Photos by Philip Aragones
Ah yes, the venerable Honda/Acura Integra DC2 Type R. How could a Honda collector be without one, when they say that “It has been highly acclaimed by motoring journalists world-wide, including Evo magazine, who named the Type R ‘the greatest front-wheel-drive performance car ever.’ and TheAutoChannel.com who also named it ‘the best handling front-wheel drive car ever.’?”
Today’s feature is a despicable DC2 Type R by Rex Tan, a guy who is no stranger to insane Honda builds. If he can stick a K20/K24 Frankenstein engine into an EG Hatchback, who knows what he can do to to a DC2 Type R? Well, with the help of Motul, Autocircuit, and H3 Autoworks, check out what he’s done to this despicable Integra Type R. Enjoy!
The Integra Type R is one of my personal favorite front-wheel-drive cars. Even during the days when the Mitsubishi Eclipse was the rage because of the original Fast and the Furious movie, I still loved the ITR more than the eclipse. Most specially the JDM-faced edition you see here. Though I loved the bug-eyed double round headlights, that the rest of the world got, it didn’t really looked Honda-ish.
These photos were shot during the recent Trans Sport Show. With wide body kits being the rage in car shows of late, and frankly, it’s quite refreshing to see something that hasn’t received that sort of treatment. Just a clean and functional race-oriented treatment, from the wheel and tire setup, to the front bumper with canards, side mirrors, side skirts, and rear wing. Everything flows together and integrates for that well-thought-of race car setup.
And with this car receiving the full race treatment, obviously Rex Tan wouldn’t settle for the stock 200PS that the factory B18 engine has to offer. As given away by the exhaust pipe that exits through the hood, this ain’t your ordinary ITR. And we’ve told you why we love side/hood exit exhausts previously. So you know why we think this is COOL. You AGREE?