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FF Battle 6 - Photo Gallery

Front-drive fun boxes pile onto the dyno and Streets of Willow for the 2014 edition of the event

Oct 17, 2014
Photographers: Sean Russell, Jofel Tolosa

FF Battle 6 by Continental Tire Details:

  • Dyno Day Oct. 1 at Raceline USA | Track Day Oct. 2 at Streets of Willow Springs
  • Competitors outfitted in Continental ExtremeContact DW summer UHP tires
  • Jason Lee's Sportcar Motion turbo K-swapped Civic puts down 336hp
  • Lewis Liang's K-swapped Integra Type R nabs best lap: 1:27.963

    Streets of Willow Springs is a short but sweet circuit. Depending on the vehicle, rarely if ever do you reach for fourth gear. Once you get on the track, the fun is so infectious it's hard to quit. It's for these reasons of pound-for-pound, bang-for-the-buck excitement that Streets has become our go-to circuit for Super Street's annual FF Battle track day and competition presented by Continental Tire.

    Continental logo Photo 2/59   |   Continental Logo

    Now in its sixth iteration, FF Battle this year was less strict warfare and more lighthearted brinksmanship. Set over October 1 and 2, the format was unchanged from previous years, with invitees again first hitting the dyno and then heading out to the track for some time trials action. And again Conti set up all the street prepped, front engine, FWD vehicles with fresh rubber, bringing back its ExtremeContact DW tires for everyone to thrash on.

    Dyno day 11 Photo 3/59   |   Dyno Day 11

    From dozens of entries, the edit staff whittled the field down to 13, and from that we had a few more drop out due to technical reasons. As much as we would like to see other makes emerge from the tuner ranks for this event, the unavoidable truth is that Hondas continue to represent the greatest numbers and most prepared. We had Civics from the last five gens, three Integra Type R (ITR), and even a TSX among competitors.

    Track paddock Godspeed Project Civic Photo 7/59   |   Track Paddock Godspeed Project Civic

    October 1 we went back to Raceline USA in Temple City to have them dyno the cars on their DynoJet 224X chassis dynamometer. Each entrant received two pulls on the roller, and not unexpectedly the two forced induction Civics - Ken Suen's supercharged ninth gen. and Jason Lee's turbo fifth gen. - put down the most impressive figures, Suen netting 258 horsepower and Lee wringing out 336 ponies from his K-swapped machine.

    Track action EK Civic hatch Photo 11/59   |   Track Action EK Civic Hatch

    Leading the naturally aspirated pack was Lewis Liang in his ITR, which recorded a pull of 209.6 hp. Scott Dukeshire was not that far behind in his TSX, at 209.2hp, and then came Jaime Mendoza's CR-X, laying down 197.3hp.

    Dyno day 20 Photo 15/59   |   Dyno Day 20

    October 2 the FFB6 circus headed to Streets, where it was sunny and warm with only a slight breeze kicking up occasionally. Drivers were pushing to shave whatever they could from each succeeding orbit, with the circuit's tight, technical nature serving to equalize the field.

    Dyno day 08 Photo 19/59   |   Dyno Day 08

    Suen, in his late model, boosted Civic, had the third fastest lap of the event, clocking a 1:28.312, which was only a few tenths faster than Mendoza's CR-X (at 1:28.864) and slower than Kristian Wong's 2000 Civic (at 1:28.181). The fastest of the day, though, was Liang, who laid down a 1:27.963 - and he did it in the final hour of the day, just in the nick of time.

    Track paddock Integra Type R JDM front Photo 23/59   |   Track Paddock Integra Type R JDM Front

    And then there were the casualties of war - like Jason Lee, whose Sportcar Motion-built 1994 Civic had a connecting rod bust through the side of his K24 engine block, pretty early in the day, too. A similar fate befell the 2.0L K-series in Ryan Hoegner's Type R, now rocking a jagged window in the block that peers into the rotating assembly.

    Dyno day 06 Photo 27/59   |   Dyno Day 06

    In spite of the day-ending injury to his engine, Lee still managed to have the fifth-best time at the track, a 1:29. Suen's Si and Lewis Liang's ITR also impressed, but for our money no one was more exciting to watch than Kristian Wong; his Civic put down only 177.5 horsepower, but he still had the second fastest lap at 1:28.181, just a tenth or so away from Liang's leading 1:27.963.

    Dyno day 13 Photo 31/59   |   Dyno Day 13

    We had a blast at this year's FF Battle, and from the feedback it seems most if not all the competitors had lots of fun as well. A track day with friends, old and new, is probably a no brainer for good times, but we've been exceedingly fortunate to always run with a solid group of enthusiasts who don't take themselves too seriously but still go 110 percent when the time comes. Thanks goes out to them, our sponsors, and everyone else who helped make possible FFB6 - let's do this again next year!

    THE COMPETITION

    This year's field of FF fighters

    Dyno day 17 Photo 35/59   |   Dyno Day 17

      Lewis Liang
    • 2001 Acura Integra Type R
    • Power: 209.6hp (3rd)
    • Best Lap: 1:27.963 (1st)

      Track paddock beauty shot Photo 36/59   |   Track Paddock Beauty Shot

        Ken Suen
      • 2013 Honda Civic Si
      • Power: 258.4hp (2nd)
      • Best Lap: 1:28.312 (3rd)

        Track paddock Sportcar Motion turbo Civic Photo 37/59   |   Track Paddock Sportcar Motion Turbo Civic

          Jason Lee
        • 1994 Honda Civic
        • Power: 336.3hp (1st)
        • Best Lap: 1:29.613 (5th)

          Dyno day 10 Photo 38/59   |   Dyno Day 10

            Kristian Wong
          • 2000 Honda Civic CX
          • Power: 177.5hp (6th)
          • Best Lap: 1:28.181 (2nd)

            Track action CR X profile Photo 39/59   |   Track Action CR X Profile

              Jaime Mendoza
            • 1990 Honda CR-X HF
            • Power: 197.3hp (5th)
            • Best Lap: 1:28.864 (4th)

              Dyno day 22 Photo 40/59   |   Dyno Day 22

                Scott Dukeshire
              • 2006 Acura TSX
              • Power: 209.2hp (4th)
              • Best Lap: 1:31.454 (7th)

                Dyno day 07 Photo 41/59   |   Dyno Day 07

                  Yuta Akaishi
                • 1999 Honda Civic LX
                • Power: 155.2hp (9th)
                • Best Lap: 1:30.170 (6th)

                  Track action Integra Type R Hoegner Photo 42/59   |   Track Action Integra Type R Hoegner

                    Ryan Hoegner
                  • 1998 Acura Integra Type R
                  • Power: 176.1hp (7th)
                  • Best Lap: 1:32.106 (9th)

                    Dyno day 15 Photo 43/59   |   Dyno Day 15

                      Cody Chan
                    • 1998 Honda Civic CX hatchback
                    • Power: 105.3hp (10th)
                    • Best Lap: 1:34.258 (10th)

                      Track action three fastest Photo 44/59   |   Track Action Three Fastest
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