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Is this the world’s fastest electric motorcycle?

What you’re looking at here is the 2014 Isle of Man TT Zero Challenge contender from Japanese motorsport powerhouse, M-TEC, racing under the name Team Mugen.

The TT Zero is a time trial class run over the TT course specifically for motorcycles that produce zero emissions, which pretty much limits teams to electric bikes. Bet you never thought an electric motorcycle could look so sharp.

The bike, named Shinden San, is uses a motor that is smaller and lighter, yet more powerful than that used in last year’s second-prize winning Team Mugen entry. The space saved has been used to house a larger battery.

The team also picked up second place in its first entry into the class in 2012, and this year is considered a clear favorite to win. Riding for Mugen this year are veteran TT racers, John McGuinness and Bruce Anstey. The event takes place alongside the main TT in May and June.

Here are the official specifications:
·Machine Name : SHINDEN SAN
·Overall length / width / height (mm) : 2,125 / 680 / 1,130
·Wheelbase (mm) : 1,485
·Ground Clearance (mm) : 130
·Seat Height (mm) : 840
·Total Weight (kg): 240
·Tyre (Front) : 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
·Tyre (Rear) : 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
·Frame : CFRP twin-spar type
·Motor Type : Oil-cooled, 3-phase, brushless motor
·Maximum Output (kW [ps]) : 100 [134]
·Maximum Torque (N·m [kgf·m]) : 220 [22.4]
·Battery Specification : Laminate-type Lithium-ion
·Battery Output Voltage (V) : 370 or more


Paris Hilton on a Motorcycle

The title says it all really – if you’re looking for a picture of Paris Hilton on a motorcycle, you just found it. OK, you probably want a bit more information: as far as we can tell she’s doing some kind of sponsorship activity with a MotoGP racing team this year. The team is called “SuperMartxe VIP by Paris Hilton” and will be racing in the 125cc class with riders Maverick Viñales and Sergio Gadea.

Early reports are that both riders have been performing well in testing, although we don’t know if they’ve been given leathers that match Paris Hilton’s sparkly pink outfit in this photo. Whether or not you’re a fan of Paris Hilton or MotoGP racing, it’s hard to argue with a picture of a blonde chick in a skintight bodysuit draped over a motorcycle….

A racing motorcycle, with Paris Hilton sitting on it.