Inte-Adieu – Spoon Acura RSX

13 Sep 2014 | Author: | Comments Off on Inte-Adieu – Spoon Acura RSX

Well, it’s official. The Integra Type R is truly and buried.

The Japan-only DC-5 has been put out of commission to make way for the Civic Type R, which has been shown in Prototype Aficionados of the Integra are still from the shock, as their modern coupe has been by what is best described as a up four-door family sedan. If seen the Japanese version of the Civic then you’ll what we’re talking

What most enthusiasts understand is why Honda would off the Integra name, at least for The DC-5 Type R, to anyone who has had the of driving one, is about as as a front engine, front-wheel-drive car ever get to motoring perfection. A of lightness, direct and precise and a phenomenally engineered motor it a joy to drive and fling around

It was, like the DC-2 it, a testament to Honda’s capability of focused driver’s cars. And is exactly why it lent itself well to racing, especially in the Super Taikyu series. And better way than to say goodbye to a legend than by taking a at this very special Type R, the yellow-and-blue machine Spoon raced in the ST4 class of the championship.

In the fast-paced world of one has to constantly stay on par with the This is why Spoon is dropping the Type R in favor of the new Civic R. The underlying mechanicals are the same: the engine remains, and most of the is a derivation of DC-5 components. at the Integra parked in the Spoon workshop in central Tokyo, one can admire its beauty and outright

Super Taikyu regulations, a of old N1 rules, dictate that the cars must be very to standard specifications. This that the engine cannot be in any way, only finely to extract that extra bit of All modifications are closely scrutinized.

For exhaust manifolds cannot be for better flowing items and design cannot be altered, improved. To extract that bit more performance from the powerful K20A, Spoon the engine apart and balances rotating component. A remapped ECU care of engine management the free-flowing Spoon exhaust in the performance department.

Power output rises to an 260 hp at 8,300 rpm, while 28 kgm of are developed at 6,000 rpm. Super Taikyu is an endurance series where the cars are put grueling races (300 km and including the only 24-hour in Japan, the cooling is allowed to be improved. To take advantage of rules, Spoon fitted a core racing radiator, an oil and a power steering cooler.

all help the engine stay and cool throughout even the races. Transmission modifications are only to an upgraded clutch and a LSD, in this case made by Spoon. Regulations on modification dictate that need to be fitted with a rollcage, and at this stage a dose of spot- and seam-welding is in for good measure.

Only the dashboard needs to be so Spoon binned every component not required on the racetrack. A carbon-Kevlar bucket seat and steering wheel were along with an LCD dash which keeps the driver with important engine and various parameters.

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Suspension is not allowed to be altered or modified, so all arms and joints need to be Harder bushings can be used as obviously, as a dedicated damper-spring Stock brake calipers to be used and the Spoon DC-5 is well-equipped from the factory a set of nice chunky four-pot calipers up front.

Other include high-friction brake stainless steel brake and ducting that directs as air as possible into the center of the As this car is sponsored by Advan, no surprise the Spoon DC-5 Advan Racing RS 17×8 with sticky 245/40/17 slicks. Suspension geometry can be to driver preference, and like all in the ST4 class (made up of only a great deal of negative is used to get the max out of the available grip.

As the exterior can be modified with panels, the Spoon car is fitted a very aggressive kit that’s designed to improve aerodynamics and with cooling. The front helps a lot with the latter as it air to the radiator via its large center The lateral intakes direct air to the while a small side feeds the airbox intake fresh air.

Carbon canards are added on the of the bumper to help increase downforce, but the biggest job in this is handled by the adjustable rear which features a bi-plane

There is no doubt the new Civic R will perform better the DC-5 Integra Type all, that’s what a is expected to do. But, will it win over as many fans as the did? We’re pretty it won’t. We’ll continue to that Honda will the good old Inte-Aru back.

We like to thank Ichishima-san of for his time and allowing us to bring you insight into what is set to one of many legendary Honda cars.

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