Action: Mugen Circuit Challenge S2000

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Ever wonder what it would feel like to fly around Tsukuba, strapped into a Mugen built machine, driven by a former F1 driver and current Super GT driver?  If so, the Mugen Circuit Challenge at Tsukuba Circuit is the place you need to go.  Taka from JDM Clips sent these images over to help us get as close as we can to the action.  He has attended this event multiple times, and really has a feel for what a company like Mugen can achieve.  Perfectly matching power output with chassis limitations, Mugen can take performance to an entirely new level.  Having a reliable car equipped with parts that work in harmony with the chassis is ideal for maintaining control on track; and Mugen does just that.  Most people don’t realize just how much experience Mugen has in building cars and engines.  Click past the break for more on-track shots.

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Love to see the rear lift as the AP2 dives into a hard left…

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…and on the throttle again as it exits.

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You can see other cars on track along with the Mugen built ones.  While it is a Mugen sponsored event, that showcases their cars, it is open to other amateur drivers and cars as well.  Taka mentioned that there are actually two circuits at Tsukuba; the 2000 and the 1000.  The names correspond to the course length in meters.  Course 2000 is the one we all know from GT5, but 1000 is just as technical.

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These shots are mostly of the AP2, but Mugen also had their CTR present as well.

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Here they both are, taking a well needed break I would imagine.  It’s amazing how reliable the cars are after getting pounded on for hours on end.

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A nice overhead shot shows the technical side of the aero parts of the purpose built S2000.  Thanks for viewing and be sure to check out video of the event @ JDM Clips.

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