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Mugen Power for The FL5 Civic: Why now?

Mugen Power for The FL5 Civic: Why now?

Red Mugen FL5 Civic Type R shown on a white background

Mugen unveils its latest performance upgrades for the FL5 Civic Type R, embodying the essence of extreme racing prowess. Leveraging decades of motorsport expertise, the development is spearheaded by Tomoki Nojiri, renowned as one of Japan’s fastest drivers and a Honda Factory driver. Seemingly Mugen upgrades for the FL5 Civic are a response to the shortcomings on the track.

red civic with a single center exhaust and large wing on a black background

Aero enhancements redefine the Civic’s dynamics, with meticulously crafted components delivering a 25% increase in downforce compared to stock configurations. From the striking Front Under Spoiler to the sleek Side Garnish and Rear Under Spoiler, each element exudes performance-oriented design, accentuating the car’s racing heritage. The variable wing system, crafted through extensive Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis, ensures optimal aerodynamic efficiency while reducing weight.

Complementing the exterior upgrades are bespoke forged aluminum wheels, shedding 10kg (22lbs) in weight and enhancing overall rigidity. The inclusion of the “Performance Damper®,” a distortion system developed to decrease chassis vibration, signifies Mugen’s commitment to enhancing ride quality and stability. Inside, the focus shifts to weight reduction and sporty aesthetics, with options like the “MS-C” full bucket seats and carbon fiber accents elevating the driving experience. With further developments underway, including a sports exhaust system and LED taillights, Mugen continues to push the boundaries of performance and style for Honda enthusiasts.

Red civic type r on a white background

The integration of Mugen Power with Honda feels like a natural pairing, akin to peanut butter and jelly—a combination so obvious, it’s surprising it didn’t happen sooner. Yet, roughly three years since the FL5’s debut, the timing raises questions: is this upgrade too little, too late? Perhaps the decision to enhance came after the FL5’s performance on the racetrack revealed shortcomings, prompting Mugen’s response. While the upgrades focus primarily on an aero kit and interior enhancements, one wonders if the effort justifies the outcome.

Red Mugen FL5 Civic Type R shown on a white background

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