Mugen Unveiled The Shinden Go Electric Motorcycle For 2016 TT Zero

MAY 21 2016 BY MARK KANE 10

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen will be back for this year’s TT Zero with an all-new electric motorcycle – the Shinden Go.

In June, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey again will try to set new record at the Isle of Man TT Zero race.

With new improvements, 120 or even 125 mph average speed should be well within range.

“Major parts including battery system, motor, and frame on the new machine have all been newly developed, reflecting knowledge gained through the races of the past four years.
Alongside the improved output of the power systems, battery and motor, the cooling system has also been improved in order to access the increased power.
A monocoque type frame is chosen for optimum lightness and stiffness, and to improve the aerodynamics, while at the same time permitting the battery to be positioned inside the frame.

Cross link rocker rear suspension, designed and manufactured by M-TEC, is adopted to make space for the huge battery, helping to improve the machine’s responsiveness.

John McGuinness, who has won at the Isle of Man TT event 23 times, and was champion of the TT Zero and superbike Senior TT class last year (Time: 17 mins 03.567 secs, Ave.: 132.701mph = 213.516km/h), and Bruce Anstey, who has a total of 10 TT victories, including a maiden superbike race win last year, are nominated in the team’s attempt to win the race for a third successive year.”

General specification
● Machine Name: SHINDEN GO
● Overall Length/width/height (mm): 2,125/680/1,130
● Ground Clearance (mm): 130
● Seat Height (mm): 810
● Total Weight (kg): 250
● Tire (Front): 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
● Tire (Rear): 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
● Frame: CFRP Monocoque frame
● Motor Type: Oil-cooled, 3-phase, Brushless Motor
Maximum Output (kW[PS]): 120[163.2]
Maximum Torque (Nm [kgfm]): 210 [21.4]
Battery Specification: Laminate-type Lithium-ion
Battery Output Voltage (V): 370 or more

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden Go (2016)

Mugen Shinden results - TT Zero

Mugen Shinden results – TT Zero

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Anyone know the battery (kWh) capacity?

It takes about 50 hp for a standard faired racing bike to run 120 mph. That works out to 308 Wh/mile. For the the 37.733 miles of the TT Zero event that is 11.6 kWh. With hills, turns and wind figure at least 15 kWh usable. Last year, Victory said they had a 17 kWh pack. Figuring they used 90%, that comes to 15.3 kWh. Their bikes averaged ~110 mph. Mugens’ averaged ~119 mph. Both have larger packs this year. Lightning offers a 20 kWh pack for their bike, so that much is surely doable.

With 20 kWh, it is conceivable that McGuinness could get close to his ICE record lap time.

Keep in mind the wind resistance increases with the cube of speed, so the sections where they’re traveling 200 mph would use 8 times as much energy as traveling 100. I suspect that the Mugen was already above 20kwh last year. A 10 MPH average gap is a big difference in this race and represents much higher top speed than the Victory because they had more energy available. Its going to take a LOT of energy to get from where they are now at 119mph to the 130s for the absolute lap time.

I think that this year they will certainly beat the Lightweight TT (650cc) class record at 120.8mph. The fact that they offered to give McGuinness a bike that certainly cost millions to make if he lost 20 lbs may be a sign that they’re pushing for a 128 to compete with the supersport class, but I think the odds of hitting that this year are very slim.

Yeah. It will really take another battery advance to reach ICE performance. It is truly a testament to the superiority of electric drive, that it competes as well as it does, with the pathetic energy density of batteries.

That cream cake isn’t going to help with the weight loss …

Why can’t they use near 100% capacity? This bike isn’t made to last 100,000 miles it is only made to compete a race.

Because cells are not identical capacity and/or impedance, no matter how precisely made. They are most likely top balancing. Pulling them down too near 100% risks cooking one or more cells, and causing a fire, on recharging. if not immediately. Having the winning bike burn up doesn’t do much for electric racing, or their reputation.

Can you cheat and use a Lightning LS218 with the racing setup and 20kwh pack?

Yes the mythical 20 kWh Lightning bike… Where is it I wonder? And why isn’t it up there with Mugen?