Companies: Yves Béhar/fuseproject, Mission Motors
Mission Motors partnered with Yves Béhar to design a revolutionary, zero-emissions motorcycle that combined record-breaking performance with leading industrial design. Mission One is the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle—and was designed in just 1 year.
Designers started with freehand sketches, often using underlays from the engineering team to match dimensions and proportions.
Shaded models helped the team understand volumes and ergonomics and rough sketches over printed renderings enabled the team to iterate quickly. Designers wrapped external elements around the engineered components using software to explore surface intersections. The triangular shape of the battery and frame inspired the repetition of the form across the body, yielding a lightweight, strong, honeycombed shell.
The team wanted to attract motorcycle enthusiasts while crafting a new look appropriate for a motorcycle fueled by alternative energy. Visualizations showed light reflected off body panels, allowed viewing from different angles, and reenergized the team members with a preview of the finished product.
Mission One is the world’s fastest production electric motorcycle with a top speed of 150 miles per hour and a range of 150 miles per charge. By uniting Mission Motors’ engineering might with Yves Béhar’s design aesthetic, the team created the iconic vehicle in just 1 year.