Back in the 80's, a Mugen limited slip diff turned any CRX/Civic or Integra into an auto-x or road race terror. It simply revolutionized what we thought possible in a FWD setup! This basic design is still winning championships worldwide....
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It's 1984 and first Ghostbusters, Gremlins, Police Academy and Beverly Hills Cop are in theaters. And these amazing exhausts are in Mugen's lineup for Prelude, CRX and Civic!
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Check out this radical design on the City exhaust:
You have plenty of go-fast parts for your car, but what about your body? Mugen has a nifty solution to your coffee and caffeine fluid delivery system in the form of this ceramic Mugen mug.
This mug is glossy black with pearlescent-white graphics of the circular MUGEN POWER 16 badge and Mugen logo beneath. The graphics appear on both side of the mug so you can enjoy them in both left-hand drink (LHD) or right-hand drink (RHD) setups.
The mug measures about 2.5 Mugen lug nuts tall, and has a fluid capacity of 250 milliliters (about 8.5 ounces). It's on the smaller side compared to what we might be used to Stateside, giving you ample opportunity to really savor that precious beverage. The mug comes in a white gift box with Mugen logo. A perfect gift for yourself or your favorite Mugen fan!
Currently available at the King Motorsports online store (released late 2013):
We just love the way Brian McGurk described King Motorsports in his Honda Tuning feature on our Prelude Race Car -- we just had to repost it here:
Birth of the King
Body kits, engine swaps, JDM trends, stance, and other assorted fads may come and go, but one company was alive and kicking well before most of it ever entered the picture: King Motorsports. Started in 1981 as the race team of a local Honda dealer, the team piloted their 1200cc '74 Civic to their first victory in 1984. Current CEO Scott Zellner started with the team around that time and recalls, "We ran every race we could with our little Civic, at the same time we started designing parts for them too." Throughout the '80s, the team stacked wins while garnering attention from Honda of Japan. "We got to work hand in hand with Honda Special Projects. They did all the cool stuff; it was a very exciting time." Toward the end of the '80s, King received exclusive rights as the sole Mugen distributor in the U.S., a feat not bestowed on just anyone. After that, gears changed rather quickly. "It was weird; we went from a race team to a parts distributor." Even today King Motorsports is synonymous with Mugen on U.S. shores and Scott, still at the helm, see's no end in sight. "We've been racing and winning for 35 years and we're still here and relevant. I'm very proud of it."
No two ways about it, they're the Kings and that's not changing anytime soon.
Read more: http://www.hondatuningmagazine.com/features/1309_1992_honda_prelude/
We are stoked to see the King Motorsports-built 1992 Honda Prelude (aka "San Pedro") featured in Honda Tuning!
Here is the very cool write up:
Check out more pictures of the build on our blog, starting with this post:
From the archives: Mugen body kit styles for the EK hatch and sedan!
Want to build an authentic Mugen-inspired EK Civic? Mugen actually designed two lines of body kits, the STYLE line and the AERO line.
The STYLE line is an OEM-like extension to the Civic's body lines. The bumper under spoilers cleanly attached to the lower portion of the OEM bumpers, giving the EK a pronounced, aggressive crouch that is much lower to the ground. The grille removes the Honda emblem and adds three vertical fins that evoke something animal. The middle fin is finished with a Mugen badge, as is the under spoiler.
The AERO line completely replaces OEM bumpers front and back with a more aggressive, customized design. The front bumper is reshaped to add large circular fog lights and pronounced winglets. The side skirt on the hatch adds a swooping upward cut, and the grille becomes a singular clean opening.
"CIVIC 3DOOR. Type STYLE": Side sill, Rear wing, Front under spoiler, Front sports grille, Rear under spoiler.
"CIVIC 3DOOR. Type AERO": Front AERO bumper, Rear AERO bumper, Rear wing, Side AERO spoiler.
"CIVIC FERIO Type STYLE": Front sports grille, Front under spoiler, Rear wing. Also shown: the Front AERO bumper for Ferio.
Despite your feelings about Honda's future, there is no denying they knew how to capitalize on their racing heritage in the 80's. From our archive is this masterfully word-smithed ad for the 1988 Acura Integra. It's interesting to see how much ads have changed over the decades. Ad copy used to be 80% of the ad, with images making up the remaining space; advertisers believed that words were key to the convincing. Today's ads are pretty much the reverse.
Precision Crafted Performance. The Formula for Creating the Most Exciting Automobiles in the World.
The Acura Integra 3-door and 5-door sport sedans. Fresh, intelligent designs. Innovative technology. Setting new standards for precision. And uncompromising performance. Driving enjoyment in the absolute.
This is the promise of Precision Crafted Performance behind every Acura Integra automobile. An unparalleled design standard built around the single most important element in an automobile: the driver.
It's a concept honed in the world of Formula 1 competition. Where horsepower figures go off the scale of normal engine dynamometers and critical tolerances are computed in microscopic increments. Where man and machine work together as one.
Honda Motor Co., Ltd. develops and supplies engines to winning Formula 1 championship teams like McLaren International. Just as there is no tougher proving ground than Formula 1 for an auto manufacturer, the company finds there is no better training ground for its top engine research and development engineers.
The engine designers draw on Honda Motor Co., Ltd.'s Formula 1 experience in the development and ongoing refinement of the innovative Integra powerplant.
Advanced technology--in the form of precise engine management systems, programmed fuel injection, four-valves-per-cylinder designs and use of lightweight, reliable components--is a unique element in the development of every Acura automobile.
It's technology that enhances the partnership between car and driver. In the exhilarating sensation of power and sports car-like agility. In the exceptional standard of quality and reliability.
And in the understanding and dedication to the fact that the development of technology must not be for technology's sake. But for the enhancement of the driver and of the driving experience.
It can be felt the moment you slip behind the wheel of the Acura Integra.
From the natural feel of every instrument and control being located in just the right place. From the exhilarating response of the engine and reassuring handling precision. To the unrelenting attention to detail.
It's what driving was meant to be. Precision Crafted Performance. As expressed in the exciting Integra sports sedan.