Team Mugen to Participate in 2015 Isle of Man TT, Confirms McGuinness, Anstey
“Once again, MUGEN (M-TEC Co., Ltd., Shin NAGAOSA, President) will, as “TEAM MUGEN”, participate in the TT Zero Challenge class※１ at the 2015 Isle of Man TT races, to be held from May, 30th (Sat.) through to June, 12th (Fri.), 2015 on the Isle of Man.
“The challenge of participating in the Isle of Man TT electric motorcycle races, which is a new discipline to us and completely different from our core strengths as a manufacturer and developer of high-speed internal combustion engines, started in 2012 as our unique project to foster young engineers and conduct developments in a new area.
“We achieved our initial goal of 2014 which was to exceed an average speed of 115 mph (185 km/h), and in doing so captured the long-sought after victory, with a one-two finish for the team, in a time that beat the previous record lap record in the TT Zero Challenge class by more than one minute (00:19:17.3 lap).”
Mugen will be ridden by two veteran IOM racers: John McGuinness (Last year’s results: #1 Position: First, Average speed: 117.366 mph, Time: 19’17”300) and Bruce Anstey, (#5, Position: Second, Average speed: 115.048 mph (185.11 km/h), Time: 19’40”625).
“John has won the Isle of Man TT races 21 times in total, and took victory in the TT Zero Challenge class last year, while Bruce updated the outright course record for the mountain course with an average speed of 132.298 mph (00:17:06.682) during the TT races of 2014.”
This year’s bikes will be an improvement over last year’s model, called the “SHINDEN YON” and viewable by the public at the 2015 Tokyo Motorcycle Show, at Tokyo Big Sight in March, 2015
(Tokyo Big Sight (Tokyo International Exhibition Complex) West Exhibition Hall, Special stage in atrium, 3-11-1, Ariake, Koto-ku, Tokyo)
For more details, check out the Team Mugen site, here. For a great story on their 2014 victory, see this story: Record-Breaking MUGEN Shinden san – 2014 Isle of Man TT
For some pretty intense onboard video, check out McGuinness’ record setting run:
(Tip o’ the hat to Moto Elettricheblog for the heads up!)