We won't deny it. Our industry is a boy's world: Women are objectified, "what's grosser than gross?" jokes run rampant, and talk about getting laid is a necessity, not an option. Since we were kids, we've been conditioned to play with cars, look up girls' skirts, and play with G.I. Joe, not Barbie. Of course, this is a societal flaw that we'll leave to sociologists and bedwetting pro-feminists to explore. But it doesn't change the fact that we are, in other words, a bunch of jackasses. So when a woman starts crossing worlds and getting the underside of her fingernails dirty, we tend to take notice. Take Danica Patrick, Jonathan Wong, and this month's Final Call alumnus, Carol Mak, as examples.
Danica is taking over the IRL (and receiving unnecessary heat for it), Jonathan is beginning to hide her ovaries (see Project 2Fizzle in this issue), and Carol is a more certified tuner than perhaps 90 percent of our readers (and staffers - JN) with her '98 supercharged Honda Prelude. All of them done crossed the line and, damnit, good for them. So before we talk more about Carol's Prelude, let's get the essentials out of the way: 1. Jessica Alba has the nicest set of tiddies we've ever seen. 2. Jessica Alba looks hotter as a blonde than a brunette. 3. We'd give our left nuts to smell everything pink from Jessica Alba's body. Rawr! Now back to our regularly scheduled program.
Carol purchased her Prelude over five years ago. It was the first ride to validate her driver's license, and it was the car that motivated her to start modifying. "When I first got the Prelude, I started off small with rims and a body kit," explains Carol, "Then I really got into the scene and took it as a hobby that eventually turned into a passion." This process of transforming her Prelude into a show- and race-ready vehicle also led her to pursuing a degree in Engineering at Cal Poly Pomona (Please don't start stalking her. Leave that to experts like us).
The car was originally an automatic. The post-op tranny change to manual was owed to the addition of the Jackson Racing supercharger. Once Carol added the charger, she was faced with problems like finding a good EMS to work with the automatic ECU, so she contacted Speed Factory in La Puente, California, to help swap the girlie automatic out. The switch also paved the way for other mods like an ACT 6-puck clutch, JUN flywheel, and KAAZ 1.5-way LSD. All of which gets the H22 engine to transfer power correctly.
Under the hood, Carol added the Jackson Racing supercharger to provide power in the low end, helping the car run a dyno-proven 250 hp at 6,500 rpm. While the charger is streaming 9 lbs. of boost, a set of 550cc RC Engineering fuel injectors and an AEM fuel rail work on the fuel delivery. The gases formed from the combination of air and fuel is all directed to the Hytech full exhaust system, from headers to catalytic converter to the exhaust pipes. She even added some JDM soul to the powerplant with a Mugen fan switch, Cusco oil catch run, and some Mugen beautifying goodies. It's H22 mayhem at its finest.
Making sure the Prelude hits its marks on the road and track, Carol added a set of JIC FLT-A2 coilovers, lowering the front 1.75 inches and the rear 1.5 inches. She also used a 25mm Suspension Techniques front stabilizer bar and 27mm Progress rear stabilizer bar with adjustable endlinks to prevent the chassis from swaying. All of which work closely with the high-quality 17x7-inch Mugen MF10 mirror-face wheels, gift wrapped with rice-sticky Bridgestone S0-3 tires. To help stop the MF10s from rolling, a set of hybrid brake setups (NSX calipers with Spoon slotted rotors in the front and stock calipers with Rotora slotted rotors in the rear) use their clamping power to stop on the dime.
After all, Carol wouldn't want to see her Mugen (the real deal, not fake crap) body kit wrapped around a pole or anything. As beautiful as the engine bay is, the exterior styling is the first thing that catches your attention so it's important to keep it so fresh and so clean. Along with the Mugen body kit, Carol added a VIS rear wing, Spoon convex side mirrors, carbon fiber eyelids, and ARC canards. The one thing that you might not notice, however, is the carbon fiber moonroof plug. Carol pulled out the factory moonroof and plugged it with sweet carbon fiber-a subtle addition that will score points from the judges. That is, of course, if they haven't already given her points for the Bride coated interior. From the door inserts to the seats to the butt-freakin' upholstery, Carol made sure the interior was decked out in JDM. That's where you'll also spot the Takata 4-point harnesses, JDM Type-S gauge cluster, JDM "Prelude"-stamped doorsills, and Mugen FG360 with center pad steering wheel.
So before we sign off and give you another lame outroduction, let's point out that this Prelude didn't make it into Super Street because a woman owns it. The car is fantabulous by its own merit, and it's shame the majority of you can't step up like Carol. In fact, it's a shame none of the Super Street staff can step it up either. Now that we think about it, we all pretty much suck.
Top 5 Women
We've always had a thing for women athletes. For some reason, women who play sports or who are into the same things we are really turn us on. So we compiled a list of women in sports that we'd like to pork:
1. Amanda Beard, swimmer: Really hot and she does a pretty good breaststroke.
2. Lisa Kubo, drag racer: Just because she knows the difference between a clutch and brake pedal-unlike us.
3. Lisa Leslie, basketball player: The first woman to dunk and though she looks like an Afghan Hound, she can teach us how to dribble.
4. Greg Louganis, Olympic diver: She can somersault like nobody's business.
5. Serena Williams, tennis player: She has more muscles in her right arm than we do in our entire body.
Ride '98 Honda Prelude
Owner Carol Mak
Hometown Rowland Heights, California
Daily Grind 4th-year engineering major at Cal Poly Pomona
250hp @ 6,500rpm; 226 lb-ft of torque @ 4,000rpm
Under The Hood
Jackson Racing supercharger; RC 550cc fuel injectors; AEM fuel rail, power steering pulley; custom air intake; Hytech exhaust, catalytic converter, headers; MSD 6 BTM ignition, SS Blaster II coil; NGK spark plugs; Magnacore 8.5mm wires; JDM valve cover; C&R radiator; Mugen oil cap, socks, fan switch; Gemini carbon Kevlar wire cover; Samco blue radiator hosing; JDM hood insulator/fire retardant; 9 lb Motorvation JRSC stepper pulley; custom Mocal 19-row oil cooler setup; Hondata intake manifold gasket; Cusco oil catch can; Place Racing rear motor mount; Energy Suspension motor mount inserts; battery relocated to rear
Converted manual transmission; Kaaz 1.5-way LSD; ACT 6-puck clutch; JUN flywheel
JIC FLT-A2 coilovers; Suspension Techniques 25mm front stabilizer bar; Progress rear stabilizer bar with adjustable endlinks; Tanabe front and rear lower tie bar; Energy Suspension bushings
17x7 MF10 mirror-face wheels; Bridestone Potenza S0-3 215/45Y17 tires
NSX calipers with Spoon slotted rotors (front); stock calipers with Rotora slotted rotors (rear); Project Mu B-Force brake pads; Earl's HyperTrim Teflon and stainless steel brake lines
Mugen body kit; VIS carbon fiber rear wing, carbon fiber hood; Honda Access foglights; Audi OEM projectors; JDM side repeaters; Spoon convex blue side mirrors; carbon fiber eyelids; Gemini carbon fiber trunk; ARC canards
Inside Bride Zeta Neo II seats, upholstery, door inserts, tuning bolsters; custom carbon fiber armrests, dash; Autometer boost, air/fuel, oil pressure gauges; Mugen FG360 with center pad steering wheel, pedals; GREX/Trust shifter knob; Quantum window tint film; Takata 4-point harnesses; JDM Type S gauge cluster; Honda Access simulated carbon fiber trim; suede headliner; JDM "Prelude" door sills; Sony MEX-5DI head unit; A'PEXi RSM
Props James at Speed Factory; Oscar at Star Autohaus; Doug at Hondata; John at Hytech; Scott at Advanced Specialities; Mark at SP Engineering; everyone at Preludeonline.com; Shawn Church; Allen Hyunh; Paul Deang and family; Mike, Bryan, Phil, and Team Boneout
WWW jacksonracing.com; aempower.com; hytechexhaust.com; msdignition.com; napsusa.com; hondata.com; kingmotorsports.com; progressauto.com; mackinindustries.com; holley.com