• Jul 30, 2006

We've performed a few drivetrain swaps in our time, but nothing quite measures up to Honda-tech.com's "preluderacecar" and his 1993 Honda Prelude. Apparently not satisfied with the stock H22 or its orientation in the vehicle, it was yanked and replaced with the ubiquitous GM LS1 (quickly becoming the go-to choice for engine swaps due to its size, weight, and aftermarket support). It's backed by a T56 six-speed manual, which hides in a custom-fabricated tunnel. He also fabricated an independent rear suspension setup from RX7 components. Up front, the steering rack was relocated in front of the axle centerline and replaced with a Cavalier part, along with some 5th-gen Prelude components.

The sheer volume of fabrication required for this project is awesome, and is even more impressive considering that the guy is only 21 years old. Sure, there will be some folks who will be compelled to pile on the hate, but we're guessing none of them would ever have the guts to attempt a project of similar magnitude.

[Source: Honda-tech.com; a hat tip to Autoblog alumni Dave Ko]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      The car will be plagued with problems having a POS Domesticrap motor in it. Shame what you did! If you wanted power, you should have just build a motor for it. 11's and 500whp is simple in a Prelude these days.
      They are running low-mid 11's all day long!

      On a positive note, if I had to see a Domesticrap engine in a Prelude, it would be an LS1!!
      Glad to see you didn't RAPE it even more(Anally) with some POS Ford variation i.e the Monster Miata 5.0 from the mid 90's!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      I would love to see a V-8 go into a last generation Civic Si...that would be wicked...
      • 8 Years Ago
      #14 I stand Corrrected!
      • 8 Years Ago
      That really is quite amazing, I would like to have that car lol. Sounds like he had fun, learned some things, and came out with a great car. I like JDM and USDM so I think this is a pretty bad a** car. Maybe he's a drift fan? Or maybe he just did it to prove he could do it.
      thedulins
      • 2 Years Ago
      I would like to know what the front to rear weight % is. If its not good you will have a death trap. fast is fun, however be safe about it......... I do like what i see.
      • 8 Years Ago
      He could at least put a 20B in there after using RX-7 parts, Why in world would he use a LSx crap motor the most overrated piece of garbage in the world.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And this is worthy of Autoblog news? Heck why not do an article on the MkII Golf with the Porsche 944 drivetrain? :P

      Or how about the kit to convert the Euro Focus to a RWD V8?

      --Noah
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sure he could have bought something rwd and saved money and time. But I don't think that's the point here. It's the difference between people who buy die-cast models and the ones that buy the plastic ones that you have to put together yourself. It sounds like the guy had a blast, learned a ton, and ended up with a car that he could truly say is his..

      In life, the journey is more rewarding than the destination..
      • 8 Years Ago
      4th gen Preludes had H23 motors stock. H22's didn't come around until the 5th generation Prelude.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Man everyone is so negative these days, be happy that someone out there is breaking the mold. Granted hes not Carroll Shelby but big engine+light car equation should put a smile on anyones face. (so the prelude in stock form isnt that light and who knows how light this one is)

      Please give credit to the innovators even if its not the direction you would personally take, if we all did exactly what you would do the world would be a dull place.

      -james
      • 8 Years Ago
      Actually, there ARE better projects going on. For example, transforming a Lada into a drivers car, Top Gear style.

      http://forum.finalgear.com/viewtopic.php?t=6302
      thedulins
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can anyone give me info on a 93 Prelude S. I want to by one i found but need it to be dependable...... Thanks BED
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