For the past two years, 23-time TT winner John McGuinness has dominated the Isle of Man SES TT Zero race aboard a MUGEN electric motorcycle. In both of the races, the man who finished runner-up was yet another MUGEN pilot – 10-time TT winner Bruce Anstey.These two men return aboard MUGEN machinery – designed by M-TEC CO. – for the 2016 Isle of Man TT, either one ready to claim the Japanese company a third-straight win. And the machine both McGuinness (Morecambe) and Anstey (New Zealand) will pilot – the 2016 MUGEN SHINDEN Go – was unveiled this week by M-TEC CO. President Tomoyuki Hashimoto.
The 2016 MUGEN has been upgraded in all aspects, including the battery system, motor, cooling system and the frame, which were all redesigned “based on knowledge gained through the races over the past four years.”The electric engine, which produces 160 horsepower and 155 ft/lbs. of torque, is positioned in a new monocoque-type frame that was designed for lightness and stiffness, along with better aerodynamics. MUGEN reports that battery is now positioned inside the frame.M-TECH reports that the bike also features a “Cross link rocker rear suspension” that makes space for the bigger battery and helps improve the SHINDEN Go’s responsiveness.As for the riders, McGuinness holds the outright lap record at the 37.73-mile Mountain Course with a 132.701 mph (17 mins 3.567 seconds), and also the lap record for the TT Zero Class with a 119.279 mph (18 mins 58.743 seconds), both set last season.During the 2015 Isle of Man TT, Anstey earned his debut Superbike race win, and will continue with MUGEN in the TT Zero for the third-straight year.
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