There’s something very special about track days. Show up to nearly any HPDE and you’ll see a slew of different vehicles, from Corvette’s to Civics, and everything in between. You’ll also see lots of seemingly different people, but there’s one thing that everyone at a track day has in common: the love of cars and going fast. Scott Yun is one of those guys who has fallen in love with driving on track, and he has chosen a slightly off-beat car in which to do it. Although FF Hondas are far from uncommon at track days, it’s not often you see a luxurious high-end Acura out there getting beat on by the owner. Most TL owners would cringe at the idea of scraping their aero or getting the car dirty after running four-off. But none of those silly fears will stop Scott — he only owns one car, and by golly, he’s going to track it.
“I originally planned on buying a Civic Si and modifying that,” Scott says. “However, my wife Christine was against that idea, because she knew that modifying cars could get very expensive. So we agreed on me purchasing my ’07 Acura TL Type-S on the premise that I wouldn’t mod it. Well, this didn’t last very long, since it turns out that this is the most modified car I’ve ever driven!”
Don’t be fooled by the modest outward appearance of this TL. Scott has chosen to stay clean and classy with the OEM A-Spec aero package and a noticeable but not over-the-top 40 percent tint job all around. The small amount of tint is mostly for function — to keep the interior cabin cool — and the fact that anything lower than 70 percent is illegal on the front windows in California makes this a wise choice. We’re glad the car isn’t “murdered out” and screaming for attention.
The wheel choice Scott has made is a great fit for his subtle yet performance-oriented theme. The 17x9-inch WedsSport SA-70 wheels aren’t a very common fitment, especially on a FF car. This makes Scott’s TL even more unique, claiming to be the only known TL in the states to sport this exact wheel. For tires, Scott has chosen a good true street tire, the Nitto NT05. With a nice balance of handling characteristics and a very reasonable tread-wear rating of 200, this is a very good choice for a daily driver that sees spirited track days on occasion. A Neuspeed Super Cup Race kit, a fairly rare item itself, completes the stance of the TL with a modest and functional drop; you won’t see Scott bottoming out left and right with this setup.
The performance modifications Scott has performed are all subtle, but with purpose. Since this is his only car, Scott doesn’t want to go too crazy and ruin the composed character his TL displays along his daily commute. One particularly cool piece on the car is the exhaust. “This exhaust was made by the founder of ATLP as a one-off exhaust for his own TL, but I was able to get it from him,” Scott brags. The note and appearance of this exhaust are exemplary, so much so that it could be mistaken for a factory performance item by an untrained observer (like Officer Jack), and that is a good thing around these parts. The car’s interior is subtle as well, with only a few tasteful mods and a fairly intensively upgraded stereo and electronics department.
We like Scott’s TL because it shows that you can have a practical, luxurious car and still have some real fun with it on the track. “Another thing unique about me and my car is that although my car is my DD, I track it as often as possible in its current form,” Scott says. “I love road racing, and I’ve never personally seen another TL at the track.” We hope to see Scott at as many track days as his schedule permits and look forward to seeing what else he has in store for the car in the future.
Specs & Details
'06 Acura TL
Engine Acura 3.2-liter SOHC V-6
Engine Modifications ATLP J-Pipe, race pipe & 1-off single tip exhaust; Comptech short shifter; AEM cold-air intake; P2R throttle body spacer; 4AE NRG engine torque damper; Innovative Mounts motor mounts; color-matched engine shrouds
Engine Management Stock
Drivetrain Shifter cable “zip-tie” mod; CorSport shifter cable bushings; RSX Shifter Base bushings; TechnaFit stainless steel clutch line; removed clutch slave cylinder check valve
Suspension Progress sway bar (r); Ingalls camber kit (f/r); Neuspeed Super Cup race kit
Interior Drop stop; Maven Mark One shift knob; Varad SL 210WH puddle lights; PIAA W2 Xtreme White reverse lights; 11 9-diode LEDs; KP Technologies Window roll-up module; Auto Meter S2000 A-pillar gauge pod; Sport Comp digital shift light gauge; JL Audio 10w6v2 sub; Uncald4 sub enclosure; DICE R4-Silverline Pro; Alpine PDX 1.600 amp, PDX 4.150 amp; Polk Audio DB 651s coaxial speakers, DB 6501 components, DB 351 center channel speaker; ’11 navigation DVD upgrade; rearview camera “On-Demand” switch
Exterior rolled fenders; cleared headlights; Type-S A-Spec aero kit; Nokya 9005 Hyper Yellow DRLs, H8 Hyper Yellow foglight bulbs; Hüper Optik ceramic 40 window tint; V-LEDs switchback LEDs & resistors
Wheels, Tires & Brakes WedsSport SA-70 wheels 17x9" +35mm (f/r); Nitto NT05 tires 255/40R17; RacingBrake ET500 brake pads (f/r), 2-piece slotted rotors (f), 1-piece slotted rotors (r); Motul RBF 600 brake fluid; Techna-Fit stainless brake lines; Project Kics R40 Neo Chrono extended lug nuts
Thanks To The AcuraZine.com community, especially Josh, Jaime, Tim & all the So Cal guys for helping me get my car to the way it is now; Mike at ATLP for the parts & assistance in installs; Satoshi & Eddie at Dynamic Autosports; Marcus at HeelToe Auto; of course, I can’t forget my wife, who allowed me to pursue my hobby
Why We Picked It
It’s not often that you see a car as clean and simple put to use on a racetrack. And although it might not be the ultimate in extreme high performance, the TL is pretty quick because of its high-output V-6. Also, Scott can kick back, crank up the tunes and hit cruise control on the way home after a long track day — that’s more than most of us can say with our project cars.