The insane details on this Mugen CR-X Pro shows how hard-core tuners can be

The level of detail on the best Japanese customs can be mind-blowing. Take Kenichi Iizuka’s Mugen CR-X Pro, for instance. The aero kit from the Honda specialists at Mugen is already a Bubble Era aftermarket classic, but it was much more than simple ground effects.

The kit was designed by race car aerodynamics expert Takuya Yura of Mooncraft, who has created the body work of everything from F1 cars to Honda’s JGTC touring cars like the Raybrig NSX and JACCS Accord. According to designer Ryu Asada, he was responsible for many Mugen kits of the era.

Ryu also notes a detail so subtle most people would overlook it. The step between the nose of the hood and the front bumper is shorter than stock. That’s great for aerodynamics and looks, and what any normal company would do is simply reduce the depth of the bumper. However, this is Bubble Era Japan we’re talking about, so instead Mugen actually lengthened the entire nose. The side markers on the Mugen kit are actually located about an inch forward from the wheel arch, in the process making the headlight wells appear deeper as well.

The Mugen bits also include a rear spoiler and B-pillars featuring pass-through vents, all designed with Mr. Yura’s expert experience with aerodynamics. Which brings us to Mr. Iizuka’s personal CR-X, which has appeared in Japanese magazines and the above video from UNA. Though he obviously has a passion for the Mugen CR-X Pro, it also happens that Iizuka-san’s hobby is building superb scale model kits.

As such, he is a big fan of Tamiya, which made the Ballade Mugen CR-X Pro in both 1:24 scale plastic model kit and 1:10 scale radio control car. Ryu points out that actual Mugen kit’s rear blister fender has a line where it attaches to the stock body, but the Tamiya bodies are molded without it. So what did Iizuka-san do? He smoothed out the flare to make it look more like the Tamiya.

Iizuka-san’s car also had a sunroof originally, but he swapped with a solid panel roof so he could add the optional pop-up vent that was on the Tamiya kit. Only the most hard core Tamiya fans would notice these changes and understand the purpose behind them, but that’s how insane a passionate owner can be (towards and already insane kit).

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5 Responses to The insane details on this Mugen CR-X Pro shows how hard-core tuners can be

  1. Nigel said:

    Very nice !!

  2. David Garcia said:

    That’s the best CRX ever in my opinion , I always wanted that Tamiya kit but they were always on backorder I’m a big RC fan.

  3. Incredible.

    Have to admit though that every time I see a white Mugen CR-X, I’m reminded of the Citroen BX 4TC.

    Please don’t @ me.

  4. This is incredible. Normally it’s the other way around and modelers modify the kit to match the original vehicle. I love the quirky idea and the execution.

    Thanks for the heads up on the nose extension. I’ve always wondered why the headlight sourround makes it look so much more aggresive than on the standard nose.

    Cheers from Germany
    Sebastian Motsch

    • nlpnt said:

      It would’ve been a lot less work to score the panel line on the model kit body and swap in the roof section from the stock Tamiya CRX which *does* have a sunroof. That’s the way I would’ve gone.

      That being said, if I owned my base ’86 Civic Hatchback at the same time as that Tamiya model I would’ve looked for a set of zenki 1500S alloys to match the one in the kit rather than trying to find a set of reasonably correct-looking steelies for the model. But again, a wheel upgrade’s a lot easier than *filling in a sunroof*.

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