John McGuinness tests the Mugen TT Zero machine at Cadwell Park
JOHN McGUINNESS was out testing his Mugen electric bike at Cadwell on Tuesday and posted a couple of pictures on Twitter to show its progress.
While the bike looks much the same as it did when first unveiled and is the definitive version that will be raced at the TT this year (Mugen had two of them at Cadwell, the racer and a spare), Mugen itself was simultaneously testing another of the machines in Japan.
The Japanese version, finished entirely in carbon fibre, shows off the bike's carbon chassis more clearly, revealing it to be a true monocoque design where the bodywork and frame are one and the same. You can see a full gallery of the pictures here.
If, as suspected, this bike has more than a little Honda in its DNA, we could be looking forward to some seriously good electric racing in the near future. Just as many – like Casey Stoner – are mourning the fact that MotoGP appears to be moving away from the pure prototype formula, it seems that electric race bikes are becoming the testbeds for some of the more interesting technological ideas...
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