To say that John McGuinness will win this year's TT Zero on the Isle of Man, riding the Shinden San for Team Mugen, and that his closest competitor will likely be his new teammate Bruce Anstey, would not be the boldest of predictions. MotoCsysz, the team that's dominated the previous four contests, is sitting out this year and McPint, as he sometimes called because his name bears a close resemblance to that of a certain brewer of fine, dark beer, is often the fastest man around the 37.799-mile Snaefell Mountain Course, with 20 wins over the years and the 131.671-mile per hour lap record to his credit.

For 2014, Mugen made significant improvements to its "God of Electricity" bike.

But he's not always the fastest. The past two years, McGuinness has placed second in the all-electric contest, despite his team spending vast amounts of money developing and improving its bikes. For 2014, Mugen has not only made significant improvements to the third iteration of its "God of Electricity" – the English translation of Shinden – it's built two of them.

Interestingly, nestled deep within their twin-spar carbon fiber reinforced polymers (CRFP) frames one can find a bit of tech from the Americas. The Japanese company has been working with Mission Motors to develop a motor and, presumably, other components specific to its needs. The result? The electric bikes now boast a compact oil-cooled power plant capable of putting out 100 kW (134 horsepower) along with an impressive 220 Nm (162 pound feet) of torque.

According to our friends over at Asphalt & Rubber, that's a 10-hp increase from last year. Along with slimmer, more aerodynamic fairings and a bit more battery capacity, the team has hopes of the 529-pound bike rounding the course at an average speed of 115 mph. If it does, that would be a new record and likely enough to put it ahead of all comers.

Of course, there are some other entries who also have that top podium step in their sights, including Team Vercar Moto, who have recruited Mark Miller from MotoCsysz and a yet-to-be-revealed machine from the newly-revived Begium brand Saroléa. While we wait to to hear more about who's coming to this year's TT Zero party, scroll below for press releases from both Mugen and Mission Motors. You can also see more pics of the Shinden San with and without its fairings on here.
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2014 Isle of Man TT Race: TEAM MUGEN contender revealed.

Mr. Shin Nagaosa, President of M-TEC Co., Ltd., today announced the release of the new contender from TEAM MUGEN for victory at this year's Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge class, to be held during May and June.

M-TEC originally created the in-house TT Zero project as a means of developing and initiating their young engineers in the emerging technologies that are fast becoming prevalent in all forms of modern motorsport, and competed for the first time at the Isle of Man TT in 2012. Since then with two consecutive second-place finishes under their belt the team is gunning for a victory in 2014 with an all-new challenger, "SHINDEN SAN".

The development for this year sees a new oil-cooled 3-phase brushless motor that is increased in power output while at the same time is lighter and reduced in size. The team has taken the opportunity afforded by this new layout to increase the battery capacity over the 2013 machine and installed new control systems take advantage of the performance capabilities.
Also with SHINDEN SAN the engineers have used the data gained from previous years racing and testing to optimise the aerodynamics of the machine and adopted newly-developed suspension in order to maximise the speed potential.

Having ridden with the team in the previous two years TT Zero events John McGuinness will be returning with TEAM MUGEN, bringing with him once again his brilliant track record and expertise on the mountain course, and this year he is joined by the highly experienced Bruce Anstey, himself a nine-time TT winner.
With this talented rider line-up, and the experience and development gained in 2012 and 2013, the aim of the team is for SHINDEN SAN to raise the bar to a new level with a target at the same time, of course, to achieve victory.

* The Isle of Man TT Races are a traditional international bike race event, which has taken place since 1907 on the Isle of Man located between England and Ireland. The TT Zero Challenge class was first run in 2009 as a time trial format over the 60km mountain course on the public roads on the island, with the regulations requiring a zero CO2 clean emission power unit.

Machine Specification

·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
·Tyre (Front) : 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
·Tyre (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



MISSION MOTORS SUPPLIES TEAM MUGEN FOR 2014 ISLE OF MAN TT ZERO


San Francisco, California, USA–April2, 2014–Mission Motors, a developer of cutting-edge electric vehicle technology, has been named a supplier and sponsor of Team MUGEN SHINDENSAN superbike for the 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge.

"Mission has an active motorsports program, with projects in both hybrid and electric racing," said Mission Motors CEO, Derek Kaufman. "We are honored to be a marquis supplier and sponsor to Team MUGEN Shinden as they look to eclipse last year's records."

Team MUGEN Shinden director added, "MissionMotors and MUGEN have had a good relationship creating and developing exclusive electric power units for the Isle of Man TT project."

Mission is a leading specialist in electric powertrain innovation, working with many major vehicle manufacturers on all aspects of HEV/EV powertrain technology. Mission's project team employed this expertise to support Team MUGEN Shinden during engineering design and development activities. "We are introducing some exciting new technology for the MUGEN SHINDEN SAN race bikes," said Mission's Director of Powertrain Systems Engineering, Mark Sherwood. "Our engineers have worked alongside Team MUGEN Shinden to learn from their race data. For the 2014 Isle of Man TT, we have engaged in rapid new product development that truly raises the bar for electric motorcycles on and off the racetrack."

With initial integration work now completed, track testing will continue through the spring. Mission is confident that Team MUGEN Shinden has what it takes to capture their first TT Zero victory and a new lap record.

About Mugen Motorsports
MUGEN designs, develops, assembles, and markets automotive engines for racing. Mugen also designs, develops, manufactures, and markets motorsports engines, chassis, parts, and components for Honda cars, including technical services at racing circuits. http://www.mugen-power.com/english/

About Mission Motors
Mission Motors designs, develops and produces optimized electric powertrain components that incorporate the company's proprietary technology. The company offers energy storage systems, drive systems, control systems, and software intelligence for automotive, powersports, marine and heavy equipment applications. Mission Motors is a full partner to vehicle manufacturers, meeting their development, production supply and aftermarket needs. Mission helps its customers bring higher performance electric and hybrid vehicles to market faster and at lower development cost. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Mission's team combines expertise from the automotive, powersports, robotics, battery and software industries. Learn more at http:// www.ridemission.com



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      porosavuporo
      • 8 Months Ago
      For reference, a modern stock 600 sports bike puts out around ~110-120hp, so 134 is quite a bit. But normal 600ers weigh somewhere around 400 pounds, so 529 is a fatty by comparison. One of these should be run with primary batteries at some point, Duracell bunny style - that would be a sight to behold.
        DarylMc
        • 8 Months Ago
        @porosavuporo
        Hi porosavuporo If you cant acknowledge one good thing about the work they have done on this electric race bike then feel free to point to some electric bike which meets your approval. There is not many decent electric motor bikes of any sort let alone cutting edge bikes like this so stop your complaining. The limits of an SV650 are no where near what a 600cc sports bike can do. In any case I give you a pat on the back for being an OK rider and pushing the machine on the track not the road.
        2 wheeled menace
        • 8 Months Ago
        @porosavuporo
        Yes, but horsepower isn't everything. You should see the torque curve of a 100hp+ electric motor versus a gasoline one... it's another world :)
          porosavuporo
          • 8 Months Ago
          @2 wheeled menace
          Hey, i go to track days with SV650 so i know all about how to scare 600ers in sharper corners with torque. Doesnt help much in straighter lines at higher speeds. Also there is only so much torque that you can reliably put down on the road, even with the top end suspension and tires - beyond a certain point you'll low-side. We are talking race bikes here, where a coherent balance of everything is important than any single technical metric, and a 530 pound bike is simply overweight.
      • 8 Months Ago
      torque curve doesn't mean a thing if you are on one wheel. I had an SV1000, front wheel would lift in the first 4 gears. Amazing torque on a crotch rocket is very overrated. My Sv650 was so much more fun.
        DarylMc
        • 8 Months Ago
        Hi Randall I'm extremely confident that when you get to ride a decent electric bike you will also have fun. Perhaps even more fun than the SV650:) The Mugen bike is looking very good for dominating the 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero race. It is at the very top of performance for an electric bike right now and it's hard to understand if that doesn't impress you.
          Ricardo Gozinya
          • 8 Months Ago
          @DarylMc
          Not hard to be at the top when MotoCzysz isn't participating this year.
      DarylMc
      • 8 Months Ago
      What I am increasingly reading about a lot of new technology is that it is coming from the USA. Maybe that is partly due to my own ignorance if I didn't already know that. Mission Motors involvement with this machine should be a very encouraging sign to people about the benefits of supporting some of the excellent work done in the USA.
      mawhalen53
      • 8 Months Ago
      Awesome livery! Has real character.
      Ricardo Gozinya
      • 8 Months Ago
      It's basically a Mission RS powertrain inside of a carbon fiber frame, from what I gather.