MotoCzysz is to the Isle of Man TT's Zero Challenge what Audi is to Le Mans LMP1. The Oregon-based motorcycle master has taken the two-wheel electric honors at Snaefell Mountain in each of the last four trials, including a miraculous come-from-behind win last year. But MotoCzysz is staying home in 2014. This is the Mugen team's shot, and this is the bike they're hoping will take them to a Zero trophy.
Featuring an all-new three-phase brushless motor and 370v lithium-ion batteries, the 2014 Shinden San is rated at 134 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque. That's 10 hp more than last year's Shinden Ni, and though this new bike retains the Ni's carbon-fiber frame, Mugen says streamlined bodywork has increased aerodynamic efficiency in hopes of cracking 110 mph.
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And if anybody is going to squeeze miraculous average speeds out of the No. 1 Shinden San, it'll be John McGuinness, a man who owns the most IOM TT podiums ever and doesn't let a little, er ... keep him from winning. He'll be flanked by fellow New Zealander and nine-time TT winner Bruce Anstey in the No. 5 Mugen.
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