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Ok-Powered: 10 Of The Greatest Ok-Swapped Spotlights – Speedhunters

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Over the previous couple of weeks, you’d have observed extra Honda-powered content material than common on Speedhunters. And there’s a quite simple motive for this: we devoted October to the enduring Honda Ok-series engine.

For 20 years we’ve witnessed this engine revolutionise not solely the Honda tuning world, however nearly each different make and mannequin possible. It’s turn out to be the go-to four-cylinder engine for an inexpensive, dependable swap with greater than sufficient efficiency even when inventory. And no matter your ideas are on the Honda scene, you can not fault the masterpieces created again in 2001.

The K20’s figures stay spectacular even as we speak. Greater than 100hp-per-litre with no type of compelled induction, and a sq. displacement (that means bore and stroke are equal) for improved steadiness permitting the two.0-litre motor to scream at 8,600rpm with out sacrificing reliability. It’ll even return upwards of 30mpg on an excellent run.


It could have first come to mild within the 2001 EP3 Civic Sort R, however Honda greater than acquired their cash’s value through the years, becoming it throughout the Integra, Accord, CR-V and Stream over its lifecycle. Exterior of Honda, it was even utilized by Ariel within the bonkers Atom; a real mark of simply how versatile this engine is.


That’s why, along with among the spotlights and options we’ve already proven you, we needed to place collectively a small assortment of our favorite Ok-series swaps beforehand featured on Speedhunters. That doesn’t imply they’re the wildest or strongest, however every one has a novel high quality that makes you suppose ‘wow’.

And reality be informed, these signify only a small snapshot of what’s been featured on right here, not to mention what the remainder of the world has been as much as. As a result of 20 years later we’re nonetheless being stunned by not solely the place this engine finally ends up, however the efficiency it packs in each naturally aspirated and turbocharged type.


Learn how to decide a favorite? Difficult one, but when we’re being pushed it must be that Metro 6R4. This can be a automobile that didn’t have to be anymore wild, but someway the sight of a four-cylinder stuffed in its bottom does precisely that. Plus, we’re a lot much less prone to upset anybody selecting that.

Now it’s your flip, although. We’ll see you within the feedback part…

Bisimoto’s K24 Turbo Honda Wagovan


You may’t do a narrative about Hondas and engine swaps with out paying a go to to Bisi Ezerioha at Bisimoto Engineering. The LA-based scientist has made a reputation for himself through the years producing among the coolest builds the world has ever seen, and with Honda being his bread and butter you realize he’ll all the time go one step additional.


Not solely did the ‘Wagovan’ profit from a turbocharged K24 motor swap, it additionally went 4WD with Bisi utilizing a Honda CR-V rear finish within the course of. Nonetheless need extra? All that energy is shipped via a Quaife sequential field only for good measure. Simply superior.

850bhp, Mid-Mounted & Rear-Drive


I bear in mind going out in an SW20 MR2 years in the past which was operating round 450bhp. It felt terrifying; loads of lag, loads of enhance and a continuing feeling of demise each time the wheels broke traction. So, the concept of doubling that energy – and nonetheless protecting it street authorized – hurts my mind in the very best approach.


After all, this specific automobile hails from Australia; why wouldn’t it? However it’s additionally constructed for drag racing. And really, having the burden proper over the rear wheels makes an terrible lot of sense. The dearth of any seen cage, nevertheless, doesn’t.

Report Looking On A Price range


We take Ok-swapped Civics without any consideration now. So frequent have these swaps turn out to be the preliminary ‘wow’ issue of seeing one fitted inside an EK or EG appears to be changed with gentle admiration as an alternative.


However it’s straightforward to overlook simply how potent this mixture is; 200+ horsepower in a chassis weighing not rather more than a tonne will all the time be spectacular, and that’s earlier than you go and stuff a load of enhance in it. The very fact TJ constructed this drag-spec EG on a price range (paying simply $230 for the automobile initially) is the whole lot we love about Speedhunters. It’s uncooked, somewhat tough across the edges and blisteringly quick. And all for just some thousand {dollars}.

Honda Reliability, Porsche Seems to be, Turbo Energy


Once we clocked this Porsche on the 2018 SEMA Present we knew it’d fire up some debate throughout the feedback. And rightfully so; the flat-six is the center of any correct 911, so being greeted by a turbo K20 as a replacement appeared downright complicated.


In actuality, when Scott purchased the automobile its six-cylinder engine was lengthy gone in favour of a V8 swap; one thing that’d been executed poorly leaving the automobile fairly tough. The answer? Do one thing fully distinctive and surprising. Oh and bronze TEs are an impressed alternative.

A Screaming Quick-Highway EK9 Civic Sort R


A little bit slice of Honda perfection. I’ve all the time cherished EK9 Civic Sort Rs; to the purpose I attempted to make an EJ9 look precisely like one. However that B16B engine is the holy grail of B-series engines in my eyes; 1.6-litres and 187bhp. And first launched in 1997, too.


The issue is, EK9s are quickly changing into a sufferer to the ‘appreciating traditional’ faculty of nonsense, so their very existence of being fast, giant-slaying hatchbacks is now being changed with exaggerated asking costs.


That’s why I like Andy’s construct a lot. It’s not one for individuals who want ‘matching numbers’, however in order for you an offended little Honda packing a 240bhp punch, come get consistent with the remainder of us.

Retro Metro: The Honda-Powered 6R4


Of all of the Ok-series swaps you may think about on the earth, this has acquired to be probably the most uncommon… ever. The Metro 6R4 is an entire mash-up anyway, sometimes discovered with a naturally aspirated V6 stuffed within the again for good measure. Not this one, although.


That may appear to be a downgrade, however proprietor Dave didn’t simply match the K20 – he supercharged it, too. The top result’s 320bhp with super-sharp throttle response in a automobile weighing simply 800kg. Bonkers.

Automobiles Are Supposed To Be Enjoyable: Ok-Swapping A Ferrari 308


As you’re studying this story, Mike Burroughs will likely be frantically ending the 308 pictured right here for SEMA 2021. And whereas it isn’t fairly completed (but), it’s already greater than worthy of this listing.


Earlier than you ask why, we’ll let Mike inform the complete story in a follow-up function later down the road. However put it this manner, the inventory Ferrari F106 2.9-litre V8 produced 202bhp when new. The K24, utterly inventory, makes 200bhp regardless of having half the cylinders. Throw in a Garrett G35-900 for good measure and the outcome must be round 600whp.

The Honda-Powered Silvia Lives…


Engine swaps and drift automobiles are a given nowadays. And on the earth of Silvias, that tends to fall into just a few frequent classes. In case you like punishment, you persist with the SR20. Need all the turbo noises and extra energy? Go decide up an RB or JZ engine as an alternative. Need the straightforward, dependable life? There’s an LS V8 along with your title on it.


But when none of that sounds interesting within the slightest, you may go utterly the opposite approach. A longitudinally-mounted Ok-series with a turbo strapped to the facet.

An Unquestionably-Japanese Lotus


A Honda-powered Lotus Elise or Exige is nothing new; these swaps have been commonplace for years, particularly these early Rover-powered examples. However this specific instance from Japan ticks all of the Speedhunters packing containers.


It’s on bronze TE37s which can by no means not be cool, and the aero appears to be like prefer it’s straight from time assault. However then there’s the inside… a leopard-printed inside at that. We’re not making it up, go and look.  If it had been anyplace else on the earth it simply wouldn’t work.

Road Fighter: The VTEC-Powered Berg Cup Golf


The Volkswagen scene has no scarcity of excellent engines to select from, most of which may have discovered themselves in a Golf in some unspecified time in the future. So, leaping ship in favour of one thing Japanese looks like blasphemy… till you see what it’s powering.


Constructed for hillclimb and dash occasions, Seb’s Mk1 Golf has one thing undeniably fairly lovely about it. Every part has been added within the quest for pace or security, and just like the outdated saying goes – quick by no means goes out of style.

Mark Riccioni
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