Record Smashing Integra Time Attack Build
Track-focused Integra smashed Spoon Civic’s SLB time by two-seconds.
When it comes to track racing, Integras hold a storied history. As such, you would think the Integra would be the car of choice in time attack, however this doesn’t seem like the case. When they do come out though, boy do they put on a challenge to those newer cars. Case in point, the K-Tuned Unlimited Front Wheel Drive class DC2 Integra Type R driven by James Houghton.
In a time of extreme aerodynamics, it’s actually rather refreshing to see a car like James’. Body-wise, there are no extreme front wings, the splitter isn’t the size of Nunavut (it’s the largest province by total area in Canada, where James is from), and not even a widebody kit that would make Kei Miura blush. Instead, it seems rather understated until you realize the aero is optimized under the car. He’s proven it well with first places finishes in seven of eight events last year. The only event he didn’t place first in 2016 was Super Lap Battle.
The engine of choice for James is the K24 built by Eric Lavigne at R-Division in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. It features a K-Tuned fuel rail, intake manifold made of 6061 billet aluminum, and 90mm throttle body. The rotating assembly is made of CP Pistons attached to Carrillo rods which are needed for the high-boost of the Jackson Racing Rotrex C38-91 supercharger. The head was worked by 4 Piston Racing with their Pro TSX porting while K-Tuned supplies the tubular exhaust manifold after the TSX cams allow the exhaust gasses to pass the Brian Crower sprung valves. Controlling the fuel and spark is a Hondata EFI with Racepak IQ3 Datalogging and tuned by Jeff Evans to 598-horsepower. To keep it full of oil, a Moroso oil pan is used increaseing oil capacity to seven liters.
Suspension is also done by K-Tuned with the K2 ProCircuit adjustable dampers front and rear with Swift 22kg/mm front and 18kg/mm rear springs. Interestingly, James’ Integra uses a MR2 electric power steering pump, though that is a step up from manual steering, which would be made even more difficult with the amount of downforce the car produces. The brakes are a prototype set of StopTech calipers and rotors with G-LOC R16 pads in the front with G-LOC R10 compound pads in the rear. The wheels are Enkei Wheels RPF1s in 18×10.5 +15 front and 17×9 +35 rear powder coated by Stripping Technologies with Pirelli P-Zero 285/645R18 front and 225/625R17 rear racing slick tires. To keep the power split and still putting it down in the correct tire, an OS Giken LSD is installed on the ring gear.
With performance more than proven, James Houghton could be seen as the ambassador of North American Integra performance for Time Attack. Seven wins in 2016, two-seconds faster than the Spoon Center-Drive Civic Type R, and only bested by fellow Canadian Will Au-Yeung in his Civic Si in Global Time Attack at Road Atlanta – he is the beacon that shines the light towards the right path for Integras in Time Attack here in North America. This DC2 Type R will be going at it against the fastest front wheel drives in the world at Super Lap Battle 2018 and with the changes so far, he’s poised to take the title from Au-Yeung. This could be the greatest rivalry in time attack and there is still a lot of fight left in this DC2.
Photos by Andy Perry of Ben Kaptured Media