Ducati announced its MotoGP team will compete under the new “Open” class instead of the “Factory” class the other major manufacturers are adopting. Ducati declared its decision on the Feb. 28 deadline for teams to declare which of the two different class regulations they will use for the 2014 season. The decision was made on […]
UPDATED: 2014 Mugen Shinden San Revealed
Mugen have released these pictures of the 2014 Shinden San (three), the electric racebike Honda’s performance subsidiary is hoping will take victory at this year’s Isle of Man TT Zero event. The past two years the Mugen motorcycles have come second to the radical E1pc Motoczysz machines piloted by Michael Rutter.
Details are relatively basic at the moment, but underneath the bodywork, Mugen says the latest Shinden sees lithium-ion battery mated to an oil-cooled three-phase brushless motor producing 134 hp and a whopping 162 ft.-lbs. of torque. The package isn’t light, coming in at 529 lbs, but it should be plenty capable of taking top honors this year. Especially with the likes of 20-time winner John McGuiness and nine-time TT winner Bruce Anstey at the helm.
Due to some health-related issues, this means, unfortunately, that the Motoczysz team won’t be racing the event again this year. Sad news for racing fans everywhere, but should be more of a reason for McGuiness or Anstey to snatch a victory.
UPDATE: Mission Motors has issued a press release stating it is a supplier and sponsor for the Mugen Shinden San team. While it’s reasonable to think Mission is supplying motors to the Mugen team, this wasn’t specifically stated in the release. Instead, Mission’s Director of Powertrain Systems Engineering, Mark Sherwood, said, “We are introducing some exciting new technology for the Mugen Shinden San race bikes. 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.”