During and after SEMA week each year, you're inundated with media coverage of the Nissans, Toyotas, Hondas, and more, but what you likely haven't seen coverage of is the Danza. No, not Tony Danza (Google it if you like corny, life-lesson littered sitcoms of the '80s), we're referring to ARK Performance's one-off build that simply goes by the name "Danza."
Building something to display at the SEMA Show while running a business is tough enough, but creating a one-off build from the frame up, along with that dreaded SEMA deadline looming overhead, sounds like the makings of the perfect ulcer. The group pulled it off though, making their way to Las Vegas and landing somewhere between the oversized Hyundai and Honda booths, which meant plenty of foot traffic throughout the week. To be honest, I didn't know anything about the car or even what it was, and only stumbled across it as I left the Honda section and headed to a meeting. An hour later, I returned to get a closer look and grab some pics.
At first glance, you might be getting a bit of an Audi/new NSX vibe, and that might partially be due to the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive configuration. Angular up front and bulky at the corners, the look is aggressive but with a dark paint finish, somewhat understated. To show off some of what they offer, ARK Performance forged wheels were installed and offer enough width to clear the 6-pot front, 4-pot rear custom brake setup and further confuse people as to what the car actually is.
With a vehicle this light, it doesn't take much to power it and have a good time doing so, but just for good measure, Sportcar Motion was brought in to not only build a K-series engine, but also install it. SCM started with a K24 block and added a set of JE Pistons and Brian Crower rods, while up top they opted for a K20 head stuffed with Supertech valvetrain components and Drag Cartel 2.2 cams. All of this helps to support the boost produced by a Rotrex supercharger and because I'm sure you're wondering, the transmission used is a Quaife sequential. To make it all work the way it's supposed to, Hondata K-Pro V4 is on duty but can only do its job if the wiring is right, and Rywire Motorsport Electronics' custom wiring harness makes sure of that. Other bits include the trunk-mounted intercooler system and an ARK Performance exhaust system that exits using dual exhaust tips in the center of the carbon fiber diffuser.
Using a car that causes a little bit of confusion while garnering plenty of "oohs" and "aaahs" during SEMA week is a great way to get your brand noticed, and in the case of ARK Performance, it worked perfectly.