Mugen Shinden Hachi Sets New Record Faster than Supersports in IOM TT

  • Michael Rutter set a new record on the Mugen Shinden Hachi on the way to win the TT Zero category at the Isle of Man TT (IOM TT).

  • The bike recorded speeds faster than those in the Supersport category.

  • Electric performance bikes have come a long way.

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Michael Rutter set a new record on the Mugen Shinden Hachi on the way to win the TT Zero category at the Isle of Man TT (IOM TT). More importantly, however, was that the Mugen Shinden Hachi recorded speeds faster than those in the Supersport category.

Rutter hammered the bike to 176 mph (283.2 km/h) on the Sulby straight. He also completed the 37.73-mile (60.72km) course with an average speed 121.91 mph (196.20 km/h). It was the fastest record in the TT Zero electric motorcycle class.

Rutter’s teammate and multiple IOM TT Senior class winner, John McGuinness came in second on the other Mugen Shinden Hachi. It was his 47th IOM TT podium.

Ian Lougher completed the podium on the Team Mirai ILR Idaten X RE in a distant three-and-half minutes behind McGuinness.

Mugen’s domination undoubtedly shows how far electric bikes have come (and are still improving). While many riders are still contemplating on the lack of petrol engine exhaust note, charging times and mileage, performance of electric bikes is of no laughing matter.

Another electric performance bike, the Lightning LS-218 has already demonstrated that when it set a new record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb (PPIHC), and a speed record of 218 mph (350.84 km/h) at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Photo credit: https://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk/2018/06/rutter-wins-tt-zero/

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