Monday, 3 December 2012

ATS DC2 Type R

The Integra Type R is one of those insider treats, something that's rather special to those in the know but passes the uninitiated almost unnoticed. With their hand-built, blueprinted VTEC engines, seam-welded chassis, helical LSDs and vicious weight-loss efforts, they are a true connoisseur's street-racer.
Personally, if I owned a Type R, there's no way I'd modify it - I think they're ace in factory-standard form. But there is something special about the example we see here, prepared by ATS. The characterful B-series engine has been unceremoniously hoiked out and replaced with a K-series with vast induction trumpets; canards and oversized spoilers improve the aero (well, hopefully they do, as they're rather more extrovert than the standard setup), there's a vast set of brakes, and the chassis is enormously stiffer thanks to copious bracing and a sturdy rollcage. The original red Honda seats - which I love - have been replaced with huggy Recaros.

So I'm unsure. I love the Type R as standard, but this does look like a lot of fun - the general feel of it is that it's been done to heighten and enhance the spirit of the original rather than just to irritate the purists. What's your take?
Via WEKSOS

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