Acura integration Finally back, and true to form, Acura will have three heavily modified cars at this year’s SEMA show to highlight its tuning potential. These are all professional builds that are likely to cost a really silly amount of money, so the odds of running into someone who’s done something similar at your local get-together is pretty low. But since each regulator has a dramatically different approach to their Integration, we’re curious which one you think looks best.
Before you can start beating it in the comments, you need to meet your fellow fighters. The mod list of each vehicle is too long to include here, but you can check out the press release here If you want to know all the details.
first. Integrated by Dai Yoshihara, built by Evasive Motorsports
If you are not familiar with Daijiro “Dai” Yoshihara, he is a professional racer from Tokyo who has won the Formula One Grand Prix championship and has class wins in Pikes Peak, 25 Hours of Thunderhill, Global Time Attack and Super Lap Battle. So the guy knows how to drive.
We especially like Dai’s choice of white BBS wheels that blend perfectly with the car’s bluish-white tone. And while he did add an air filter and Spoon exhaust, this build is more focused on handling, with extended suspension mods and a stripped-down interior to save weight. Plus, of course, that wing.
2. Sara Choi’s Integra, Built by Tony Star Performance
Unlike Dai, Sara Choi isn’t a professional racer, but after getting her start at Hawaii’s Sonic Motorsports at 15, she knows plenty about wrenching on cars. Plus, she’s got more than enough track and drifting experience.
Visually, Sara’s build is probably the biggest departure from the stock Integra. It has a custom wide-body kit and a wing that appears to be inspired by the old Integra Type R. Considering how much it’s been lowered, we wouldn’t want to drive it over any speed bumps, but it sure looks pretty awesome. As before, engine mods are relatively minimal, adding a GReddy oil cooler and intercooler, as well as a cat-back exhaust.
3. Coco Zarita’s Integra, Built by Autotuned
Chile’s Coco Zarita is a car builder and amateur drifter, but he’s better known for being a pro BMX rider who’s competed in the X Games more than a dozen times. Then again, the BMX connection was probably obvious since there’s a BMW bike attached to the roof of his car.
Coco added more carbon fiber pieces than the others did on his build, but the biggest difference is that he did a little more under the hood. In addition to adding an A’PEXi exhaust, he gave it a GReddy intercooler, an HPS cold air intake, coolant hose, and charge pipe, and finished it off with a HiRev Sports engine cover.
So there you go. Sadly, no one swapped in an engine from the Civic Type R, but considering the new one just went on sale, that’s probably to be expected. Back to the main point of this post, though, which one do you think did it best?