Our very special orange guest at this year's annual Dyno Day was the amazing Honda CR-Z MUGEN RR Concept vehicle. After months of careful planning, Mugen and King Motorsports were proud to bring Mugen's newest concept all the way to Milwaukee -- exclusively for our Dyno Day. This is the first and possibly only time that these wheels will ever be in the States.
Shipping a hand-built, one-of-a-kind concept vehicle over 6200 miles from Tokyo to Wisconsin (and back again) is no small accomplishment.
The process starts in April, months ahead of June's Dyno Day.
Moving the car out of the Mugen showroom:
In this picture, Mugen technicians charge the battery and do all the final prep:
Then the super-low hatch is eased up the ramps for transport to where it will be crated up and shipped out!
And here's what a shipping label for an entire vehicle direct from Mugen looks like! Made in Japan!
Box within a box!
6229 miles later the Mugen CR-Z RR Concept Car arrives in Wisconsin!
After two hours of uncrating!!
You just can't walk by this car without marveling at all the details....
Wanna see what's under the hood of the Mugen CR-Z RR???
Rotrex supercharged beauty!
Another view. The carbon work is just amazing! Approximately 200 hp and all the weight savings from the carbon body work should perk up the CR-Z!
Finally we moved the CR-Z into the King Motorsports showroom. We moved out all of our regular showroom cars to give the CR-Z center stage! Here it is covered the night before -- ready for its unveiling on Dyno Day June 2.
Grand unveiling the morning of Dyno Day!
YouTube user FLBFLY posted up this video walkaround of the Mugen CR-Z: RR!
Dyno Day over and a great success, the day for us to return the orange Mugen beast back to Tokyo came all too soon.
Charging up the battery one last time before we say goodbye to the CR-Z: RR! A huge thanks to our friends at Mugen for helping make this happen!
The King Motorsports International Shipping Division goes to work crating the Mugen CR-Z RR for its return trip!
Our Japanese colleagues built a very clever shipping container that clips together. Reassembling all the pieces was a bit challenging. :)
This is the Mugen CR-Z's last glimpse of North America! :)
Once the container was built, the fork lift pushed it into the back of the shipping company's truck. Sayonara!