ISLE of Man TT legend John McGuinness will be riding a new electric motorcycle in this year’s Isle of Man TT. The bike, which will compete in the Zero Challenge class, is set to head Team Mugen’s campaign in the iconic race series.
Called Shinden San, the bike is the latest evolution of M-TEC’s TT Zero project, which was originally built in-house as a means of developing M-TEC’s engineers in the emerging technologies in motor racing. The bike competed for the first time at the Isle of Man TT in 2012, and has since clinched two consecutive second-place finishes for Team Mugen. With Shinden San, it is gunning for a victory this year.
Upgrades for the latest TT Zero include a new oil-cooled, three-phase brushless motor that is more powerful while at the same time lighter and smaller. Team Mugen takes advantage of this new layout to increase the new bike’s battery capacity, promising better performance capabilities.
McGuinness this year is joined by Bruce Anstey, a nine-time TT winner.
The Isle of Man TT will be held on May 24 and June 6.