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2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2

This K24-Powered Type R Track Car Cuts Corners Like A Hattori Hanzo Original

Rik Daddy
Jun 10, 2020
Photographer: Rodrez

It's amazing how much things change over time. You know, like how gas used to be around $1 a gallon about a decade ago (Hell, we all know who we can thank for that mess). Or how about that import drag racing; not only did it have a huge following in the early to mid 90s, but that it was also one of the major factors in setting the sport compact scene off. Oh! Here's a big one that will trip you out. Remember when the B-series, at one point and time, was the engine swap of choice for Hondas and quite possibly the most modified import engine in the country, if not the world? Well, not so much anymore.

2001 Acura Integra Type R OEM Optional Rear Valence Photo 30/30   |   2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2

Sadly, the B-series engine will vaguely be remembered when the cyborgs take over in 2019. They've already began to slowly bow out of the picture, making room for the bigger and badder K-series over the past few years. Even a guy like Gil Salazar of El Cajon, California, who already had one of the premier Honda/Acura's with his 2001 Integra Type R, opted to swap out that B18C5 in favor of its big brother, the K24A1. But there's no way he could just leave it at that, considering that his newly acquired motor fell a little short in the horsepower (160hp), redline (6,500), and compression (9.6:1) departments. Those three figures aren't exactly what everyone has came to expect from Honda engines, and definitely aren't anything to sport a chub over. We're used to low torque engines with high horsepower that can rev to the brink of 10,000rpm without breaking a sweat. We guess somebody has to tell the muscle car meatheads that there is a replacement for displacement and Gil was determined to find it.

To kick things off, Gil had the K24 engine sent to Blueprint Racing in South El Monte to get completely torn down, balanced, blueprinted, and reassembled with a plethora of beefed up internal components. Everything from forged Wiseco pistons and Pro I-Beam connecting rods, down to a lightened OEM crankshaft were stuffed into the machined 2,354cc block. The top end wasn't left out; it awaited an equally extensive destiny of its own. The dudes at Blueprint Racing managed to work in a full port and polish job with their custom pro valve job for more flow, and reshaped combustion chambers before reconstructing the head with race valves, dual valve springs, titanium retainers, and Skunk2 cams. After slapping the two engine halves back together, Gil had a weapon that was more lethal than LeBron James on a fast break in the open court. However, Gil's bank account isn't loaded like the reigning MVP (and poor sport), Mr. LB23, yet he still managed to front the cash to have the majority of his parts special ordered or custom made. Not too easy in this dwindling economy. With the help of Hasport engine mounts and a Chasebays harness, the freshly-built K24 motor lined up perfectly in the engine bay without any clutter. Dare we say that it fits better than the B18C5 did from the factory? Sure, why not?

2001 Acura Integra Type R K24A1 Engine Photo 30/30   |   2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2

So why have all of this work done to what is already considered a relatively advanced motor? Was it simply to have bragging rights when he pins the Church Automotive Dynapacks? Not highly likely. However, he did manage to push out a naturally aspirated 265hp and 200lbs-ft to the wheels on just a partial tune. He had to rush and prepare the car for the FF Battle just a week away, but is aiming to hit 300hp and 215lbs-ft respectively when all is said and done. Did he build it to have a badass car to impress chicks? Possibly, but Gil swears he's happily married (though we've never heard of such a thing). From what he tells us, the sole purpose of the motor swap and engine build was because Gil wanted to dominate the competition at the track. Not the drag race track, though many of us have fond memories of the port-a-potties at Los Angeles County Raceway up in Palmtucky. This new engine was designed for the abusive life of road racing and its Falken RT-615 tires will more than likely never touch any public highways.

2001 Acura Integra Type R RE30 Wheel Photo 30/30   |   2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2

But doesn't it take more than a buff motor to compete in road races? Shoe betcha. That's why his suspension component list is longer than Shamwow Vince's rap sheet. With Tein N1 racing coilovers, a Mugen rear sway bar, Wicked Tuning front lower control arms, and a grip of other various braces and bars Gil better have a good dental plan because his chassis is stiffer than a 1990's Peter North hopped up on Viagra. More so than just trying to rattle his own wisdom teeth loose, Gil's elaborate suspension set up allows him to hug corners at the track and remain in full control of his vehicle. We feel sorry for whoever has to do his alignment. The interior of this once bone stock Type R has been damn near completely stripped out, minus the dash, in the hopes to shed any unnecessary weight. Think of it like a colon cleansing for your car, only a lot less disgusting and embarrassing. Safety-wise, Gil is surrounded by a custom six-point roll cage and strapped down with a Takata five-point racing harness, while he plops his torso into a Spoon Sport Kevlar bucket seat.

We'd like to think that we've all grown past the days of so-called racecars rolling around with primer paint, black steel wheels, no bumpers or hood, plexiglass windows duct taped down, and "All Throttle, No Bottle" written with shoe polish across the side. Though the grassroots look is somewhat compelling, that's not exactly easy on the eye. Thankfully, Gil's car was shipped off to Mobworks to re-spray his Type R in the glistening factory Nighthawk Black Pearl paint while adding on the Japanese front end and J's Racing aero parts for additional down force at the higher speeds bigger tracks require. Yeah, people have been doing the JDM Type R front end conversion for about a decade, but it still looks dope, and way cleaner than the regular bug eyes. In fact, because Gil didn't opt for a bulky body kit, from the outside you could barely tell that this was a full on racecar.

2001 Acura Integra Type R Nardi Steering Wheel 01 Photo 30/30   |   2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2

We could only imagine what was going on in Gil's mind when he decided to rip apart one of Hondas flagship cars, tear out its heart and soul, and attempt to resurrect it with vastly superior parts. Not to mention being patient during the two-year hiatus while all the work was being completed. Was it worth all of the money and time? Only Gil can answer that, but we have a fairly good idea on what he'll say. At least now, Gil will have some battle stories to tell his kids in the future. Better yet, a trophy to show them by winning the Unlimited FF Class at Super Lap Battle. That way, they'll know that "Circuit Hero" isn't just old pops' screen name. Hmm. He might have to get past those Hasport guys first.

2001 Acura Integra Type R Spoon Sports Front Lip Photo 30/30   |   2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2

Revenge Is A Dish Best Served With Chips and Salsa

Nestled somewhere deep in the southern tip of San Diego County is a city known as El Cajon where you'll find a World War II Museum, exquisite Mexican food, and a shop called Revenge Motorsports. Like many of us, owner John Mets (who may or may not still be rocking his Mohawk) got fed up with the bad service he got from so many shops when he was younger. Rather than sit around and bitch about it like the rest of us, John decided to take initiative and start up RMS. With over 10 years of experience, John has built a crew of technicians to handle pretty much any of your import automotive needs. OK, maybe some domestic ones too. Current projects are a JZA80 Supra, supercharged NSX, and S13 drift 240SX. Not too shabby of a lineup. It just goes to show that you don't always have to drop big money at a shop to get quality work.

Sources

BluePrint Racing
South El Monte, CA
626-575-8866
http://www.blueprintracing.com
C&R Racing
Indianapolis, IN
3172934100
http://www.crracing.com
Circuit Hero
San Diego, CA
858-874-2585
http://www.circuithero.com
Falken Tire
800-723-2553
http://www.falkentire.com
HASport Performance
Phoenix, AZ
602-470-0065
http://www.hasport.com
Hondata
Torrance, CA
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
M.O.B. Works
Orange, CA
714-633-9355
http://www.mobworks.com
Mackin Industries
Santa Fe Springs, CA
562-946-6820
http://www.mackinindustries.com
Pann Auto Performance
San Diego, CA
858-278-7266
http://www.pannauto.com
Revenge Motorsports
San Diego, CA
http://www.revengemotorsports.com
StopTech
Compton, CA
310-933-1100
http://www.stoptech.com
Wiseco Performance Products
Mentor, OH
800-321-1364
http://www.wiseco.com
By Rik Daddy
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2001 Acura Integra Type R - Kill Gil Vol. 1 & 2
Bolts & Washers
Propulsion: 2.4L K24A1 Hasport limited edition "black anodized" engine mount kit, WPC race treated OEM bearings, OEM K24 crank lightened 4lbs, balanced, and Teflon coated custom Blueprint Racing Wiseco pistons with Moly coated side skirts and 12.1:1 compression ratio, Blueprint Racing Pro I-Beam Rods w/Teflon coating, Modified K20A oil pump and cooler, Hytech baffled oil pan, Custom C&R full size radiator, Aluminum cooling Plate, Samco silicone hoses, CNC Pro-tool lower chain guard, Custom shaved and powder coated valve cover, Circuit Hero valve cover catch can breather, Spoon Sports kevlar spark plug wire cover, Skunk2 billet cams, JDM K20A PRB head w/Stage 3 C&C port, pro valve job, reshaped combustion chambers, Blueprint Racing 1mm O.S. flat faced race valves, Blueprint Racing dual valve springs, Blueprint Racing titanium valve spring retainers, Walbro high-flow fuel pump, RC 550cc injectors, Rcrew racing billet fuel rail, Custom Earl's black Kevlar lines and AN fittings, Product Engineering high-flow fuel filter, SX fuel pressure regulator, Custom Revenge Motorsports stainless steel intake w/Circuit Hero velocity Stack, K&N air filter, Custom RBC intake manifold, BDL 72mm billet throttle body, Rcrew IACV block off plate, Rcrew Racing 4-2-1 stainless steel exhaust manifold, Custom built Rcrew Racing 3-inch stainless steel exhaust, NGK Iridium spark plugs, RSX Type-S 6-speed with 5.01 CRV final drive, Buddy Club shift box, Rcrew shift plate adaptor, Exedy Hyper clutch and flywheel, Kaaz 1.5 way clutch-type LSD, JHP USA axles, Chasebays steel braided clutch line, Custom Chasebays Milspec engine harness, Chasebays ground kit, Buddy Club race battery, Circuit Hero battery stay, Hondata K-pro
Stance: Tein N1 aluminum full-body coilovers with pillo-ball mounts, 20k front and 24k rear springs, 24mm OEM Type R front and 26mm Mugen rear sway bars, Blox adjustable Spherical end links, Wicked tuning front lower control arms with spherical bearings, Blox Spherical trailing arm bushing, Skunk2 Pro Series Plus front upper control arms, Wicked Tuning rear upper control arms with spherical bearings, Carbing 3-point strut bar with MC brace, J's racing fender braces, Nexxt Miracle X strut bar, Spoon Sports rear lower tie bar, Mr. Alex rear trunk bar
Resistance: Stop-tech 2-piece slotted & oversized rotors, Hawk HP+ pads, StopTech 4-piston calipers, Motul Dot-4 brake fluid, StopTech stainless steel braided brake lines, Chasebays custom brake lines and fittings
Rims & Rubber: Volk RE30 Matte Black forged wheels 17x7.5 +50mm offset, H&R 10mm spacer, Falken Azenis RT615 tires 215/40 R17, ARP extended wheel studs, Rcrew lug nuts
Outside: J's Racing tow hooks, Original Nighthawk Black Pearl, JDM ITR front end, OEM optional side skirts and rear valence, J's Racing Type-T CFRP hood, J's Racing CFRP 3D GT-Wing, J's Racing CFRP carbon canards, J's Racing CFRP intake duct, Spoon Sports CFRP front lip spoiler, Vision Type-DC carbon mirrors
Inside: Spoon Sports Kevlar bucket seat, Takata 5-point harnesses, Schroth window net, Custom Chromoly 6-point Cage, Nardi Classis Deep-Dish suede steering wheel, Circuit Hero stainless steel shift knob, Mugen Sports pedal set, J's racing super low dual-locking seat rails, PasswordJDM floor brace, NRG slim hub and quick release, Custom kill switch, Aimsport Strada digital display and data logger, JDM ITR gauge cluster
Props: Ben @ Blueprint Racing, Dan Phan @ Rcrew Racing, John @ Revenge Motorsports, Albert @ N1 Concepts, Tony Shagday @ Skunk2, Matt @ ICBmotorsport, Bryce @ JHPUSA, Thomas and Taun @ Pann Auto, Todd, Ryan, and Shawn @ Church Automotive Testing, Esteban Gonzalez, John Nguyen (SuperTwinz), Justin Lim, Reza Yaghoubi, Rodrez, Tony Jackson, Katman, Marc Tran, Josh Solis, Jeffro Oleksow, Gilbert Corona, Will Salazar, My family, My wonderful wife Bobbi
Owner Specs
Favorite website: www.circuithero.com
Screen name or nickname: Guilotine/circuit hero
Building Hondas for how long: 9 years
Your dream car: NA2 NSX-R
Build inspiration: old school JGTC/N1 race cars
Whats playing in your iPod/CD/MP3 player right now: old school hip hop
Can't miss TV: The Ultimate Fighter
Favorite Movie: Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2

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