Mugen to build sportscar engine

Former Grand Prix engine-builder Mugen will make the move into sportscar racing after it announced its plans to build a powerplant in time for an assault on the 2002 Le Mans 24 Hours

Mugen to build sportscar engine

The Japanese outfit, which supplied semi-works Honda-based V10 units to the Jordan Formula 1 team last year and has competed in Formula 3, Japanese Formula Nippon and Japanese Touring Cars, aims to test its sportscar engine this autumn, ready for competition in 2002.

The 4-litre V8 unit is designed for both 24 hour endurance racing and sprint racing and the company is bullish about its chances.

"When Mugen enters a new category of racing, we win," said a spokesperson. "Our aim is the same in sportscar racing."

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