November 26, 2022

Volker secures TQ for first ETS Indoor encounter

Fresh from his win ahead of Bruno Coelho and Christopher Krapp at the EWS International in the UK last weekend, Ronald Volker has carried that form on carpet into the first ETS Indoor encounter of the season by securing the overall TQ for Round 5 in Germany today.  The Mugen driver secured pole position from longest standing rival Marc Rheinard with both drivers enjoying two TQ runs each from the four qualifiers.  With Volker taking the opening round, this would prove to be the fastest round giving him the tie breaker.  Behind the two Germans, ETS Luxembourg winner Lucas Urbain will start the finals from 3rd ahead of the factory Yokomo pairing of Yannic Prumper and Krapp.

File Image: Ronald Volker [Facebook]

November 16, 2022

Mugen confirms Maifield’s exit from team

Another much anticipated switch up for the 2023 season, Mugen has confirmed that star driver Ryan Maifield joins Robert Batlle in leaving the manufacturer.  Officially posting the announcement on Facebook, it read, “Mugen Seiki Racing would like to make Ryan Maifield’s exit from the factory team official ahead of the 2023 season. Maifield joined Mugen Seiki Racing at the beginning of 2017 where he made history being the first racer to do the impossible by sweeping all three pro classes at The Dirt Nitro Challenge. Still being the only driver in history to sweep The Dirt Nitro Challenge, Maifield and Mugen Seiki did it again in 2021. Maifiled and Mugen Seiki’s success together includes multiple Silver State Nitro Challenge titles, winning both classes at the 2021 1/8th Fuel Nationals, winning every ROAR 1/8th Electric Buggy National Championship Maifield competed in during his time at Mugen Seiki, and multiple IFMAR World Championship finals including a podium finish. It’s been an honour to have worked with such a talented and committed racer like Maifield, and Mugen Seiki Racing wishes Ryan the best with his future endeavours.”

Source: Mugen Seiki Racing [Facebook]

November 15, 2022

Batlle confirms departure from Mugen

Former World Champion Robert Batlle has announced his much anticipated departure from Mugen, a combination that triumphed at the 2012 IFMAR 1:8 Buggy World Championships in Argentina.  The Spaniard’s announcement ends a lengthy and fruitful 12-year stint with the Japanese manufacturer.  Batlle made the announcement on his Facebook page in an open message to Mugen.

Read Batlle ‘Letter to Mugen’ here

October 3, 2022

Mugen MRX6X Optional Parts

Mugen Seiki has announced some new optional parts for their MRX6X 1:8 Onroad chassis with the release of new front springs and two rear lower mounts options. The new 1.9-6.5 Front Shock Springs improve the steering characteristics of the car on tracks with low grip. The new Rear Lower Shock Mounts are offered in both 7075 Aluminium and Carbon Fibre.  Both 0.5mm thicker than the kit standard 2.5mm mount, the carbon fibre version helps improve rear traction and crash resistance.  The aluminium version further increases rear traction further making it suited to tracks with low grip.

Source: Mugen Seiki []

September 9, 2022

“No pressure” as Volker carries Mugen hopes on ISTC World Championship debut

Ronald Volker says there is “no pressure” despite the German carrying the hopes of Mugen as they make their electric touring car World Championship debut in Italy next week. After a hugely successful run of seasons with Yokomo that finally culminated in him claiming the sport’s greatest prize in China in 2016, Volker believes he goes into the 11th running of ISTC Worlds “a better all round driver”. The years of the Umino and Ronald partnership at Yokomo were the envy of many. Ronald simply drove the car that was meticulously engineered & prepared by Yukijiro Umino.

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September 8, 2022

Mugen MBX8R aluminium clutch shoes

Mugen has released two new aluminium clutch shoe options for its MBX8R 1:8 Buggy’s standard 4 shoe-clutch.  The ‘Dot 1’ option engages the clutch a little faster than the kit standard E2718, but clutch slippage at high revs and high loads is reduced. With the ‘Dot 2’ version the point where the clutch connects is the same as the kit standard E2718, but the connection is a little slippery from the bottom to the top. By combining 3 types of aluminium clutch shoes, it becomes possible to respond to various track conditions and layouts.

Source: Mugen Seiki []

June 14, 2022

RC Maker MTC2 carbon upper bulkhead set

RC Maker introduce their brand new carbon upper bulkheads for the Mugen MTC2. These 2.5mm CNC Machined Upper Bulkheads allow more flex on the caster axis and provide improved traction for your MTC2 Chassis. 3 Different Versions provide different caster settings for all tuning options front and rear. Front Caster is a great tuning option to balance between high and low speed steering. Less caster provides more low speed steering for technical tracks, while more caster provides more high speed steering for fast, flowing tracks. Rear Caster on modern chassis’ defines the rear wheelbase. More rear caster shortens the wheelbase for smaller, more technical tracks where rotation from the rear is required. Less rear caster lengthens the wheelbase which provides support and stability for more open, high speed tracks where confidence in the rear is required to push. The plates use the original pill inserts and also feature the same thickness, leaving all geometry unchanged.

Source: RC Maker []