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

  • jzj

    Good report, thanks.

    I’m pleased Mission is still well into the game, even if it has to supply Honda’s effort instead of running it’s own bike. Might this portend a more substantial relationship between Mission and Honda? Despite that batteries are still the grail, there is plenty of good work being done in motor and electronics design, and Mission seems to have a good package in those regards.

  • Lewis Dawson

    Is Mugen part of Honda? A subsidiary or something? I thought Mugen was an independent company, albeit founded by a member of the Honda family. But I could very well be wrong on that.

  • A little while back Mission threw their drivetrain into a Honda CRZ.


  • Jeromy


    My understanding is that Mugen is owned by Honda, and that they develope/provide parts for Honda. This Mugen prototype electric bike is a typical move for Honda, Mugen does the research/development and takes the bad reputation if it falls on it’s face, while Honda bank rolls the project. Then once there is a refined product Honda takes over. At least that is my understanding of the situation.

  • mxs