three-phase AC Induction motor generates 141 horsepower and 115 pounds-foot of torque, allowing the Mission R to reach top speeds of about 257 km/h. The battery modules in carbon fibre casings offer 14.4 kWh energy storage and can be replaced between races. The MissionEVT controller will allow riders to customize regenerative braking maps and throttle maps via WiFi & 3G connectivity.

The Mission R is built on a bespoke billet aluminum and chromoly frame that helps minimize weight. Completing the chassis are Ohlins TTX fork and shock, Brembo brakes and ultra-lightweight forged magnesium Marchesini wheels.

The bike will take part in the 2011 TTXGP (The Zero Carbon, Clean Emission Grand Prix) and rumour has it that Mission Motors also plans on returning to the Bonneville Salt Flats, Utah to set new land speed records for electric motorcycles.

Photo: Mission Motors