DC5 Integra Type-R Rockets Around Tsukuba Circuit
DC5 Integra Type-R makes up for lack of power with impressive aerodynamic package.
The video above comes to us from the Attack Official Days YouTube channel and it features an Integra DC5-R participating in the Attack 2018 Tsukuba Championship sponsored by Sunoco. The DC5 doesn’t get as much respect as the earlier Integra and Civic models, but as this video shows, a purpose-built race car based on the DC5 gets around a road course with the best of them.
The car in the video above was marketed as the Honda Integra in Japan, but in the United States, the DC5 was called the Acura RSX. The RSX was a popular model, but it never quite achieved the level of high performance respect that the Acura Integra did. One of the reasons for that lack of high performance street cred comes from the fact that the mighty Type-R was not offered in the US, but Japanese buyers could get the highest performance version of the DC5.
In Japan, the Honda Integra Type-R came with 217 horsepower, so it was only slightly more powerful than the American RSX Type-S, but it also came with a close ratio 6-speed manual transmission, a helical limited slip differential, four-piston Brembo front brakes and unique interior appointments. As a result, it was quicker, lighter and handled better in Type-R form.
DC5 Race Car
The car in the video above is based on the Honda Integra, but it is clearly purpose-built for racing dominance. It has 300 metric horsepower, while the production version of the Type-R in Japan had “only” 220 metric horsepower. It also has elaborate aerodynamic upgrades, a 900 kilogram (1,980 pound) curb weight, and a set of Yokohama Advan A050 tires, allowing it to get around the track in a hurry.
To be exact, the driver gets around the Tsukuba Circuit in 58.226 seconds and it sounds great in the process, so crank up your speakers and enjoy!