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1997 Honda Del Sol Si - Street Level

This Creole Sol Brings The Heat!

Brian McGurk
Jun 18, 2010
Photographer: Henry Z. De Kuyper

William Davidson's 1997 Del Sol Si
LA's got a lot of Sol, and I'm not talking about the city of angels. This '97 Del Sol Si is coming straight out of Creole country, draped in good ol' southern flavor. Baton Rouge, LA-based Hybrid Racing has been turning wrenches and producing quality parts for nearly 10 years. "I really wanted an EG or EK, but when I saw this Del Sol, I knew it was a done deal. We were going to make it into a circuit car, cage it, build a motor, and race it. Plans changed though," said owner William Davidson. For those who aren't familiar with Hybrid Racing, they're a "function over form" group of guys who feel more comfortable in the pits than at a car show. However, when this Del Sol arrived, Davidson wanted to do something a little bit different than they're usual purpose-built track attacker. "We don't build show cars, so this car is as close as we'll get to one. It's meant to be a showcase for us and the parts that we produce. We wanted to make something a little more fun; something that we could cruise around with and take to local spots."

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The Del Sol arrived via flat bed, and within a day, had been completely stripped to bare metal. A fresh '95-spec JDM front end was ordered to replace the damaged original front end, and the car was quickly sent off to paint. "It was either going to be white or gray since we wanted the bay to be something different. We really wanted the body to be simple so it would direct attention to the bay." With the chassis at paint, Hybrid's resident mad scientist David Cordell got to work on the engine, tearing down the circuit car-sourced K20A2 and stuffing it with Wiseco pistons and Blueprint connecting rods, and polishing the OEM crank shaft. The head was treated to Skunk2 Stage II camshafts with matching Skunk2 Titanium retainers and valve springs before making its way back to the beefed up block. The hot side features a Skunk2 K-swap exhaust manifold, and the cold side is sporting a fully customized Kinsler 57mm individual throttle body setup. The unique injection isn't too common according to David. "Most street cars don't run this setup because they don't fit, and with the velocity stack's height, the hood doesn't close either. They required a ton of customization to work correctly, including moving sensors, shaving the water pump housing, stuff like that." This car was meant to show off Hybrid's skills, so a ton of time was put into hiding all the plumbing work under the ITBs. "It looks like a predator-the underside is wicked."

The Sol returned from the body shop two weeks later, and was now sporting widened front and rear fenders to fit 15x9 Diamond Racing Challenger wheels with a stretch-tastic +15 offset. "The size was a highly debated subject around the shop, but in the end, we went with them. I ordered them in raw steel and was going to chrome them, but after we went over the color scheme, I had them powdercoated in a semi-gloss black and got a set of 195s mounted." The new rolling stock straddle OEM GSR suspension components, and fill the wheel wells with a little help from Skunk2 Pro C coilovers and camber kits both front and rear. With just four days before the Sol was to scheduled to be on a trailer bound for Import Alliance, the Hybrid Racing crew went into overdrive, shaving and tucking almost everything in the bay. Once the motor cradle had been shaved and filled to their liking, William got on the phone. "I called Marc Fresh as soon as the Sol was ready; he was down at the shop within an hour and worked over 13 hours non-stop to finish the car. It came out great! All the graphics were hand painted or sprayed, then we laid like a gallon of clear coat on it to allow the texture of the work to carry through." Hybrid's crew worked nonstop for the next three days to get the car ready for IA. "It's really nuts. All the plumbing and wiring is run through and along the frame. If you look into the bay, you see absolutely nothing. Everything is hidden by the frame and exits at the radiator support, then is guided under and through stuff to where it belongs."

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With the bay dry and plumbing complete, the K20A2 was dropped in and secured using Hybrid's very own Billet K-swap mounts. A custom conversion harness by Hybrid got the K-pro connected to the free revving power plant and a custom Hybrid Racing radiator keeps the K-car cool. A Walbro 255lph fuel pump pushes the high octane juice through a one-off Hybrid Racing fuel rail and regulator, and to the Acura RDX 410cc injectors nestled in the Kinsler ITBs. Keeping the Diamond Racing wheels planted are matching Function 7 rear lower control arms and rear sub-frame brace linked with Progress anti-roll bars, front and rear. A Hybrid Racing bolt-in shifter helps the driver transfer the power down to custom Driveshaft Shop 2.9 axles.

Hybrid Racing's minimalism carried over to the interior, keeping only the necessities; Status Ring GT Kevlar buckets bolted to Buddy Club Seat rails and Racequip five-point harnesses. A Sparco 215 wheel paired with an NRG quick release keep the chuck-to-chuck crisp and a Custom Hybrid Racing shift knob is the cherry to the VTEC Sundae. The crew was exhausted after three long days of non-stop wrenching, but with 30 minutes to spare, the Sol was finally complete. "The car was finished Friday morning at 6:00am, just thirty minutes before we needed to have it on the trailer! We got the car up and running and checked it for any leaks, then rolled it out of the shop." The future of the Sol isn't certain, but with the reactions received at IA, it's obvious Hybrid Racing did exactly what they set out to do. "When we brought the car to IA there wasn't one person who didn't stop to take a close look at the car. Old people, young people, people who didn't even like cars; they all loved it. The Del Sol brought people together, and it appealed to the masses." Mission accomplished.

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
K20A2
K20A2 Polished Crankshaft
Kinsler Custom 57mm ITBs
Hybrid Racing K-swap engine mounts
Hybrid Racing Radiator
Hybrid Racing Radiator Hoses
Hybrid Racing bolt in shifter
Hybrid Racing fuel Rail
Hybrid Racing Custom Fuel Lines
Hybrid Racing FPR
Hybrid Racing Conversion harness
Hybrid Racing conversion clutch line
Hybrid Racing SS Bolt kit
Wiseco Pistons
BluePrint Connecting rods
NGK Iridium Spark plugs
Competition Stage 4 Clutch
Competition Flywheel
WaveTrac Differential
Driveshaft Shop Custom 2.9 axles
Skunk2 K swap header
Skunk2 Stage 2 Cams
Skunk2 valve springs
Skunk2 Titanium Retainers
Walbro 255lph fuel Pump
Acura RDX 410cc fuel injectors
Earls fuel filter
Hondata KPRO
Chasebays Mil Spec K series wiring harness
Karcepts AC/PS removal kit

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Stance
Skunk2 ProC Coilovers
Skunk2 camber kits
Function 7 Rear subframe brace
Function 7 rear lower control arms
Progress Anti-roll bars

Resistance
Hawk brake Pads
Motul RBF600 brake fluid
Goodridge SS brake lines

Rims & Rubber
Diamond Racing Challenger 15x9 +15 (FR W/3mm Spacer)
Nitto NT450 195/50-15
Project Kics Neo R40 Lugs

Exterior
Custom rolled and pulled fenders
Shaved engine bay
OEM JDM Del Sol front bumper
OEM JDM Del Sol one piece headlights
OEM JDM Del Sol fenders
OEM JDM Del Sol EG SiR front lip
OEM USDM Moldings
OEM USDM Window glass
OEM USDM Cowl
OEM USDM Side Skirts

Interior
Status Ring GT Kevlar buckets
Buddy Club Seat rails
Buddy Club sliders
OEM USDM black Carpet
Racequip 5 point harnesses
Sparco 215 steering wheel
NRG Quick Release
Hybrid Racing Shift knob
Custom Rear mounted battery

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Props
The wives & girlfriends, The Hybrid Family: William, Parker, David, Russell, Aaron, Laura & Tim, Loyal Hybrid supporters & customers, Lee & Tad at Driveshaft Shop, Skunk2, Function 7, Chase at ChaseBays, Everyone at Import Alliance

Owner Specs

Favorite Website
www.HybridRacing.com

Screen Name/Nickname
Hybrid Racing, TypeOne

Building Hondas For How Long
12 Years

Your Dream Car
Turbo K24 Ariel Atom

What's In Your IPOD/CD/MP3 Player Right Now
Lil Wayne & BB King

Greatest Movie Of All Time
The Wraith

Build Inspiration
Street Art, clean lines and good wheel fitment

Hybrid Racing in a Nutshell
You may not have heard of Hybrid Racing, but trust us, they've been doing this for a long time. The company started turning wrenches about ten years ago when owner William Davidson got tired of finding overpriced, poor quality parts that only worked half the time. William and his best friend (and Hybrid Racing mad scientist) David Cordell Started Hybrid Racing to fix all the problems they found in the tuning world. "We want to make parts and things that actually work. We wanted to make a place where people could get everything they needed for their project and enjoy it." Hybrid's apparently been doing something right. In an industry where just one year is considered a "good run," Hybrid Racing's been doing it for ten years now, and they're still growing. Don't take my word for it; William sums it up the best. "We want to make smart products, and make the experience better overall. That way people get to enjoy what they're getting and what they're doing."

Sources

Skunk2 Racing
Norco, CA 92860
951-808-9888
http://www.skunk2.com
Hybrid Racing
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225-932-9588
http://www.hybridracing.com
Diamond Racing
Clinton Township, MI 48035
596-792-6620
www.diamondracing.net
Project Kics
Santa Fe Springs, CA
http://www.mackinindustries.com
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