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.
Unveiling of machines for participation of 2016 Isle of Man TT race
MUGEN (M-TEC Co., Ltd., President: Tomoyuki Hashimoto) today unveils a brand new machine, “SHINDEN Go” to participate in this year’s Isle of Man TT Zero race.
Major parts including battery system, motor, and frame on the new machine have all been newly developed, reflecting knowledge gained through the races of the past four years.
Alongside the improved output of the power systems, battery and motor, the cooling system has also been improved in order to access the increased power.
A monocoque type frame is chosen for optimum lightness and stiffness, and to improve the aerodynamics, while at the same time permitting the battery to be positioned inside the frame.
Cross link rocker rear suspension, designed and manufactured by M-Tec, is adopted to make space for the huge battery, helping to improve the machine’s responsiveness.
John McGuinness, who has won at the Isle of Man TT event 23 times, and was champion of the TT Zero and superbike Senior TT class last year (Time: 17 mins 03.567 secs, Ave.: 132.701mph = 213.516km/h), and Bruce Anstey, who has a total of 10 TT victories, including a maiden superbike race win last year, are nominated in the team’s attempt to win the race for a third successive year.
Team name: TEAM MUGEN
Riders: John McGuinness
Representative / Director: Representative: Satoshi Katsumata
Director: Akihiro Miyata
█ General Specification
Machine Name: SHINDEN GO
Overall Length/width/height (mm): 2,125/680/1,130
Ground Clearance (mm): 130
Seat Height (mm): 810
Total Weight (kg): 250
Tire (Front): 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tire (Rear): 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
Frame: CFRP Monocoque frame
Motor Type: Oil-cooled, 3-phase, Brushless Motor
Maximum Output (kW[PS]): 120[163.2]
Maximum Torque (Nm [kgfm]) ：210 [21.4]
Battery Specification: Laminate-type Lithium-ion
Battery Output Voltage (V): 370 or more