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DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - DECEMBER '16

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Brighten up your desktop or home screen by downloading our monthly mountune desktop calendar, only available via the blog.

You can view exclusive mountune photographs covering Focus, Fiesta, Mustang, BTCC cars, a selection of engine shots and lots more. New wallpapers will be published in time for the beginning of each month and if you like it, why not share the link on your social channels.

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Vaughn Gittin JR. Focus RS

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Unveiled in front of thousands of industry professionals and fans alike, Vaughn Gittin Jr.'s latest creation is as expected, wild to the eye, loud, and suitably equipped to destroy tyres in a matter of minutes... all with more than a little help from mountune!

It's fair to say that Vaughn's Focus RS is going to have a seriously tough life, spent largely at full-throttle and very, very sideways! To ensure the highest possible performance, Vaughn knew he needed quality upgrades that would both increase power output and maintain reliability, even in the toughest of scenarios.

Being the exclusive RTR EU parts distributor for Vaughn's Mustang range, the mountune suite of Focus RS upgrades ticked all of the boxes, making mountune his obvious choice.

Vaughn's Focus RS is equipped with:

High-performance intercooler
Charge pipe upgrade kit
High-flow induction kit
Stage 1 transmission upgrade kit (including Quaife ATB)
Uprated roll-restrictor
Braided brake line kit

To make sure everything was working well - even when sideways, we thought what better way than to strap one of the team in next to Vaughn and let him do his thing in the Ford Out Front arena at SEMA 2016.


The victim (our Marketing Manager Rhi), jumped at the chance for some sideways product testing - if you want to see what she saw, or just see Vaughn in action, check out the video below.

DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - NOVEMBER '16

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Brighten up your desktop or home screen by downloading our monthly mountune desktop calendar, only available via the blog.

You can view exclusive mountune photographs covering Focus, Fiesta, Mustang, BTCC cars, a selection of engine shots and lots more. New wallpapers will be published in time for the beginning of each month and if you like it, why not share the link on your social channels.

Want your free desktop? Hit here to download a high-res copy - Enjoy!

DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - OCTOBER '16

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Brighten up your desktop or home screen by downloading our monthly mountune desktop calendar, only available via the blog.

You can view exclusive mountune photographs covering Focus, Fiesta, Mustang, BTCC cars, a selection of engine shots and lots more. New wallpapers will be published in time for the beginning of each month and if you like it, why not share the link on your social channels.

Want your free desktop? Hit here to download a high-res copy - Enjoy!

MOUNTUNE GETS READY TO ROCK

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After months of talking and planning with Monster Energy athlete Vaughn Gittin Jr. and his team we're pleased to announce that mountune have been appointed the Exclusive European Distributor of RTR parts.

The RTR line of 2015/16 Mustang products includes a complete bodywork makeover, combining aggressive motorsport-inspired looks with a quality fit and finish that every Mustang enthusiast is sure to appreciate.  The stunning Tech7 19" or 20" alloys, together with the RTR spring kit are a visual combination hard to resist; improving handling and aesthetics by equally generous measure, whilst the RTR axle-back exhaust gives either the EcoBoost or V8-powered 'Stang the soundtrack it deserves!
 

In addition, complete Spec 1 or Spec 2 vehicle kits will also be available and include everything to transform the exterior, interior and chassis of your Mustang - including exclusive RTR badging and a Vaughn Gittin Jr. signed interior dash plate. 

All RTR 2015/16 Mustang components will be available to order via the mountune dealer network, or directly online from October 2016 - a full fitting service is also available at mountune's HQ in Essex.

mountune's 2.3-litre EcoBoost Mustang has already been upgraded to a full Spec 1 car, the first in the UK and features an extensive list of RTR body and chassis parts; combined with the recently released mountune M335 power upgrade kit, this Mustang is definitely Ready To Rock!

100% Performance, 0% Finance

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Psstt, did you know that you can now order any mountune products, via the online store or through our UK HQ's workshop and pay using a finance plan?

As long as you're in the UK, you could get any item over £500 on an interest free plan spreading the cost over 6-months or 24-months*, with or without a deposit, and can also include fitting at our Essex HQ.

Simply choose to pay via Divido at the Payment Options page when checking out at www.mountunestore.com, where you'll also see your monthly breakdown costs, or call our workshop to place your order. 

mountune performance parts for less than a tank of fuel every month?  Win. 

*6-months option at 0% APR representative - 24-months option at 12.9% APR representative. 

DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - SEP '16

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Brighten up your desktop or home screen by downloading our monthly mountune desktop calendar, only available via the blog.

You can view exclusive mountune photographs covering Focus, Fiesta, Mustang, BTCC cars, a selection of engine shots and lots more. New wallpapers will be published in time for the beginning of each month and if you like it, why not share the link on your social channels.

Want your free desktop? Hit here to download a high-res copy - Enjoy!

Focus RS Phase 3 - Now Available!

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The concluding chapter in our three-phase performance parts Focus RS launch has been unveiled this week featuring not one, but two power upgrade kits. A fully Ford-backed FPM375 developed together with Ford Performance, and a mountune M380 version that further increases power and torque and that includes an mTune handset offering multiple new features.

The M380 upgrade uses the induction kit and re-circ valve utilised as part of the Ford-endorsed FPM375 upgrade and in addition includes a Sound Suppression Chamber and an mTune handset, with a retail of £1050 inc. VAT.

Once installed, power is increased to 380PS with 530Nm available from 3250rpm; enough to reduce the 0-62mph time to just 4.4secs!

The M380 kit is applied using an mTune handset which also incorporates additional calibrations and benefits above the standard mTune feature list:

• M380 - mountune M380 calibration
• M380 + EXH - mountune M380 calibration with optimised exhaust tuning for the mountune axle-back exhaust
• M380 + EXH TRACK - Same as above but aimed at track day users with pops and bangs removed to avoid excessive noise.
• M380 + TRACK - mountune M380 calibration with no pops for use with a standard exhaust on track to avoid excessive noise.
• Anti-theft mode - an additional layer of security that once enabled prevents the engine from starting.
• Standard base calibration.

As with all mTune, upto 6 gauges are also available to monitor OBD channels together with data-logging, performance meters for testing 0-60mph and 1/4mile times and fault-code reading.

M380 supports all EU Focus RS and is available now online at the mountune online store and from selected mountune dealers.

An RS M380 mTune-only option will be available for customers that have already purchased the required hardware, priced at £595 inc. VAT.


As well as the power kits, Phase 3 also included a lightweight axle-back exhaust saving over 3kg compared to the OE rear section. In addition, both the correct valve and motor are also supplied so there's no need to remove or swap across parts from the OE exhaust. CAD-designed and optimised, the axle back drops back-pressure - improving performance, brings your RS alive with the soundtrack it deserves and can be further optimised with the use of the exhaust calibration option on the M380 mTune handset.

A lightweight centre-section and sports cat downpipe are both in development to complement the axle-back exhaust.

As with all mountune products, these parts have been extensively tested at the Nürburgring, on dyno and proven over tens of thousands of road miles across multiple development vehicles to ensure perfect fitment, function and reliability.  


Our updated Focus RS catalogue detailing our full range of power, transmission, interior and exterior upgrades is also now online, just click the image above to view it and if you missed it, why not check out part 1 of our Phase 3 video instalment below:



Part 2 of this video contains a lot of sideways tyre smoking action so be sure to keep your eyes peeled for that... plus, we've got plenty more lined up for Focus RS owners over the coming months, in fact, you could say we're still only just getting started!

mountune powers Cook's WRC return

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We’re used to turning engines round quickly at mountune Racing - motorsport’s notorious for tight deadlines after all, but hearing the plight of rally-ace Louise Cook, we knew we’d have our work cut out on this one!

The call went something along these lines; “I need your help, my engine’s misfiring and cutting out, we’ve checked it and it’s got 3.2mm of end float and I’m supposed to be on a ferry to WRC Finland on Wednesday!”

Alarmingly, 3.2mm of end float was about 3mm too much, suggesting there was going to be a bit of a mess waiting for us in the bottom end… oh, and this was Thursday, so we literally had a day to identify what had failed, what had caused it and, to give Louise something back she could still make the rally with… nothing like a deadline to focus the mind.

Louise is competing in an R2 Fiesta which uses a 1.6-litre Sigma Ti-VCT, fitted with the homologated upgrades from MSport, comprising largely of steel rods, forged pistons and wilder camshafts.

On arrival Thursday night, the sump was removed from Louise’s engine and as expected, the thrust washer had disintegrated with a section of the crankshaft effectively acting as a bearing – the result? A swarf-filled mess.

As luck would have it, we had a brand new standard Sigma engine sat in our stores so a plan was hatched overnight to retain the head from the original engine and rebuild the rest into the new bottom end.

Friday began in a bit of a blur as two of our highly-skilled engine builders stripped the original engine, cleaned all the carryover components through a multi-stage cleaning process and then with everything prepared, the rebuild could begin.

Putting engines together is second-nature, so the build itself went off without any major issues and by mid-afternoon we were in a position to call Louise with the good news, “Your new engine’s ready if you want to come and pick it up?”

After realising her dream to get to WRC Finland was still well and truly alive, we were promptly joined by a beaming Louise and Stefan (her co-driver), armed with a transit van and an obvious sense of urgency.

The guys spent the weekend getting the engine fitted back in the car together with a host of other new transmission parts (collected in person as far afield as Belgium), which left them with just a day to fire it back up and run it in before heading to Finland.

We’re pleased to say they made it after putting in numerous all-nighters and at the time of writing this, Louise and Stefan are about to return to professional rallying for the first time since winning her class in 2012!

Good luck from all of us at mountune.

mountune – keeping dreams alive, since 1980.

DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - JULY '16

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Brighten up your desktop or home screen by downloading our monthly mountune desktop calendar, only available via the blog.

You can view exclusive mountune photographs covering Focus, Fiesta, Mustang, BTCC cars, a selection of engine shots and lots more. New wallpapers will be published in time for the beginning of each month and if you like it, why not share the link on your social channels.

Want your free desktop? Hit here to download a high-res copy - Enjoy!

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