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McGuinness to ride Mugen in TT electric race

'I've followed the electric bike race for the last couple of years and I was keen to take part if the bike was right' - John McGuinness
Isle of Man TT legend John McGuinness says he is eager to test the new Mugen EV machine he will ride in the SES TT Zero Challenge race on the Mountain Course in June.

Honda TT Legends rider McGuinness, who took his tally of TT victories to 17 after an imperious double in the Superbike and Senior races in 2011, will ride Mugen's 'Shinden' model as he bids to snare the £10,000 prize up for grabs to the first rider completing a lap at an average speed of 100mph in the clean emissions race.

“I've not had a chance to test the bike yet. My first look at it will be in a few weeks, but the pictures look great,” said McGuinness. “I've followed the electric bike race for the last couple of years and I was keen to take part if the bike was right.

“There are a few other good machines in the line up so I think there's going to be a bit of competition this year, particularly with the chance to make history with the first 100mph lap.”

The machine, which has a carbon fibre frame and swingarm, was unveiled at the Suzuka race track in Japan at the weekend by M-Tec Company Ltd President Shin Nagaosa.

Mugen's EV offering has been specifically designed to tackle the Island's iconic 37.73-mile Mountain course.

The bike, christened 'Shinden', which means 'electricity of God', will be one of the early favourites to become the first electric bike to average a 100mph-plus lap of the course and with McGuinness aboard, who holds the outright lap record of 131.578mph set in 2009 on a Honda Fireblade, the team has every chance.

The Isle of Man Government's Economic Development Minister, John Shimmin, added: “Having the Mugen team enter the race is a real boost to the SES TT Zero and the Isle of Man's clean tech credentials.

"We are really pleased that the team has chosen the Isle of Man for the bike's first competitive outing and having John McGuinness competing in the event will generate even more interest in the race.”

Related Pictures

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The Mugen TT Zero machine John McGuinness will ride at the event in 2012
Dean Harrison on the Silicone Engineering Kawasaki in the Senior TT.
Peter Hickman in the Senior TT on the Smiths BMW.
Michael Dunlop on the Bennetts Suzuki in the Senior TT.
Bruce Anstey on his way to victory in the TT Zero race.
Guy Martin on the Honda Racing Superbike.
Jochem van den Hoek.
Michael Rutter took victory in the Lightweight TT on the Italian Paton.
Dan Kneen celebrates with his team after sealing his maiden Isle of Man TT rostrum in the Superstock race.
Ian Hutchinson celebrates his Superstock victory.
Ian Hutchinson on his way to victory in the Superstock TT on the Tyco BMW.
Davey Lambert in the RST Superbike race.
A Sidecar narrowly missed spectators in an incident that was captured in a video posted on YouTube.
James Hillier on the JG Speedfit Kawasaki in the opening Supersport TT race.
Michael Dunlop in the Supersport TT.
Michael Dunlop on his Yamaha in the Supersport TT.
Peter Hickman claimed his maiden podium at the Isle of Man TT with a runner-up finish in the RST Superbike race.
Michael Dunlop at the start of the RST Superbike race on the Bennetts Suzuki.

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March 05, 2012 5:21 PM

Umm, I do? With petrol at 1.40GBP per litre I love the idea of an electric sports bike with a linear torque curve and 100 mile range, which costs a fiver to charge. Anyone who does trackdays or races will also know how noise limits are getting ever lower, so an electric bike which brings the possibility of opening new circuits or using existing cicruits more often is great news. Won't be long before an electric bike support race in MotoGP with a big name series sponsor. Talk about innovation, that's where it's going to come from.


March 05, 2012 10:28 PM
Last Edited 1940 days ago

Some odd opinions here. Lets look at the facts. Petrol requires oil. Oil WILL run out. Electricity can be generated without the use of oil, through sources which WON'T run out. Forget about the efficiency and performance difference for now and focus on the fact that in roughly 40 years if we want to keep the automobile and motorcycle alive we need alternatives. "There are an estimated 1.3 trillion barrels of proven oil reserve left in the world’s major fields, which at present rates of consumption will be sufficient to last 40 years." - iMechEng site Let me stress something else, when we are down to our last barrels, motorsport will not be a priority. Anyway, great to see the King of the Hill swinging his leg over will add a new dimension to the league, people will be racing for 6 TT wins, soon enough.

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