September 13, 2023

First look – New Mugen 2WD Buggy

Mugen Seiki’s new 1:10 2WD Buggy has broken cover at World Championship in Arizona, with the car’s designer and engineer Shin Adachi set to race a pre-production example of the car when the 2WD action gets underway tomorrow.  A hugely significant venture for Mugen, the yet unnamed 2WD buggy is the first from the Japanese company and has been 2-years in the making.  While there is no confirmed launch date for the kit, Adachi says he expects it to go on sale ‘soon’.  Officially a pre-production car, Adachi said the buggy is very close to what they will release with just potential for some very minor changes.  Joining Mugen in 2021, the 2WD is the first car Adachi has had sole responsibility for complete design and engineering of the project and said his design brief was to cater for the growing trend towards high traction tracks but added in testing on more ‘loose tracks’ the buggy ‘worked very well’.  Such is the occasion for Mugen Seiki, who have been a key player in the competitive 1:8 Offroad racing scene, offroad legend and face of the brand in the US Adam Drake arrived today at Hobby Action and will be on hand for the next three days of racing supporting Adachi.  With the unveiling of the 2WD, Mugen also confirmed it has a 4WD in the works with the design already complete.

Features of the car include easy front and rear sway bars.  It is also equipped with a front wing mount that has both a upper and lower mounting position with the same feature for the rear wing mount.  The front wing on the car is a Mugen product and with Mugen also offering their own bodyshell and rear win but as it is not yet in production Adachi is using JConcepts here.  The alu chassis has multiple holes so drivers can choose different flex options.  The shock mounting on the rear are adjustable in a inside or outside option, the buggy coming with 13mm shocks.  The ackerman can be changes with a choice of three inserts.  The front end mounting to the chassis is another area that Adachi has added the option for adjustment.  The front hubs offer multiple adjustability with the Adachi pointing out the pre product cars alu steering parts are optional and the kit will ship with plastic parts.  For the electrics there is a carbon mount plate with the option of a brass plate, a brass weight is also offered for under the battery.

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