2016 Mugen Shinden Go 01

Headphones on, guys. Mugen has just taken the covers off its new Shinden Go electric race bike for this year’s Isle of Man TT Zero race, and it sounds electrifyingly glorious. The new bike, whose name translates to “god of electricity – five”, was unveiled at the recent Tokyo Motorcycle Show.

Mugen has been racing in the electric motorsport event for four years and this new bike is the culmination of the knowledge the company has gained since day one. Some major parts have been newly developed, including the battery system, motor, as well as frame.

Speaking of which, the Shinden Go is built around a CFRP monocoque type frame, with the addition of an M-Tec cross link rear suspension that is specifically designed to make space for the sizeable battery. It measures in at 2,125 mm in length, 680 mm in width, and 1,130 mm in height, and retains the outgoing weight of 250 kg.

The electric drivetrain comprises an oil-cooled, three-phase brushless motor, which is powered by a 370V laminate-type lithium-ion battery pack. The power increases from 147.5 to 160.9 hp but torque is down by 10 Nm to 210 Nm. No performance figures have been released as of yet but the Shinden Go certainly looks the part.

Riding in this year’s TT Zero, which takes place in June, will be 23-time Isle of Man TT winner John McGuinness, alongside Bruce Anstey. They’ll be looking to beat the 2015 Shinden Yon’s lap time of 19 minutes 2.785 seconds and average speed of 191.28 km/h.





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