Mugen’s third purpose-built electric superbike for the Isle of Man TT, the Mugen Shinden San, has been revealed in Japan. Campaigning two machines for this year’s TT Zero race, Mugen has John McGuiness and Bruce Anstey at the helm of its “Shinden San” bikes, as the duo looks for a one-two finish in this year’s race.
With MotoCzysz not racing at the Isle of Man this year, Mugen is a hot favorite to take the top podium spots, as well as crack the 110 mph barrier for electrics on the historic Snaefell Mountain Course (Mugen is targeting a 115 mph lap).
An evolution on the company’s previous designs, the Shinden San fits 134hp — 10hp more than last year, thanks to a new smaller three-phase brushless motor provided by Mission Motors — into its 529lbs bulk.
Mugen is tight-lipped on how much energy is on-board (other than battery capacity has been increased for 2014), but the company has noticeably retained its carbon fiber chassis design, which retains the same dimensions from last year’s bike, the Shinden Ni.
Mugen has however changed the bodywork, making more streamlined fairings of McGuinness and Anstey. That coupled with the Shinden San’s extra top-end power, should make for a noticeable improvement come race day.
Technical Specifications of the Mugen Shinden San:
- Length / Width / Height: 2,125mm /680mm / 1,130mm
- Wheelbase: 1,485mm
- Ground Clearance: 130mm
- Seat Height: 840mm
- Curb Weight: 240kg / 529lbs
- Tire (Front): 120/70ZR17M/C(58W)
- Tire (Rear): 200/55ZR17M/C(78W)
- Frame: CFRP Twin-Spar-Type
- Motor Type: Three Phase Brushless DC motors
- Horsepower: 100kW / 134hp
- Torque: 220Nm / 162 lbs•ft
- Battery Specification: Laminate-type Lithium-ion
- Battery Output: 370V or more