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Project Integra returns to FF Battle!

Project Integra returns to FF Battle!

By Brian Gillespie

 

Carter’s Project 1993 Integra made a return to Super Street’s FF Battle 8 Presented by Continental Tire held at Willow Springs Raceway on the Streets of Willow track. If you remember, last year project Integra finished last at the 2015 FF Battle. Carter had dreams of taking car from “worst to first” this time around so we made some big modifications to the car.  We even invited Oscar Jackson, fresh from a win at SCCA Nationals in the T4 class, to pilot the car and give us our best shot at victory.

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Here are the things we changed.

  1. Hush Performance DA 3 piece wide front end
  2. Konig Milligram 18 x 10 front and 18 x 8.5 rear wheels
  3. Continental tires 285/30ZR18 tires up front and 245/40ZR18
  4. Larger Fastbrakes front brake kit with steel braided brake lines
  5. E85 conversion with Walbro fuel pump and K-Tuned Fuel lines
  6. Custom cold air intake with Vibrant bell mouth velocity stack
  7. SPC Performance rear lower, upper control arms and toe links and adjustable upper ball joint
  8. Karcepts 36mm swap hubs (PN KWH08) with 5 lug option and Integra Type R rear trailing arms
  9. Hasport DAK Axles with 36mm outer joints

On the Track

The modifications didn’t help as much as we thought though, Continental Tire changed the tire this year and because it was new, didn’t have all the sizes available. The Integra wound up with a much taller front tire than we had tested with and it rubbed everywhere in the front end. To further aggravate the rubbing, we also underestimated the grip we would have with the front end and were severely under sprung. If you watch the video below, you can see smoke pouring off the left side on the long right-hand uphill sweeper at Streets of Willow.

We now have a list of improvements for next years FF Battle. Stiffer springs, a better sized tire choice and a lot more testing.

The results

In spite of the difficulties, we still managed to finish 3rd this time around. A little short of our goal of finishing first.

Reading the official results at superstreetonline.com strangely, Carter’s car is listed as an invited guest and not an official entry. It also states that the car wasn’t legal per the rules. We pride ourselves here at VTEC Academy as rule abiding competitors. Strangely the winning car was wasn’t actually legal by the rules mandated in the entry and the second place car of Ken Suen’s was also made illegal by Ken as he stripped some necessary interior parts out of his car in an effort lighten the car to beat the time set by Carter’s Integra.

We didn’t protest at the time due to the fact that many of the cars lacked the parts necessary to make them legal according to the mandated rules and it didn’t seem they were interested in enforcing the rules. But if you look at the cars that actually fell within the rule set, then Carter’s Integra really did go from worst to first! Congratulations Carter!

 

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That’s exactly what you’ll find at VTEC Academy. Not because some of the other automakers’ cars that inherently drain the life out of the driving experience bore us, but because Soichiro Honda’s passion for motorsports and his company’s ability to express that in the machines they produce make a whole lot of sense.

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Brian Gillespie
Technical Editor at VTEC Academy
Brian Gillespie fell in love with the Honda brand in 1974 when he owned and raced a CR 125 Honda Elsinore. Many Hondas later he started Hasport Performance with his brother Keith. The last 17 years have been spent developing all sorts of engine mount kits, paving the way for nearly every Honda engine swap that's since taken place.