With the race season over for the winter, it's time for racers to start building new setups. "Out with the old and in with the new," they say, right? So when our friend Jency from Do-It Dyno in Signal Hill, Calif., decided it was time to replace his jaw-dropping 700 wheel hp 2.0L GSR motor, we thought we should give it proper farewell, a Viking funeral fit for a legendary motor like this one. NX provided a "Gen-X" wet nitrous kit to make the beast's final dyno run a memorable one.
There is a vendetta wrinkle to this story, too. A few months back, a comment written by the publisher of a competing magazine caught my eye. In his column, he claimed to have "more horsepower in [his staff] parking lot than any of [his] competitors combined." He essentially proclaimed his team as the horsepower kings of the import magazine world. Personally, I don't think they "D-serve" that title (pun intended).
This was the plan: Take a motor that is already making 696 wheel hp, use the biggest jets the kit came with (.052 to be exact), and grab for the unit at about 7500rpm just to make sure we get a big power number whether or not the motor holds together.
Trust me, we had no intentions of keeping this motor together. The connecting rods in this setup were rated for about 100 wheel hp less than we were already making off the bottle. There is always a weakest link.
With more than 30 people there to witness the mayhem, the night turned into a huge event. A pool was even drawn to bet on the final power number, with side bets about whether the motor would hold, or which cylinder would throw a rod. Don't let the feds know, but we probably had a few hundred dollars up for grabs that night. (Do-it is a dyno shop; it's only an illegal gambling ring after hours, right Bubba?)
After a fun night full of everything that made us car guys in the first place, the motor threw a rod through the number 2 cylinder, but not before making an extraordinary 832.5 wheel hp and 529.5 lb-ft of torque.
Our "parking lot" may only contain an unprecedented N/A, pump gas, emissions passing, 311 wheel hp, 222 lb-ft DC5; a 312 wheel hp supercharged S2K; a 200-plus wheel hp Type-R EG; and an EK racecar that has anywhere from 150 to 450 wheel hp depending on the day. But we blow up an 800 wheel hp B-series for fun. Last time I checked, a certain sharp-tongued publisher wouldn't dare blow up his 5,000,000 hp Skyline in the name of a fun night and a story that is more pertinent (and entertaining) than bolting some obscure JDM intake manifold on an RB26 that none of his readers will ever have anyway.
While we believe wholeheartedly that it is unprofessional to rip on competitors in print, we are not the kind of people who will just stick our heads in the sand while shots are being fired at us. Honda Tuning is the most passionate, unadulterated, true-to-life magazine covering the scene today. The competition can, and will, keep saying otherwise. We'll continue to prove them wrong.
Nitrous Express sent us their GEN-X universal wet nitrous kit to bolt onto Jency's monster motor. The kit is ready to bolt on to just about any EFI car right out of the box. We used the largest jets included in the kit (about a 70 shot) for our purposes. Almost any car can handle this much nitrous oxide in stock form. With a turbo car, you can expect almost double the gains from a shot of nitrous than you would with an N/A car. That is why our 70 shot looked more like a 140 shot.
Clearly, it is not the nitrous' fault that the motor blew up. The power levels we obtained were simply too high for the bottom end to withstand. The motor's limit was about 800 wheel hp whether the extra power came from nitrous, more boost, or another source.
Why does fun always come with a big exclamation mark?
This is where I'm supposed to tell you that blowing up your motor on purpose is unsafe and a bad idea. Well, it is unsafe, but if you are brave/dumb/drunk/awesome enough to risk a rod through the face, it is a kick-ass time. Especially when you've got a crowd, bets, cameras, and a dyno to add to the fun.
In case you were wondering, 830-835 hp was the ONLY window that wasn't covered by anybody's bet. Since nobody won, Jency took the money for being a good sport. He deserved it; the winnings weren't even enough to buy another rod, let alone the sleeved block we put a hole in.
Jency, you're a hero for showing everybody such a good time at your expense. Bubba, thanks for letting us get your dyno dirty. I'm sure it won't be the last time.