Video: The Record Breaking TT Zero Run Of John McGuinness

Last week John McGuinness rode a Mugen electric motorcycle to a new record at the annual TT Zero on the Isle of Man. He managed to complete the 37.7 mile course in 19 minutes and 17.3 seconds, at an average speed of over 117 MPH, and we’ve got the on-board footage to prove it.

This video is not for the faint of heart, and it’s frankly amazing that McGuinness is able to navigate the narrow roads and tight turns of the TT Zero course the way he does. His Mugen Shinden San electric motorcycle moves like magic, dipping and juking through the corners with no complaint silently and steadily, reaching speeds in excess of 154 MPH.

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McGuiness set the overall record for motorcycles at more than 131 MPH last year, and he has closed the gap between combustion and electric motorcycles with this wild ride. The rate at which electric motorcycles have advanced is unparalleled by conventional motorcycles, and even though the TT Zero has only been around for 5 years, it’s already giving gas bikes reason to worry for the future. How much longer till electric motorcycles exceed their combustion counterparts?

With nearly 20 minutes of electric racing bliss from the on-board camera, pregnant women and people with heart conditions should probably avoid this video. It’s that heart-poundingly exciting and scary, all in the same breath, and it’s a wonder how John McGuinness manages to hang out.

 

Christopher DeMorro

A writer and gearhead who loves all things automotive, from hybrids to HEMIs, can be found wrenching or writing- or else, he's running, because he's one of those crazy people who gets enjoyment from running insane distances.