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THE-LOWDOWN FEATURE CAR – HONDA INTEGRA DC2 TYPE-R

THE PLATFORM

 

Masterpiece.

It’s a word that shouldn’t be thrown around lightly, but with one glance at the striking yellow curves of Andrew’s Honda Integra Type-R, it’s the first word that springs to mind. Honda’s second car in their Type-R division; the DC2R platform has become revered within the car community, and it’s easy to see why.

Initially designed by Honda to go Group N racing, the Type-R was built with strengthened steel in vital areas and a focus on weight saving. Starting with thinner glass, reduced sound deadening, no cruise control or air conditioning, the Integra Type-R was light on its feet.

Combine these techniques with an engine that produced more horsepower per litre than a McLaren F1 at the time, and a cutting-edge double-wishbone suspension setup and you have a 1,125kg driving experience that many claim to be the best FWD vehicle ever produced.

The Integra Type-R inspired many enthusiasts like Andrew, but no two builds are the same, and thus Andrew took the successful D2CR platform and made it his own.

K-SWAP

 

Besides from the increasingly rare and iconic JDM front end, Andrew’s Type-R is suspiciously OEM from the outside. The OEM side skirts, rear pods, and front lip retain the Integra’s quintessential Japanese styling, but notice the J’s Racing Front Cooling Duct and you start to think this might be something special. It’s when you move into the engine bay that things start to get interesting.

Sure, the Type-R’s traditional 1.8L VTEC engine is no slouch, but Andrew wanted a combination of power, and something unique, and what better place to start than a K24A3 swapped motor.

Initially from Honda’s 03′-07′ Accord Euro range, the K24A-3 is a fan-favourite to swap into the Integra’s nimble frame. With most K-swap enthusiasts tossing up between a K20 and K24 motor, Andrew’s K24 choice grants him a larger 2.4L capacity and more torque than the K20 and a potential that far exceeds the limits of his Integra’s original 1.8L motor.

But Andrew’s K24 doesn’t just sit in an ordinary engine bay. Shaved, holes welded up, custom body-work on the strut towers and chassis rails, and a complete respray by Phat Paint Garage result in a stunning home for the new K24.

A 90’S RACECAR FOR THE ROAD, THE INTEGRA WAS DEVELOPED ON RACE CIRCUITS ALL OVER JAPAN.

Owner Spotlight

“Once a project has started, does it ever stop?”

 

Andrew didn’t just place a K24 in his Integra and call it a day. With an immobilizer built into the stock ECU to deter theft, Andrew went with a Hondata K-Pro V4 ECU to fully unlock the potential of his new motor.

This K24 is also blessed with Drag Cartel 2.2 Endurance Camshafts, providing rigidity at extended RPM ranges while reducing possible valve float. K-Tuned is also a brand name synonymous with the K-swap community, and Andrew’s Integra has its fair share of K-Tuned parts, from Big Tube Headers, Race-Spec Shifter Cables, and a Tucked Fuel System to name a few.

Peek inside the cockpit and you’re met with the absolute beauty which is K-Tuned’s Race-Spec Billet DC5 Shifter Rev2, paired with an OEM DC5R Aluminium shift knob to create a match made in heaven and an exquisite race-car feel to the interior.

The Integra also has an unmistakable stance, with a set of Original 90’s style Rays TE37’s (16×8+30) paired with Hardrace HS Spec Coilovers to accentuate the Integra’s iconic Japanese silhouette. Andrew’s Integra Type-R takes something brilliant and makes it unique and with DC2R’s becoming a rare sight in Australia.

OEM+ PERFECTION:

HONDA INTEGRA DC2 TYPE-R

Putting it all together

WHAT ELSE?

 

Like most enthusiasts, when asked if there was anything else planned for the build, Andrew responded with – Yes, once a project is started, does it ever stop?

With the K24A3 engine, Andrew’s Integra has a near-unlimited potential and he’s doing his part to keep the Honda community alive in Sydney by continuing to perfect his iconic Integra Type-R.

“INFLUENCED BY MY OWN INSPIRATION OF ALWAYS WANTING TO CARRY OUT MY OWN BUILD AND HAVING A UNIQUE VERSION OF MY CAR.”

 

Swapping an engine and building an Integra as refined as this one often comes with challenges, but for Andrew, supported by JR Performance and High-End Automotive in Arndell Park, his 4-month journey starting back in mid-2019 had ‘absolutely no hurdles’.

ROLLERS AND BEHIND THE SCENES.

Specifications

MODIFICATION LIST

 

A piece of iconic JDM history meets an expansive yet tasteful list of modifications to create a rolling work of art.

ENGINE

  • Facelift K24A3 Engine
  • Drag Cartel 2.2 Endurance Camshafts
  • Honda OEM 50 Degree VTC
  • Drag Cartel Exhaust Cam Gear
  • Drag Cartel VTC Strainer
  • ARP Head studs
  • 4Piston Ported Oil Pump
  • Supertech Valve Springs & Retainers
  • Supertech Valve Stem Seals
  • K-tuned Big Tube Headers
  • K-tuned Race Spec Shifter Cables
  • K-tuned Tucked Fuel System
  • ID 1000cc Injectors
  • Walbro 255 Fuel Pump
  • Karcepts P/S & A/C Delete
  • Black Hasport Engine Mounts
  • Tegiwa Full Size Radiator
  • Hybrid Racing Radiator Hoses
  • K-tuned Post Mount
  • Jap Spec EP3 LSD Gearbox
  • Toda Timing Chain
  • Toda Timing Chain Tensioner
  • HPT Lower Timing Chain Guide
  • RRC Intake Manifold Wiggins 3 Inch Intake Clamp
  • Custom 3 Inch Intake by PureFab
  • Rywire Tucked K-series Engine Harness + Charge Harness
  • Hondata K-Pro V4

INTERIOR

  • SR4 Red Recaro Seats
  • JDM 180km/h Type R Cluster
  • OEM DC5R Aluminium 6-speed Shift Knob
  • OEM Type R Floor Mats
  • K-Tuned Race-kSpec Billet DC5 Shifter Rev2

EXTERIOR

  • OEM Optional Side Skirts & Rear Pods
  • OEM Front Lip
  • JDM Front End
  • J’s Racing Front Cooling Duct

WHEELS / SUSPENSION

  • OG Rays Engineering Volk Racing TE37’s (16×8+30)
  • Hardrace HS Spec Coilovers
  • Hardrace Front & Rear Camber Arms
  • Hardrace Rear Toe Arms Hardrace Front Ball Joints
  • Hardrace Front Lower Control Arms
  • Full Hardrace Bush Kit Front + Rear
Hardrace HS Spec Coilovers
Black Hasport Engine Mounts
Facelift K24A3 Engine
Custom 3 Inch Intake by PureFab
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