This Acura Integra uses an 8.2L twin-turbo V8 from a Cadillac
The Honda Integra - or Acura Integra as it’s known in some parts of the world - is widely regarded as one of the most finely balanced front wheel drive cars in history, particularly in Type-R guise. It’s also a favourite for tuners wishing to exploit the hidden potential locked away within the car. If however you have an Integra and you decided to look upon it one day with a spanner in hand, take my advice: for the love of God, don’t do this to it...
While this may look like a fairly ordinary Integra from the outside, inside beats the heart of a Dragon - albeit, one with emphysema. For instead of the standard car’s rev-tastic little VTEC engine, this Integra has an 8.2L V8 from a 1970’s Cadillac Eldorado.
If you’re currently looking at the front of this car questioning whether it would accommodate such an enormous lump, give yourself a cookie. The engine in fact sits directly behind the seats, with the fuel tank situated up front. Due to the fact that there’s no firewall, the inhabitants of this car can expect to be treated to a dollop of heat stroke and a dash of tinnitus during their journey - not to mention the confusion they’ll feel upon looking in the rear view mirror to see a couple of snail shells that shouldn’t be there. That’s because, if the 8.2L engine itself wasn’t enough, two 65mm turbochargers have been bolted on.
The owner of this car has omitted to disclose the power figure. The standard Cadillac V8 produces 400bhp, but with a pair of turbochargers, I estimate that number now sits upwards of a million horsepower (!) A couple of intercoolers and a giant fan are used to keep everything cool, starving the deaf, sweaty occupants of oxygen in the process. Given that the Eldorado it came out of was a front wheel drive car, and the madman who built this car felt it would be wise to convert the Integra to rear wheel drive, the Caddy’s 3-speed automatic transmission, subframe, and front suspension were reversed and used in the back.
Naturally, you’re probably wondering how this Integra drives - or more to the point, if anybody who does drive it lives to tell the tale. Well, according to the current owner, it handles with all the precision and accuracy of diarrhoea. With a near half-tonne engine slung right out the back, the weight distribution is about as rear-biased as a man with an elephant growing on his arse. As a result of that, it’s been documented that at around 40mph, the car becomes so unstable, that no one has been brave enough to drive it faster.
Quite astonishingly, this monster is for sale. The current owner bought it thinking it’d be a wild ride - but when he found out precisely how wild it really is, he decided the best thing to do would be to sell it on. Sensibly, he’s chosen to sell it merely as a show piece rather than a usable car. And the price for this what-not-to-do example? $27,995!
But what do you guys think of this car? Do you think it’s worth the money as a show piece, or would you risk death and drive it? Let me know in the comments.
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