Underdog Honda Integra Type R Upsets 1,000-HP Nissan GT-R in Drag Race
In an unexpected turn of events, a drag race between a 1,000-horsepower Nissan GT-R and a 770-horsepower Honda Integra Type R proved that horsepower isn’t everything. The race, captured by Officially Gassed, showcased the Honda’s ability to outperform the more powerful GT-R.
While the GT-R boasts a twin-turbo 3.8-liter V6 engine tuned to produce 1,000 horsepower, the Honda Integra Type R DC5, a predecessor to the new Acura Integra, is considered past its prime. However, both cars featured modifications, making the outcome less predictable.
The stripped-down GT-R, weighing 3,726 pounds, showcased modifications such as a strengthened VR38DETT engine, Linney Engineering gearset and clutch, hybrid turbos, and an uprated fuel system.
On the other hand, the Integra Type R, weighing only 2,778 pounds, featured a fully built CSS K20A2 engine with RaceCal tuning, Drag Cartel camshafts, Supertech valve springs, and a sidewinder manifold. It also underwent a custom AWD conversion and was equipped with a Quaife sequential gearbox.
Despite the significant power difference and the GT-R’s dual-clutch transmission, the Honda Integra Type R managed to pull off an upset victory. The driver’s skill and the lighter weight of the Integra played a crucial role in the race, demonstrating that numbers alone don’t determine speed and that factors such as grip and driving technique are equally important.
The outcome of this drag race serves as a reminder that underdogs can triumph over more powerful opponents, proving that horsepower isn’t the sole determinant of performance on the drag strip.