This is because Honda’s close partner, Mugen, will compete in the Isle of Man TT Zero electric motorcycle race this summer with a completely new product. This is an important historical moment for both the motorcycle industry in general and Honda in particular.
Enrolling in the race, Mugen will compete with several major motorcycle manufacturers such as MotoCzysz. “Through the race, we want our engineers to be aware of and get ready for the application of electric drive technology in future vehicles.” Mr. Satoshi Katsumata, representative of the Mugen racing team, confirmed.
Basically, Mugen is a subsidiary of Honda. Founded in 1973 by Mr. Hirotoshi, son of the legendary Soichiro Honda, Mugen still maintains a close connection with the Japanese automaker. One of Mugen’s duties is to car, build engines, produce concepts and develop new technology for Honda. Mugen himself also has a long history associated with racing, including Formula 1.
In recent times, Honda has shown quite an interest in electric motorcycles. At the 2011 Tokyo exhibition last year, Honda introduced a concept car using an electric drive system called the RC-E.