Mugen Shinden Yon Electric Contender to the Isle of Man TT Zero Revealed

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Team Mugen revealed their 4th iteration of the Shinden electric motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show, with even higher tech specs and aiming at a new zero-emissions victory at the Snaefell Mountain. The Shinden Yon (Japanese for four) boasts more power and is a tad heavier, but not to the point that we can say it got fat.
At the same time, the shape of the fairing has also been modified from the previous model year, and it now looks more like a shark and less like an eagle. If anything, an eagle is faster than a shark and has more to a speed symbol to it than a fish, but looks may be deceiving.

The fish-faced Shinden has 10% more power

Shinden Yon now delivers just under 147 hp, compared to the 134 hp figure of the San machine, while the torque remained the same, at 220 Nm (162 lb-ft). None of the electric bike manufacturers are too eager to tell too many secrets which lie hidden under their fancy bodywork, but we can presume that each iteration brings nifty extras.

The 370V laminate-type Lithium-ion battery may be one of the causes for the increased weight, as Shinden Yon now tips the scales at 250 kg (551 lb), some 10 kg (22 lb) more than the 2014 bike. The three-phase engine sports oil-cooling and sits in a CFRP twin-spar chassis. We can expect extensive use of carbon fiber, just like we saw in the Shinden San last year.

Team Mugen will have a stellar duet of pilots, with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey in the saddle. The one-lap TT Zero Challenge will take place in the Isle of Man on June 10th.
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