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Hell For Leather. HFL — 3, 2013

People are excited this new Mission R for one big reason: fast. A point demonstrated by Rapp at Laguna Seca two ago, when he annihilated the throwing down lap times with 600cc ICE race We interviewed him shortly after and the bike’s public launch was a good time to revisit

Two weekends ago, San Francisco-based Mission Motors made when rider Steve lapped Laguna Seca in That’s a new record for electric of any kind and would have put 5th on that weekend’s AMA Supersport Steve went on to win the race, blowing away competition MotoCzysz, Lightning and Brammo.

Two ago, we talked to Steve and our old [now former] Mission guru David Salguero, that achievement.

On finishing 40 ahead of MotoCzysz in an eight lap

David: “The Mission R is a that was conceived at a system to perform well at the track. You start from a clean and say ‘what is gonna make bike the fastest?’ Distinct every other bike on the we do not use any off-the-shelf powertrain components.”

using our own stuff and our own stuff is as power and energy dense as it We have 14KwH of battery on bike, which is 2 less what’s in a Chevy Volt. a LOT of battery.”

“So James Parker’s allows for 14kWh of our technology, but it gives us that 55º of lean that Steve uses degree of. Really you just to start from the top and use the lightest and powerful tech or the smallest and powerful tech.”

“You need a rider really consistent to be able to in that powertrain. Steve has everything under the sun and knows how to something in and how to be consistent.”

A slow

Steve: “The first I rode the Mission R was at Thunderhill a few months ago and, to be honest you, I wasn’t impressed at

“They had it setup really and they didn’t tell me a lot of at the beginning, cause I don’t to know everything, they wanted to make sure was working.”

“They said worry, we have it in a safe right now. There’s a lot power we can pull out of it.’”

“So we rode it at Buttonwillow and it was a lot better the first time. A lot better. It great and they kept power to it and all the stuff they to do and then we went to an electric race at Laguna, Refuel, and it started to come alive It was really starting to run fast, and the was better and we were getting the to work better.”


David: “That’s kind of how we our electric powertrains. That does have our very technology in it. When you’re it up, you set a threshold and once everything is ok, you bring it up a notch and repeat. how we were able to drop a ten seconds between Refuel and the Every time we hit another reliably, we’d say we can turn up the a little bit.

We’ve got this stuff cell-to-server software that at all the parameters in real time; the of each battery cell and all kind of stuff. It’s kinda game.”

Steve: unheard of. It’s never to me and I’ve never heard of it in motorcycle racing, that you can ten or eight seconds.”

“In racing, in the it’s like you’re for tenths and maybe one second at the not ten seconds. It’s cool you can make that much

David: “Brammo rider Atlas asked us, ‘where the did you guys find that seconds? Where did that from?’ And we just kinda to our guy that had a laptop connected to the and went, ‘Yep, it’s there.’”

Steve: “I was working on the rates and different tire different brake pads, And, by the end of that electric challenge at Laguna, I was really good and enjoying riding the Then we rode it one more at Buttonwillow and they got it going faster. Then I was really to be impressed by it to the point where I to ride it more and more.”

nothing coming up right now and I’m because I wanna ride the because it’s such a fun to ride. I like using to compare things, but I can’t there’s just nothing like it out there.”

“It’s not the novelty or the newness of it, just how easy it is to ride and the way the comes on. There’s no shifting your feet or hands and you a lot of time just to worry riding the bike. You’re not about the gearing and all the other that go with gas bikes.”

race bike.

2014′s bike.

Lapping on par with

David: “I think this was the year where general and vehicle enthusiasts started to notice. We had our other bike on all weekend out in front of the Pro Italia and people just kept up, asking educated questions kWh, regenerative braking, all things. People are starting to what these things are and no longer people saying like ‘oh, do you put cards in the and stuff like that. are genuinely interested and they at the bike and they’re impressed.”

A on regen.

David: “We put about one of the total energy used into the pack through the use of That number is particuarly low due to preference – Steve asked to it turned down low. But representative of the fact that, in a bike application, regen is for feel and balance than for energy back in. It’s a sort of traditional engine kind of feel and that’s a parameter.”

Riding an electric through The

Steve: “Actually, it’s to accelerate because you don’t to shift gears now. nothing hard or awkward. If it’s actually easier to because of that.

It’s one gear, smooth power, no hits in the powerband like you with a gas engine, it’s to maintain partial throttle, It’s just so fun to ride.”

only one difference. And the shifting is no big that’s easy. Anybody can a bike and not shift. That hard to get used to. Riding the the way it feels, the way it turns, the way it leans, of that feels out of the ordinary.

The thing that I’ve that would catch off guard is the weight of it [545lbs]. So you come in to a corner, you definitely that you’re braking a bit earlier that you normally

“Anybody could jump on the and ride it easily, safely and would be the only thing really notice. When came back I bet they’d ‘oh, it feels a little when you try to stop it.’ it.”

Electric speed.

“The bike is, theoretically, to all our logging and logarithms and stuff, of over 160mph. Again, the motorcycle race is basically one big mathematical equation where you into account speed corner speed versus versus all this other of stuff, so to say get to a lower top-speed quickly, is a more efficient way to get lap times than to go extremely and get hard on the brakes. I think the 133 was a lower limit of what the can do.”

When you’ll be able to buy

David: “There’s no plans now for a road bike. Mission is all technology. We got a bunch of people are doing things here electric powertrains and batteries and motors and software running the that hasn’t been before. That’s what we do

We don’t do distribution, we don’t do vehicle manufacturing here. just not what we do. We’re not focus on that, we’re gonna focus on what we do

“We’re really, as a company, on the OEM car stuff. We’re getting so traction there and it’s actually kind of exciting for us and for a lot of at this company, which is a ton. There’s 35 of us now. are passionate about making an on the world here and getting or tens of thousands or even powertrains out there is one way to have a massive impact for a company of size, so that’s really we’re focused on right

What’s next.

David: AMA 600 lap times was the thing to and we’re trying to think of what’s and we think the Mission R is the bike to do it and Rapp is the guy to ride it. We’re keep thinking creatively that.”

Steve: “What proposed actually to Edward, the founder and owner of Mission is, ‘We can go race all these other bikes, but at this point not really gonna be much of a I think the next frontier for us is to a race and racing some gas I honestly think we can beat That’s what I’d like to

“Even at Laguna, before we out on track, they were around over the loudspeaker and it seems like now, I think that this and this company have the way everybody thinks. They say anything about a bike can beat theirs. I honestly this was an historical event for vehicles in a lot of ways and I think just gonna keep

“I could see these bikes in the five to ten years, maybe going faster than of the fastest gas bikes. Last the lap record was a 43 and this year we did a 31, so it was 12 in one year. Can you imagine if we did that We’d be going faster the MotoGP bikes.”

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