It’s not every day you see a legit JDM DC5 Honda Integra Type-R on American soil, but that’s exactly what KSport USA brought to this year’s Shootout. We saw this front-drive beast in action a few years ago at the ’09 Shootout with veteran hot shoe Brady Dohrmann behind the wheel, but having signed up for the event at the last-minute, how would Phil “Old Man” Robles fair behind the wheel of a car he’s unfamiliar with and hasn’t had a chance to dial in to his liking? Time to find out.
On the dyno, the KSport’s ERL-built K24 pumped out a respectable 423.5 whp — thanks to a Full-Race GT30 turbo kit and a healthy dose of boost — but looking back at the ’09 Shootout results reveals it has actually lost about 50 whp. That’s what two years of wear and tear can do to a motor, and it’s also possible KSport has dialed back the tune for added reliability and/or improved driveability. We would find out soon enough during the autocross and time attack events.
After posting a respectable time down the dragstrip (13.56 at 115 mph) on Friday night, driver Phil Robles tried to tame KSport’s FF beast around the autocross course and main road course. “The day started with an autocross at the West Track, which is not my forte,” Phil says. “I’ve run over cones a few times, but I prefer the road racing and time trial events. Gas on and off for 30 seconds just doesn’t really appeal to me — kinda like drag racing with a few tight turns thrown in!” Phil’s inexperience around an autocross course meant the KSport Integra finished last in the event, putting the team well behind the FWD lead dogs. With only the time attack left, KSport was going to need a smokin’ quick time around Firebird’s Main Course to make up some ground in the overall rankings. But it was not to be, with a lap time of 1:10.095 placing them at the back of the pack. As Robles put it, “We’re still developing the car, working out a few kinks, and eventually it’s going to be really fast. I don’t have a lot of seat time in the car yet, but the right-hand-drive DC5 Type-R took me back to my days in Japan where I became very familiar with driving in right-hand-drive cars, but not necessarily ones with 500 hp! During the timed events, the car performed flawlessly, but we did leave some time out on the track. More seat time, a few tweaks and watch out, you FF guys!”
'03 Honda Integra Type-R
Engine 2.4-liter K24A2 inline-4
Engine Modifications ERL long-block; Brian Crower valvetrain & camshafts; S2000 oil pump; Full Race GT3076r turbo kit; TiAL 60mm wastegate & BOV; RBC intake manifold; RC Engineering 1,000cc injectors; Walbro fuel pump; Thermal 3" exhaust; Accusump; Mocal oil cooler & oil thermostat; Hondata K-Pro w/ boost by gear option
Drivetrain Custom gear set; KAAZ LSD; Exedy twin-disc clutch; DSS axles
Suspension KSport GT Pro coilovers; rear camber kit; rear lower control arms; camber/caster plates
Wheels, Tires & Brakes 17x7.5" 5zigen GN+ wheels; Continental Gran-Am spec race tires; KSport 13” BBKs (f/r); brake bias controller
Interior Rollcage by UMS Tuning; Seibon carbon-Kevlar seats; Corbeau 5-point harness; Auto Meter Sport Comp boost, oil pressure & coolant temp gauges
Exterior AIT Racing front bumper, fenders, rear bumper, side skirts, carbon-fiber doors, carbon-fiber hatch & carbon-fiber hood; ARP rear wing
Sponsors Exedy; UMS Tuning; AIT Racing; Axis Wheels; 5zigen Wheels; KAAZ