Tuesday, July 26, 2011

A big win for Mission Motors. A big step for electric vehicle technology.

This past weekend at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Mission Motors won the TTXGP / FIM e-Power International Championship Race. It was a weekend that produced some very compelling stats. • Our qualifying time of 1:31.3 is a track record for electric vehicles of any type, besting the previous record by seven seconds • This qualifying time would have placed the Mission R fifth on the weekend’s AMA Pro Supersport grid • Our average race lap times were ten seconds faster than last year’s fastest times • Piloted by Steve Rapp, the Mission R finished the eight-lap race in 12’40.6, 39.9 seconds ahead of the second-place finisher There are a few reasons why we believe the weekend represents a major milestone. First, the fact that electric motorcycles shared the weekend with MotoGP illustrates just how rapidly the new era of electric vehicles is gaining mainstream acceptance. And the fact that the Mission R is lapping Laguna Seca at the same pace as combustion-engine race bikes shows how competitive electric vehicles can be. But perhaps most compelling is the technology that won the race. The Mission R’s powertrain has been built with production-grade durability and [...]


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