Bike Check-In for IOM TT Zero: Mugen and Saroléa

APR 10 2015 BY TDILLARD 2

While we wait patiently for any news of some rumored last-minute dark-horse entry to join the grid at the 2015 Isle of Man TT Zero, details on the front-runners are coming to the surface.  After a radio-silent unveiling this past weekend, Saroléa has finally released specs on its contender (via press release):

* Total Weight (kg) – 190
* Acceleration 0-100 kph (0-60 mph) – 2.8 sec
* Maximum Speed (kph [mph]) – 270 [168]
Tires:
* Front – Bridgestone Racing Battlax V02 120/600R17
* Rear – Bridgestone Racing Battlax V02 200/655R17
Brakes:
* Front – Beringer 320mm Aeronal discs with Aerotec Radial Calipers
* Rear – Beringer Aerotec 2D1 caliper
* Maximum Output (KW [hp]) – 110 [150] (Isle of Man configuration)
* Maximum Torque (Nm) – 900
* Battery Output Voltage (V) – 370 or more

…while Mugen announced the “Shinden Yon”  (hint: means “moar power”, more or less) with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey again riding this year.

Shinden Yon IOM TT Zero with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey

Shinden Yon IOM TT Zero with John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey (image: Mugen)

If you remember, McGuinness pulled a little over 117mph last year, breaking the track record for electrics.

The bikes are coming in at a 10% increase in power, with a 110-kW (147hp), 162.24 ft/lb motor and weighing in at 250-kg (551lb). No word on the pack, or whether it can deliver the power to match the motor, though with the slight weight increase we’d be guessing yes.

Read more about the Shinden bikes on Autoblog, here as well as on Asphalt and Rubber, here.

At this point, the contenders are weighing in spec-wise at just about how they placed last year.  Shinden placed 1st and 2nd, the Buckeye bike 3rd (a no-show this year), Sarolea in 4th and Vercar Moto checked in at 5th.  At a certain point, however, the IOM TT pits skills rather than specs…  we’ll soon see if we’ve reached that point in electric race-bike performance.

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Could they have made the Sarolea any uglier … it looks like some cobbled together garage project.

Broadly, it’s not that far off what racers looked like in the ’60s. Then, engineering and aerodynamics could overrule marketing. But yeah, a lot of the details look off.

It’s a new game; I expect electrics to carve out their own look that isn’t a copy of gas bikes. Apparently they haven’t found it yet.