March 3rd, 2012
Announcement of participation of "TEAM /MUGEN" in The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race
M-TEC Co., Ltd. Shin Nagaosa, president (Hereinafter called M-TEC) announced the intention to tackle the 2012 The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race held on the Isle of the Man with "TEAM /MUGEN". The motorcycle to be used will be the newly developed bespoke EV bike, "(SHINDEN)".
The chosen rider is the 17 times Isle of Man TT winner, John McGuinness, who, with such an excellent record, it is hoped will bring victory to TEAM /MUGEN on the teams debut in the TT Zero Challenge.
Given the current global trends, even those involved in the business of motor sports, as we are, must be concerned about environmental issues, regardless of whether it concerns motorcycle or automobile, and it is expected that Eco-Friendly Races where vehicles fitted with battery fuel cells, HEV and EV cars compete, will all play a main role in the future of motor sports. Facing such a future, at this time M-TEC has developed the original EV bike, "(SHINDEN)" in order to showcase our advanced clean emission technology and creativity to the world, and for the education of the engineers of the next generation for our future.
*The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race TT Zero Challenge
The Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Race TT is a motorcycle racing event having been held on the Isle of Man since 1907 and is historically the most prestigious motorcycle race in the world.
TT Zero Challenge started in 2009 as a new class requiring the entrants to ride motorcycles with zero-emission engines emitting no CO2. The race is run in a time-trial format over a course of approximately 60km of mixed terrain around the isle.
TT Zero Challenge
Ground clearance(mm): 130
Seat height(mm): 840
Curb weight(kg): 260
Caster angle: 23°
Trial length(mm): 96
Frame: CFRP Twin-Spar-Type
Motor type: Three Phase Brushless DC motors
Battery: Lithium-ion Battery
Battery output(V): 370 or more
█ Meaning of the name, " (SHINDEN)"
"(Shin)" means God. "(Den)" means electricity. Wishing God who in nature dominates all kinds of electricity including from thunder to static, would support us for the race, and for this the name was chosen.