Autosport 2017

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With the year barely underway, the mountune Racing team, together with thousands of industry professionals headed to the NEC in Birmingham for the annual pilgrimage to the Autosport International show. Located within the Engineering hall, the mountune stand exhibited a small selection of race-winning engines and high-performance components. As ever, the show proved a great success for the team who were kept busy discussing various new opportunities and updating our existing customers on our latest news and plans for 2017.



Further afield, mountune-powered race machinery was also easy to spot, like the eye-catching 2017 BTCC Team Shredded Wheat Focus ST and their recently announced driver lineup of Mat Jackson, Depper and Davenport. The covers also came off the newly announced RX2 support series, MRF’s single-seater was on display and the ever-impressive MONO was being exhibited by the BAC team… all of which being powered by mountune race engines.

YouTube celebrity and supercar enthusiast Tim Burton, rolled his Focus RS into the mountune workshop last week for its first upgrade. Known as Shmee150 to his millions of online fans, he was keen to see how mountune could upgrade his RS, and after weighing up the options offered, he decided on our warranted FPM375 Power Kit.

Camera in hand, Burton filmed and narrated as the induction kit, crossover duct, re-circulation valve and ECU calibration were fitted before taking it back out on the road, and the grin on his face during the drive summed it up. Describing the difference as “fascinating”, Burton said he could “feel that it's faster immediately”, before adding “You have more of that push back in the seat feel – and that is how you make a cool car, even cooler.”

Already a devotee of the 2016 Focus RS, Burton commented on the increased induction noise, quicker acceleration and improved torque since fitting the Ford approved mountune power upgrade kit, and with a selection of warranted performance parts also available, he considered his next move. “What more could you want?", he asked, “I‘m a big fan of the Focus RS, I love driving it, and now I feel like I love driving it even more,” he added in his video.

Burton was equally as impressed with his tour of mountune HQ – inspecting the engines being built by the racing team and admiring the red and gold Alan Mann Racing MK1 Escort. Spotting the GT40's in the workshop he commented that “you don’t realise how special those are”, and got excited for his incoming new generation Ford GT.

A drive in mountune's own Mk3 RS with the full M380 Power Upgrade Kit, Axle-Back Exhaust System and mountune wheels did even more to win him over. “It's like an addiction,” he says, giving the accelerator a little stab through a tunnel. “It’s a no-brainer really, to come down to mountune. A perfect car made even more perfect with the mountune kit.”

Blown away by the service in the mountune HQ Workshop, Shmee commented that the upgrades are “definitely worth doing”, and smiled in the knowledge that his drive back to London that day would be far more enjoyable after his mountune experience.

How long until Burton is back for the catalogue of additional warranted RS upgrades? Watch this space!

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.

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

For the 2016 season, the China Touring Car Championship saw various changes to the series format, including a new 2x 35km Race configuration, and mountune powered Changan Ford FRD Team also made some alterations to their championship campaign this year.
 


Completing in the Super Cup 2.0T class, progressing from the 1.6 category in 2015, the team signed British Driver Dan Wells who made history in 2016 as the first non-Chinese driver to race in the CTCC, competing in four of the eight meetings across the season, the maximum permitted for an international driver.

The Formula Racing Development owned manufacturers team saw great success this season with multiple pole positions, various individual podiums and several 1-2-3 finishes, and had done enough to take the 2016 Manufacturer's Title this weekend, before the final race in Shanghai Tianma circuit had even begun. 

 
Our mountune designed and built turbocharged EcoBoost engine powered all four of the Ford Focus 2.0T hatchbacks, upgraded from the saloon model of 2015, and contributed to the strong package that produced this winning results, that is car, team and driver.

Congratulations to the Changan Ford Racing team from all of us at mountune! 

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.” 

Kevin Eriksson’s wild Rallycross drift overtake

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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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SILVERSTONE 2-1-2 FOR MOUNTUNE POWERED MOTORBASE

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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.

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!

ROCKINGHAM UPS THE POINTS FOR MOUNTUNE POWERED TEAMS

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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. 

MOUNTUNE POWERED PODIUMS AT KNOCKHILL

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mountune powered BTCC teams have seen significant points increases in their 2016 campaigns following last weekends dramatic Knockhill round.

Race 1 saw Silverline Subaru BMR's Jason Plato start comfortably from pole position, keeping the lead to take the flag in his 500th BTCC race, which now elevates him into the top ten of this years championship. Teammate Colin Turkington finished just 1.003 behind taking third place on the podium. The second race of the day saw Plato take his second podium, this time in 3rd position.

Starting from pole position for the reversed top-six grid, Motorbase Performance's Mat Jackson defended his lead extremely well in Race 3 finishing in 1st place by just two-tenths of a second, making him the first four-time race winner this season. Plato made it a hat-trick of podium visits with his second third place finish.

With just three rounds left, the championship title is still very much up for grabs with both mountune powered Subaru and Ford teams in the running.

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