Honda / Acura
Honda and Acura have been a mainstay in the sport compact market for over two decades and Full-Race has been there to support them with performance solutions since 2002. From Traction Bars and Exhaust Manifolds to Turbocharger upgrades by BorgWarner, Garrett and Precision Turbo, Full-Race has committed itself to the Honda/Acura community with quality and precision. If you performed a B-series, H-series or K-series engine swap, we’ve got you covered! From the earlier EF/EG Civics, DA Integras and DC2 Integras to the S2000 and newer 8thGen, 9thGen, and 10thGen Civics, Full-Race offers a broad selection of performance enhancements to meet and exceed your needs!
It is arguable that Honda vehicles were the catalyst for the “Import Revolution” of the mid 1990s. Affordable, capable and attractive, Honda vehicles offered the entry level enthusiast an accessible platform that soon proved extremely capable. The affordability factor contributed to its popularity and wide spread availability, both new and on the second-hand market. Honda was also the first Japanese manufacturer to introduce a luxury brand (Acura) to the market in 1986.
The VTEC Revolution
While the sheer number of vehicles sold throughout the world was already a testament to its popularity, Honda stepped up the performance of its already popular platforms with improved volumetric efficiency and increased output with the introduction of Variable Valve Timing and Lift Electronic Control. Known by its acronym, VTEC, this efficient means of changing the valve timing and valve lift was introduced to Japan in 1989 and later to the US in the 1990 Acura NSX. The technology soon equipped the more affordable Honda and Acura platforms in 1992. This technology raised the output of the small displacement, fuel efficient engines, putting their competitors on notice.
Many of Honda’s products enjoyed broad appeal across several vehicle segments. While the Accord and the flagship Prelude offered more power, the Honda Civic and the Acura Integra shared the top spot on the podium in terms of popularity. These models were more affordable and more compact, and once VTEC engines were offered for each of these platforms, they also became the most common models to undergo modification. From the mid 90s on, the aftermarket extracted performance from Honda engines that surpassed most imaginations. From putting down well over 1,000 horsepower to running 6-second quarter-mile times, they were the most shown and raced of Honda’s products into the early 2000s.
Return to Performance
After shifting its focus from performance to fuel economy in the early 2000s, Honda began testing the forced induction waters with the 240 horsepower, K23A1-powered Acura RDX for the 2007 model year. This was the first factory turbocharged Honda vehicle to be offered in a production Honda vehicle, and it foreshadowed Honda’s embrace of small displacement, forced induction engines. The 10th generation Honda Civic (FC/FK) comes available with a 1.5-liter turbocharged engine. The 205 horsepower 2017 Civic Si and the 306 horsepower Civic Type R serve as a testament to Honda’s capabilities and commitment to performance.