Friday, 28 October 2016 08:07

DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - NOVEMBER '16

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!

Published in General News

Prince William and his wife Kate Middleton recently had the opportunity to check out the home-grown mountune powered BAC Mono at the University of Manchester.  The latest Mono was being showcased at the university's National Graphene Institute and is the first car in the world to use graphene in its production process, featuring the lightweight material in the rear wheel arches. BAC claims that the graphene it uses is significantly lighter and stronger than carbon fiber and has 200 times the strength of steel.

While many carmakers source components from countries where labour is cheap, 95 per cent of the Mono's parts come from suppliers in the United Kingdom, including their 2.5L Duratec engine built by the Racing Team at mountune HQ in Essex, UK, which is fitted as standard to the BAC Mono. 

Prince William seemed more than impressed with the model, even slipping into the narrow cockpit for a photo opportunity.  According to BAC co-founder and director of product development Neill Briggs, “It was truly an honour to meet Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and a particular privilege to seat Prince William inside the Mono. We are incredibly proud to be British, and to meet members of the Royal Family was a surreal experience that just shows how far this company has come.” 

Published in Press Coverage

Olsbergs MSE driver Kevin Eriksson took the Germany RX win this month in his mountune powered Ford Fiesta ST, claiming his first every victory in the FIA World Rallycross Championship.  Starting on the second row of the grid in the 2016 final, Eriksson stunned his competitors as he pulled off an epic sideways move from the outside and managed to take the lead, which he retained for the rest of the race.

“I am speechless,” explained Eriksson, who has become the seventh different winner in World RX this year.  “I saw Petter lead off the start and planned to stay behind him but then I saw an opportunity to go on the outside and hoped for the best. Somehow it worked! I felt I had really good speed throughout the weekend and to beat these guys you need to be driving at your very best. This weekend, everything came together and we got the consistency I needed to take the win.” 

The Ford-based Duratec 4-cylinder turbo engines, designed and built by mountune utilising an Olsbergs MSE head casting, are constantly undergoing vigorous programs of testing and development to further improve the engines performance output and reliability, and have powered the Olsbergs drivers to the podium on numerous occasions claiming four manufacturers and drivers' championship titles between 2011-2014.


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Published in Motorsport
Thursday, 13 October 2016 16:03

MR265, what you need to know...

Building on the hugely popular Fiesta ST MR230 upgrade kit - which maximised the reliable and safe performance output of the 1.6-litre EcoBoost whilst retaining the standard turbocharger, the MR265 turns things up a few clicks on the performance dial!  The MR265 builds upon the hardware found in the MR230 upgrade and in addition adds; a new hybrid turbocharger, high-flow rear intake pipework, silicone hoses and a larger intercooler, all fully optimised by the MR265 calibration, which is installed via our mTune handset.

Maintaining the modular approach where possible, all previously released kit hardware is retained, with the exception of the intercooler. At these higher power and torque outputs, particularly under sustained use, our original intercooler could not match the performance of our full-height variant. Whilst peak power and torque figures may not be achieved - certainly in warmer climates and / or under sustained use, the MR265 upgrade will still be available to MP/MT215 and MR230 owners that have already purchased our original intercooler, at a reduced cost - check out the matrix below for the various MR265 pricing options.

So how does MR265 stack up against our Ford-endorsed MP215 upgrade and our smile-inducing MR230? Well, it packs an additional 50Nm of torque over MP215 and 30Nm above MR230, whilst power is 50PS up when compared to MP215 and 35PS over MR230. There's no doubting that the additional performance is hugely impressive; maintaining and combining impressive turbo response and silky-smooth drivability, with a relentless wall of torque that's mated in harmony with a top end that just wants to just keep revving! 

Complete MR265 hardware kit list:

• High-flow induction kit • High-flow primary induction hose • Uprated intercooler
• Sports cat / downpipe • Cat-back exhaust • High-flow charge pipe kit
• mTune handset with MR265 calibration • high-flow rear intake pipework and hoses • Hybrid MR265 turbocharger
• Camshaft timing tool (revised cam timing) • New turbo oil feed, gaskets, bolts and studs  

N.B. Prices do not include installation.


At the heart of the MR265 upgrade is the hybrid turbocharger which has been developed by the mountune engineering team and is produced for us by the team at Owen Developments.

The standard unit was at its maximum safe operating limit around 230PS so the turbo has been substantially re-worked to provide the uprated, reliable boost (see what we did there?) in performance required for MR265. Incorporated in the costs of all of the upgrade versions is also a new oil feed, required gaskets, studs and nuts, meaning the only thing the end-user requires is an oil and filter change - this must be performed after the new turbo has been installed and before the engine is run.

Once the final components arrive with us in stock, MR265 will be made immediately available (excluding the USA), so stay tuned to our social channels to be the first to know when you can take the next step in realising your Fiesta ST's full potential!

The rear high-flow intake pipework and our larger intercooler will also be made available to purchase separately.

Published in R&D
Tuesday, 04 October 2016 09:11

DESKTOP DOWNLOADS - OCTOBER '16

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!

Published in General News
Monday, 03 October 2016 14:16

Careers at mountune

Published in General News

This weekends penultimate BTCC round at Silverstone Circuit saw mountune powered Motorbase Performance take three podium wins and edge even closer to that championship title.

Race 1's frantic action on the track was nothing compared to the post-race drama, which saw the two MG drivers get disqualified for a technical infringement, resulting in mountune powered Andrew Jordan, who had crossed the line in 4th, now being handed the second place finish.

Action packed Race 2 saw Jordan on form again as he took the lead in lap eight, after starting in p2, and crossed the line with less than a 1 second lead. “It was hard work,” said Jordan. “I think I’ve done myself a bit of an injury celebrating! We needed that". Jordan's Race 1 & 2 podium finishes sees the 2013 Champion keep his aspirations for a second British Touring Car Championship drivers’ title alive, currently sitting in 6th position with 3 races left this season.

Another thrilling final Race saw Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson start in p3 thanks to a reverse grid draw with a P2 finish in the #7 mountune powered Focus. This result also keeps Mat's championship title dreams alive, now sitting just 21 points behind the leader in the Drivers Standings.

The mountune powered Subaru's also made points this weekend with Turkington & Plato now sitting in 7th & 8th respectively. With just one event and three highly-anticipated BTCC races remaining this season, Brands Hatch is set to be the most exciting race this year, with just 37 points separating the top seven drivers and 67 still on offer at the season finale in 2 weeks time.

Published in Motorsport
Friday, 16 September 2016 06:34

MOUNTUNE GETS READY TO ROCK

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!

Published in General News
Wednesday, 07 September 2016 10:53

100% Performance, 0% Finance

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. 

Published in General News

Another great weekend of BTCC action compliments of the Rockingham Speedway saw yet more podium finishes for the mountune powered teams, Motorbase Performance and Silversline Subaru BMR. 

After difficult qualifying conditions on Saturday, Jackson took the second place spot, with Plato and Turkington in 4th & 5th respectively for Race 1's grid line up at the famous Northampton race track. 

Race 1 saw Jackson start with a very good getaway, soon having to defend himself against the charging Subaru's.  However, Jackson, who has taken more wins than any other driver this season, was able to hold position finishing the race in 2nd place, with Plato taking the third spot. 

Race 2 saw a few collisions which included both Jackson's mountune powered Ford Focus & the #99 & #4 Subaru Levorg's, but Jordan battled to keep his position coming in 2.886 seconds after the race winner, taking 2nd place on the podium.

The final race of the day saw Colin Turkington making moves as he battled up to third before the second safety car was deployed to recover Scott's Subaru.  Turkington managed to maintain his position to take the last podium spot. 

With six races of the season still to run, we look forward to seeing the teams in action again at the penultimate round at Silverstone on 17th / 18th September. 

Published in Motorsport
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