News: 2014 Mugen TT Challenger

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2014 Mugen TT Challenger

This week Team Mugen revealed details of its contender for the Zero Class for this year’s Isle of Man TT races that will be ridden by John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey.

Called the Shinden San, this is the third generation of electric motorcycle that Mugen has developed specifically for the electric class of the TT races this May and June.

The 2014 version retains the carbon fiber chassis of last year’s bike – the Shinden Ni – but has a new electric motor, which has more power. It’s also lighter at around 529 lbs and develops more power with Mugen claiming there is around 134 hp and 220 nm of torque.

Mugen started developing its own electric race motorcycles in 2012 as a way of involving its young Japanese engineers in researching new technologies that could be adopted into motorcycles.  Mugen competed for the first time in the TT’s Zero class in 2012 and finished second and runner-up again last year behind four times Zero champions Motoczysz. With no official entry yet in the Zero Class from Motoczysz for the 2014 TT, this could finally be Mugen’s year at the Isle of Man.

The Mugen Shinden San features a new oil-cooled three-phase brushless motor and the team has designed a new layout for the bike that has increased battery capacity over last year’s entry along with revised aerodynamics and a completely new suspension system.

Having ridden with the team in the previous two years TT Zero events John McGuinness, considered to be the Isle of Man TT master, will be returning with Team Mugen along with the highly experienced Bruce Anstey, a nine-times TT winner.

Mugen Shinden San Specifications:

Machine Name: Shinden San
·Overall length / width / height (mm) : 2,125 / 680 / 1,130
·Wheelbase (mm) : 1,485
·Ground Clearance (mm) : 130
·Seat Height (mm) : 840
·Total Weight (kg): 240
·Tire (Front) : 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
·Tire (Rear) : 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
·Frame : CFRP twin-spar type
·Motor Type : Oil-cooled, 3-phase, brushless motor
·Maximum Output (kW [ps]) : 100 [134]
·Maximum Torque (N·m [kgf·m]) : 220 [22.4]
·Battery Specification : Laminate-type Lithium-ion
·Battery Output Voltage (V) : 370 or more

  • Chris Jones

    OK so how many kilowatt hours? I’d have thought that was the single biggest number worth mentioning here…

    • CaptainPlatypus

      I wouldn’t be surprised if they’re not publicizing it for exactly that reason. It’s still a race, after all.

    • Richard Gozinya

      Well, it uses Mission’s power train, so probably 15 or 17kwh. Mugen’s pretty lazy on that end of things, neat frame and swingarm though.

  • Campisi

    Apparently Mission Motors supplied the powertrain this year.

  • Kr Tong

    Motoczysz pulled out years ago because of mike battling cancer. Hope hes doing well.

    • Campisi

      The 2014 race will be the first TT Zero Motoczysz hasn’t won since the inaugural running of the event. Unless the Buckeyes have exhumed Nikola Tesla’s reanimated corpse for their development effort, Honda’s going to walk away with the trophy this time ’round.

  • Dennis Hightower

    Cool graphics

  • Jesse

    I will gladly bolt a driving light and some blinkers on that, and road test it for them.