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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
John McGuinness at the Isle of Man TT in 2014
Ian Lougher at the Classic TT in 2014
David Johnson will make his debut at the Classic TT in 2014
Danny Webb in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Connor Behan in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Lee Johnston in action at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
William Dunlop will ride a rotary Norton at the Classic TT
Dean Harrison will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Lee Johnston will ride for Black Eagle Racing at the 2015 Classic TT
Cameron Donald will again ride for Norton at the Isle of Man TT in 2015
Mugen riders John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Robbin Harms and Isle of Man TT rider liaison officer Richard Quayle on the TT circuit
Michael Dunlop at the 2014 Isle of Man TT
Honda Racing`s John McGuinness joined fellow Honda riders to take part in an assessment day at the English Institute of Sport – the organisation behind much of Team GB’s outstanding success at the London 2012 Olympics
John McGuinness and Conor Cummins back with Honda for TT 2015
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Jamie Hamilton and B.E. Racing team owner John Burrows

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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 1121 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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