First Look: Mugen Shinden Ni (神電 貳)

04/17/2013 @ 10:39 am, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS

First Look: Mugen Shinden Ni (神電 貳) Mugen Shinden Ni test 01

With the start of the racing season just barely into its second round for many of the world’s various series, it is hard to believe that we should start hearing about entries for the 2013 Isle of Man TT, but June is truly just around the corner. Returning for the TT Zero race, Team Mugen returns to the Isle of Man with its new Shinden Ni electric motorcycle.

Piloted last year by the King of the Mountain himself, John McGuinness returns to Team Mugen where he hopes to improve upon his second place finish, and the 102.2 mph average lap speed he posted during last year’s competition.

McPint will be going for the top spot on the podium this year, but will have stiff competition from both Michael Rutter (the 2011 & 2012 TT Zero winner) and Mark Miller (the 2010 TT Zero winner) of the MotoCzysz crew.

We don’t have a plethora of details on the Mugen Shinden Ni (神電 貳) motorcycle, but Mugen says that the team has built an all-new chassis and powertrain, and is working on finalizing the bodywork as well, which we can only imagine will be more aerodynamical.

We do know that the Shinden Ni will be lighter than its predecessor, which was tipped to be the heaviest entry at last year’s race, and featured a massive battery pack.

Perhaps more importantly, Mugen and McGuinness will race in 2013 with more information and a better understanding of what it takes to race around the 37.76 miles of the Mountain Course with an electric motorcycle. Expect the competition to be fierce this year — we can’t wait.

First Look: Mugen Shinden Ni (神電 貳) Mugen Shinden Ni test 02

Photos of the 2012 Mugen Shinden:

Source: Team Mugen; Photos: © 2012 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

Comment:

  1. Kenny says:

    Ha! That bike must have been named by engineers. Ni means 2.
    Still I can’t wait to see how they get on. Especially since I seem to remember that Rutter was claiming the Motoczysz would do a 110mph lap in 2013.

  2. Gutterslob says:

    So next year it’ll be the Shinden San. Since “san” can also mean “Mr.”, we can expect it to have full AI and transform into a full-on humanoid Mr. Shinden

    Joking aside, best of luck to them. I still find electric racing rather eerie (the lack of noise), but if they can get the weight down and manage 2 x 120mph laps around the mountain course on a single charge in the next few years, it’ll be great news for production bikes.

  3. paulus - Thailand says:

    Electric series are getting interesting.
    The ‘TT-Zero’ and the ‘Pikes peak’ entries are both going to be worth watching.

  4. Damo says:

    How awesome does it look in matte black though. Dude looks like Vader San.

  5. Norm G. says:

    yawn.

  6. Heatsoak says:

    Is he wearing a GT-Air? Interesting choice for a track test…

  7. talkriver says:

    I am a Japanese. “神電 弐” is strange spelling. Correct spelling is just “神電 弐”. End letter “つ” should be deleted.
    The rider on those photos are Hikaru Miyagi, who is one of famous riders in Japan, cooperated to develop the first 神電 last year as well.

  8. talkriver says:

    Stone me. Strange spelling is “神電 弐つ”.

  9. Thanks, my Japanese is a bit rough.

  10. Damo says:

    @Heatsoak

    I mean it is Shoei’s most recent helmet design and is supposedly aerodynamically superior to most full race helmets.

    Also by dropping the Snell Safety standard in favor of the superior DOT and ECE standards, the GT Air weighs less than and Arai Corsair V.

    Just a heads up.

  11. protomech says:

    Looks quite a bit smaller than 2012 Shinden (Shinden Ichi?).

    A couple of options for multiple laps:

    1. No battery swap, lower speed endurance vs sprint (single-lap)
    2. Quick battery swap
    3. Quick battery charge

    For #1, given a choice between a single 110 mph lap or two 80 mph laps, I’ll take the 110 mph lap..

    For #2, battery swaps are certainly possible. Hollywood Electrics pulled off ~24 second swaps and rider changes at the M1GP 8H6 8 hour endurance race. Battery swaps do significantly drive up cost, which in turn means smaller grids.

    For #3, quick charging is the most applicable to production street bikes. However, like all the other options it introduces significant tradeoffs. Charging is not (hopefully) exciting to watch, it forces a tradeoff between very energy dense packs (for tracks like IOM) and packs that can accept high charge rates (so laptimes again are slower). Given a choice between two 20 minute laps @ 100 mph + 30 minutes of charging @ 30 kW vs two 30 minute laps @ 67 mph, the slower laps win (which brings us back to option #1).

    Eventually grid sizes, sponsorship and interest will improve and quick battery swaps will probably become the norm. Maybe a TT Zero Enduro race could start .. MotoCzysz used to design bikes with swappable battery packs, they may still do so.

  12. BenFaster says:

    Really glad to see this – competition is what will move the needle on this. Seems like a fast battery swap would be the most appropriate – keep the speeds up so its interesting – fast charges might be a little more dangerous etc.