Team Mugen Announces 2015 IOMTT Shinden Yon Electric Bike, Confirms McGuinness and Anstey

Team Mugen prepares for the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge 5 photos
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John McGuinness aboard the Shinden SanJohn McGuinnessBruce AnsteyTeam Mugen logo
Even though we sort of knew that Team Mugen was planning to up their game for the 2015 edition of the Isle of Man TT Zero race, after John McGuinness spilled the beans in late 2014, the official confirmation just came from the team, which announced the two riders and the name of the bike they will be riding in this year’s race reserved for electric motorcycles.
Mugen, who in the absence of Moto Czysz has clawed a most respectable 1-2 in the 2014 TT Zero, will continue to employ the skills of John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey. Mr. Pint won the first place in 2014, while Anstey, who was the runner-up managed to smash the lap time record in the Superbike class, and obviously has what it takes for battling at the top of the charts.

The fourth Shinden bike will try to beat the 120 mph barrier

Team Mugen is preparing the Shinden Yon bike, with “yon” standing for number 4 in Japanese. This is the fourth version of the racing bike, but right now this is about all the world knows about it. No technical information perspired, and no spy photos have surfaced. Anyway, Team Mugen says they will bring the Shinden Yon at the Tokyo Motor Show in late March. Hopefully, more data will be available there.

Until then we can tell you that Mugen is surely eyeing a historical achievement with their Shinden machines, namely passing the 120 mph (193 km/h) lap times. Currently the best performance belongs to McGuinness, who posted a 19’17.300 lap time around Snaefell, with an average speed of 117.366 mph (188.84 km/h).

In the TT Zero Challenge, riders only have to complete a single lap of around 60 km (37.7 miles), and this restraint is dictated by the limited amount of energy the battery packs the bikes can carry aboard and still be fast. Follow the link to watch breath-taking action with New Zealand’s Anstey during his record-breaking lap.
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