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Mugen Motorsports ( M-TEC Co. Ltd ) is a Japanese company formed in by Hirotoshi Honda. the son of Honda Company founder Soichiro and Masao Kimura. Mugen, Without Limit, is an engine and parts manufacturer closely with the Honda Motor

Despite the family connections, Mugen is not, and has never owned by Honda. Things complicated for some time as was owned and run by Hirotoshi Honda, who has the major shareholder in Honda his father’s … in 1991.

Corporate history

The company has a racing heritage as Hirotoshi began building his own racing in a workshop at his father’s house, before he graduated from University in 1965. Masao is a veteran with more 50 race victories in Honda cars and single-seaters and worked for RD and then Honda Racing before he helped H. Honda Mugen.

The company specializes in Honda engines. beginning the 1200 cc Honda Civic but has since developed and can now design and both two-… and four-… and manufacture many of the major

Mugen ultimately intends to its own road cars and the first towards this was the creation of for the Honda Ballade CRX in 1984. then, the company has produced a of body kits for Honda culminating in 1992 in the Mugen NSX

Mugen was restructured in late following Hirotoshi Honda’s tax scandal, and a new company called was established shortly in early M-TEC retained the right to use the trademark and is based in the current in Asaka, Saitama, in the northern of Tokyo and close to the Honda RD at Wako, and will retain the existing staff but will be unconnected with the old firm.

The restructured company is now headed by board member Shin Nagaosa was the manager of the engineering of the company and in recent years has largely involved with Mugen’s NSX racing program.



Working Honda, Mugen has gradually its sporting involvement to all levels of the In 1986, Formula 3000 was into Japan and Mugen forces with Honda to an F3000 engine. It was introduced in the season and leased to 14 teams. The year, Mugen won four of the top places in the Japanese F3000

In 1989, Mugen entered F3000 with the MF308 and won the championship with Jean driving an Eddie Jordan Reynard. The same year the produced its own prototype 3.5 V8 Formula 1 codenames MF350.

In 1988, started tuning Honda for use in Formula 3. winning the Japanese with Akihiko Nakaya. and in expanded their business to The same year, Mugen won its Formula 3 championships in Europe, the French title with Hélary. and the British crown Mika Häkkinen at the wheel of a Surrey Racing Reynard, who the title in 1991 with Barrichello .

As F3000 became a spec-series in starting in 1996 with the -Judd combo, the Japanese responded by making Mugen the supplier to the Japanese championship, now Formula Nippon. M-TEC the supply contract for the 2006 with the rules changing to Toyota associate TOM’S to Mugen as engine supplier. continues to enjoy success in the 3 circuit with its tuned 2.0 L engines, having won 9 titles in (8 of which in Japan) since as well as 19 titles in Europe (15 of in Britain), and 13 in Latin America.


In 1991 Mugen prepared V10 engines for Tyrrell but the following these engines were Mugen MF351H and were to the Footwork team, with Aguri Suzuki and Michele In 1993, Mugen remained with Footwork and created a B of the MF351H, used by Aguri and Derek Warwick .

At the end of the year, switched to Team Lotus plans for a new Lotus 109. The — with drivers Herbert and Pedro Lamy replaced by Alessandro Zanardi ) was underfunded and the 109 chassis was late The Mugen engine, codenamed was not able to show its full and, after Lotus at the end of the year, Mugen switched to the team, which was then run for Flavio Briatore by Tom Walkinshaw. drivers Olivier Panis.

Martin Brundle and Aguri The 3.0 L engine, conforming to the new regulations, was MF301H. The connection with resulted in Mugen’s first 1 victory at the 1996 Monaco Prix with Panis at the

The team was taken over by Prost in 1997 and the newly-named Grand Prix ran MF301H-B with Jarno Trulli the Austrian Grand Prix suffering engine failure. Prost establishing a relationship Peugeot in 1998, Mugen for a new partner and reached a two-year with Jordan Grand for which Mugen produced the engine. The 1998 season was not a until Spa-Francorchamps. when drivers Damon Hill and Schumacher scored a 1-2 finish.

The season resulted in further with Heinz-Harald Frentzen twice, but then the Honda Company announced that it be returning with its own engines in with British American Mugen pulled out of F1 at the end of the 2000 leaving Honda to supply the to Jordan as well.


In 1998, Mugen built NSX models, two for the Mugen/Dome partnership, one for Kunimitsu and one for Nakajima Racing. The were fast but unreliable at until the Nakajima NSX scored the first win at the fourth round in This was followed by three wins (one of them by the team), which lead to a place championship finish for Tom and Kouji Yamanishi.

In 1999, the Honda took more wins, one of those the Mugen/Dome team of Juichi and Katsutomo Kaneishi scoring a at the opening round in Suzuka and the third best team in the In 2000, the Mugen/Dome team was with Ryo Michigami. but the car’s was limited by regulation changes and reached the title without a win. Still, Honda won races, one of them by the second car.

In 2001, Mugen once more in the JGTC, the NSX two races, and finishing second and third (ARTA) in the series. importantly, in June, the company development of the a new 4.0 L V8, dubbed MF408S, for the prototype class in the 24 Hours of Le and American Le Mans Series. At the Mugen acknowledged that sportscar racing was a new category for

The concept of the MF408S was high compact size, durability and Mugen chose a 4.0 L normally engine because they through their experience in 3 that restrictor size was key to The idea was to save fuel a smaller displacement engine, theoretically, restrictor size bring power in any engine to a level.

The main engines in use at the time producing around 600 hp, including the Audi and Cadillac. as well as the displacement BMW and the Roush -prepared Mugen excluded a turbo as necessitated use of intercoolers to extract performance, which added to the and reduced performance.

2002 was a year for Mugen at the track. The NSXs won five rounds, the Mugen/Dome team winning two outright, which gave the Team’s championship title. The of the MF408S was in a Panoz chassis in the Sebring 12 Hours. first of ALMS.

In 2004, M-TEC to drop down to GT300 and train Japanese drivers for speeds. By grabbing promising early in their careers, would then be able to them and have definite to future champions. M-TEC Hiroyuki Yagi. was sourced the Integra Series.

Giving the experience was more important developing the car to take the championship. To end, M-TEC simply the car for the GT300 class without it for the new power level. Winning the series by one point over the ASL was simply an unintended bonus for a championship-level team.

Breaking the United States is another for the M-TEC team and the Mugen Currently, the authorized dealer of parts in the US is King Motorsports. director Junichi Kumakura racing the NSX in the United States was a way to promote the company in a previously environment.

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When asked what M-TEC would like to in America with the golden competing at Sebring and Daytona marked as attractive goals.

Engine Technical Specifications:

Name MF408S

Engine 90 Degree, 8 Cylinder


Max Power 440Kw / 9.500rpm

Max 520N.m / 7,500rpm

Restrictor 33.4mm x2 or 46.8mm x1

Ignition Direct Injection

ECU System

CDI System EFI-Technology

Clutch Carbon / 5.5inch 4-plate

Interval 3,000Km (5,000Km at Le 24h)

Length 559mm including flywheel)

Height (not including flywheel)


Weight 131Kg

Height 92mm

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