One of the more interesting details to come from the Mugen Shinden San electric superbike reveal is that a familiar name is helping power the Japanese motorcycle: Mission Motors.
One of the inaugural racing teams at the first Isle of Man TT electric race, Mission Motors has since focused its business model on providing OEMs with HEV/EV powertrains — you may remember its motorcycle project was spun into a new company, Mission Motorcycles.
Mission Motors can’t say which components of the Mugen Shinden San it is responsible for developing, but the company has been integral in Mugen’s electric powertrain efforts. “Mission Motors and Mugen have had a good relationship creating and developing exclusive electric power units for the Isle of Man TT project,” said Mission Motors CEO Derek Kaufman.
With the help of Mission Motors, Mugen hopes to crack 115 mph with its two Shinden San electric superbikes, which will have John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey riding them.
With the Shinden San sporting an even more aerodynamic fairing package, along with an additional 10hp from its new three-phase brushless motor, that goal is certainly attainable from the two experienced TT riders.
“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,” Sherwood added.
Source: Mission Motors