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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Mugen's Electric Superbike revealed

Mugen is the motorsport division of Honda, one of the famous Japanese automotive manufacturer has recently released an electric motorcycle that is claimed to be able to run fast and dubbed Shinden San (神電 参), on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. It had been prepared two motorcycles which will become Mugen's mainstay in Challenge class of the Isle of Man TT Zero racing competition in May and June 2014.

This year development includes a new liquid cooling system, increased power, the lighter weight and more compact dimensions. Its battery capacity is also enlarged compared to the 2013 season motorcycles, named Shinden Ni.
Mugen Shinden San. (Picture from: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/)
Almost all details Shinden San made from carbon fiber. Super lightweight materials necessary to compensate for the additional weight of the battery pack that has a weighing of 240 kg. In addition to light, frame, swingarm, and many other components of the same claimed sturdy like motorcycle racing.

The size of the battery is improved and made in the body that are covered by fairing. Energy generated from the 3 stages electric motor of Mission Motors, an OEM manufacturer from California. Its drivetrain are more severe than conventional engines, it has maximum strength up to 1,100 kW/134 hp with torque of 219,6 Nm.
Rear three quarter of Mugen Shinden San. (Picture from: http://www.asphaltandrubber.com/)
"Our engineers have worked side by side with the Mugen Shinden team while studied their racing data. For the Isle of Man TT 2014 racing competition, we have produced the development of new products that really improve the limitation of electric motorcycles on the track or not," explained Director of Powertrain Systems Engineering Mission Motors, Mark Sherwood.

The entire power directly channeled to all wheels without transmission. So, the duo Mugen's rider, John McGuinness, and 9 times TT winner Bruce Anstey, not bothered replacing the gear and clutch work. The clutch lever is located to the left handlebar usually go functioned as the rear brake. Even if the observed deeper, San Shinden had no brake pedal in the foot.

Mugen revealed, the maximum speed of the electric motorcycle can reached 185 kph. Maneuver ability entrusted to Showa suspension. While its speed deduction system using Nissin products.

"With the capabilities of talented riders, as well as the experience gained in 2012 and 2013, the team target to improves the class and enter a new level at the same time. And of course the final target is to be a winner," wrote Mugen in their official statement, on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | AUTOEVOLUTION]
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