But when we discovered it produced only 122 hp from its gas engine and electric motor combined, our enthusiasm waned. The result is a flatter, longer, and higher torque curve that makes the car feel more muscular at every point in its rev range. . Some components actually add to the weight of the car but earn their place in the specification with their enhanced capabilities. The hybrid system can add up to 67 bhp to that figure. This means that more torque is available throughout the rev range. Mid-corner the car stays much flatter, waiting patiently for you to slam the throttle wide open all over again - something we found ourselves doing earlier and earlier as we learned just how well the differential maximizes grip.
As 4-piston callipers they offer superb stopping power with minimum brake fade even after extended heavy use, and being made completely in one piece, the installation is extremely rigid, ensuring consistent contact between the disc and the pad. From a distance it sounds like a genuine racer, but from inside the cockpit it is annoyingly boomy and gave us a headache within seconds. We would add though that on public roads, rather than a deserted raceway, the perception of speed would be far greater. The brilliance of the supercharged hybrid engine is all in the torque curve. That's a nudge of 30 horses over the standard , though the hatchback's integrated motor assist system still delivers an extra 20 horsepower when needed. What a beauty it is! Things are capped out with a serial number plate from Mugen.
Mugen also threw in a titanium cat-back exhaust system to help the engine breathe a bit easier. Of course, this wouldn't be a Mugen product without a new , and the company's designers served up a reworked front fascia, adjustable front spoiler, side skirts, rear diffuser and, of course, a wing. There's a limited slip differential added up front, too. Mugen announced the : the higher performance hybrid coupe. The new Honda did manage to clock the fastest lap of the race.
Check it out after the jump. It's just one constant wave of torque. Something that looks this exciting, and has such a capable chassis underneath it, deserves more power. The shift knob for the six-speed manual has been swapped out for a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic unit, and a boost meter is also added for good measure. As you'd imagine, Mugen hasn't stopped there. Among the many substantial changes is the relocation of the engine from directly in front of the cockpit to right behind it. With the exception of the stock roof and doors, the sophisticated racer is clothed in a bespoke, silhouette body.
Exclusively developed suspension, brake system, and wheels, exterior parts designed considering aerodynamics, and the centrifugal supercharger as well are installed to improve performance. What the electric motor does do is give the car a guillotine-sharp throttle response - the reason we were able to fire down the pit lane a little quicker than we'd anticipated. This power is transferred to the rear wheels through a six-speed, sequential gearbox. Bigger brake discs and 4-pot monobloc callipers help stop this powerful car. Effectively a silhouette racer, only some elements from the chassis and the overall exterior design have been carried over from the road car. The sports exhaust can be ordered too, with its drooping trapezoid tip.
The stock brakes have also been discarded in favour of ventilated, carbon-ceramic discs on all four corners. By strapping a centrifugal supercharger to the 1. Page 1 of 1 Article. To accommodate these modifications, much of the chassis has been replaced by a tubular spaceframe structure. Carbon-fiber doors cut 68 pounds, a carbon-fiber hood saves 13 pounds, while 17-inch lightweight wheels, Recaro front buckets, and no back seats a rear bench is standard fit in Europe make up the rest, for a total saving of 114 pounds over the standard car.
That's a significant boost when it comes to power to weight ratio, and a big stride towards Mugen's goal of Civic Type R-beating performance. The manager of Mugen Euro assured us that the soon-to-arrive second iteration would be marginally softer. Carbon fibre bonnet and doors not only reduce the overall weight of the car but enhance the sporty look, while the eye-catching Brilliant Orange Metallic paint provides the finishing touch. This is solved by equipping the car with a rearview camera, which is connected to a small screen in the cockpit. That's partially to do with a redline pegged at 6500 rpm all the torque is lower down in the rev range and partly because the engine's development is ongoing and getting more potent all the time.
Although the electric motor provides only a small percentage of the total torque, it delivers its maximum almost instantaneously until around 1500 rpm. Chassis upgrades include revised suspension and brakes — Mugen adds a five-stage adjustable suspension setup, and 11. The steering is light but the turn-in is instant, as the car feels alert and reacts quickly to your inputs. Bolted onto the heavily revised frame is a full racing suspension, consisting of double wishbones and push-rod actuated dampers and springs. Reliability issues dropped the car down the order to 11th in the race. In the standard car, the torque drops away from this point on, but the supercharger is tuned to maintain and increase torque levels once the electric motor runs out of puff.