Edit: As pointed out on this Asphalt & Rubber piece Mission Motors has not revealed exactly what they are supplying Mugen. I jumped to conclusions. There was a rumor that Mugen’s motor for their first attack on the TT was a Mission Motors unit. But that is still unconfirmed, and no excuse for misleading anyone. I would like to note that there are only three basic components to an electric drivetrain: motor, controller, and battery pack. Thank you.
Sorry, no pictures for you all. I didn’t get pictures sent to me. Either way I think it is exciting news that Mission Motors is officially back in racing as we know it. I got the word from Mission Motors themselves, which is even cooler. I have Mission Motor’s press release, and the press release from Mugen Euro’s website. Mugen will be fielding two bikes and riders this year by bringing back John McGuiness and adding Bruce Anstey, who has 9 TT wins to his own name.
This brings about the silly season question of if 2 time TT Zero champion Michael Rutter will run the electric race this year. While I have heard nothing official, I have seen a report that MotoCzysz will not be running this year. And Mark Miller has a ride on the Italian Vercar Moto. So will he defend his title? Well I am not in a position to ask at the moment, but it is fun to take a second to speculate. As I reported earlier Saroléa is only a few weeks from revealing their new machine. Could Rutter be their rider for this year? Darned if I know. I have the feeling that Rutter is very loyal to MotoCzysz, and I feel there may be as much a chance he won’t race the TT Zero as there is that he will. We will see.
Check out the press releases below for the details:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Mission Motors M-TEC Co., Ltd (MUGEN) +1.415.666.2000 +81 (0)48-462-3111 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
MISSION MOTORS SUPPLIES TEAM MUGEN FOR 2014 ISLE OF MAN TT ZERO
San Francisco, California, USA – April 2, 2014 – Mission Motors, a developer of cutting- edge electric vehicle technology, has been named a supplier and sponsor of Team MUGEN SHINDEN SAN superbike for the 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge.
“Mission has an active motorsports program, with projects in both hybrid and electric racing,” said Mission Motors CEO, Derek Kaufman. “We are honored to be a marquis supplier and sponsor to Team MUGEN Shinden as they look to eclipse last year’s records.”
Team MUGEN Shinden director added, “Mission Motors and MUGEN have had a good relationship creating and developing exclusive electric power units for the Isle of Man TT project.”
Mission is a leading specialist in electric powertrain innovation, working with many major vehicle manufacturers on all aspects of HEV/EV powertrain technology. Mission’s project team employed this expertise to support Team MUGEN Shinden during engineering design and development activities. “We are introducing some exciting new technology for the MUGEN SHINDEN SAN race bikes,” said Mission’s Director of Powertrain Systems Engineering, Mark Sherwood. “Our engineers have worked alongside Team MUGEN Shinden to learn from their race data. For the 2014 Isle of Man TT, we have engaged in rapid new product development that truly raises the bar for electric motorcycles on and off the racetrack.”
With initial integration work now completed, track testing will continue through the spring. Mission is confident that Team MUGEN Shinden has what it takes to capture their first TT Zero victory and a new lap record.
About Mugen Motorsports
MUGEN designs, develops, assembles, and markets automotive engines for racing. Mugen also designs, develops, manufactures, and markets motorsports engines, chassis, parts, and components for Honda cars, including technical services at racing circuits. http:/
/ www.mugen-power.com/ english/
About Mission Motors
Mission Motors designs, develops and produces optimized electric powertrain components that incorporate the company’s proprietary technology. The company offers energy storage systems, drive systems, control systems, and software intelligence for automotive, powersports, marine and heavy equipment applications. Mission Motors is a full partner to vehicle manufacturers, meeting their development, production supply and aftermarket needs. Mission helps its customers bring higher performance electric and hybrid vehicles to market faster and at lower development cost. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Mission’s team combines expertise from the automotive, powersports, robotics, battery and software industries. Learn more at http:// www.ridemission.com
TEAM MUGEN Double Assault on TT Zero 2014
M-Tec Co., Ltd president, Mr Shin Nagaosa, today formally announced the participation of TEAM MUGEN in the TT Zero class at the Isle of Man TT event to be held during May/June 2014.
For 2014 the team will compete with two MUGEN Shinden bikes for the first time, with 20-time TT winner John McGuinness, who will be competing for the 3rd time with TEAM MUGEN in TT Zero, joined by long-time friend and TT rival, Bruce Anstey. McGuinness, who narrowly missed out on his first TT Zero victory in 2013 with a lap of over 109mph, will expect to be pushed hard by his new team-mate Anstey, who himself has a tally of 9 Isle of Man TT victories to his credit, and a fierce, but friendly, duel can be expected.
The formidable pair will be supported with an all-new bike, currently named SHINDEN SAN, which the team promises will have more power, and yet more record speeds are anticipated over the course of the event.
A spokesman for the team said “we are extremely excited to have secured the services of two such experienced proven winners around the TT mountain course, and the team will be pulling out all the stops to provide them with the machinery to go for the first TT Zero victory for TEAM MUGEN”.
No further details are available for SHINDEN SAN at this time, and the bike will be revealed later in the Spring.
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.