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Hey guys,
Just curious, what does everyone reckon is the best Honda (or not) chassis for a track car with a K20?

Currently have mine in an EG and was thinking of moving this out down the line into something 'better' / more balanced. I've read the Accord is a good option and I've always liked the CR-Z looks - but dont know anything about it otherwise.
At this stage just looking at everyones thoughts / opinions on the best Honda shell out there at the moment...
 

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...reckon is the best Honda (or not) chassis for a track car with a K20?
At front and center the S2000. It is even better than the Lotus Exige/Elise depending on track mean speed. You need much more work and modifications at the Exige/Elise to beat a good S2000 with an K20. The slower it get's the more the Exige/Elise get in front and center.

Below that the hatchbacks of 4th, 5th and 6th Generation are listed, light and swift...but FWD which looses on every corner compared to RWD chassis.

It depends a bit on budget and track characteristics which chassis fit's best your purpose.

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I'd have to say an Exocet although it is a Mazda Miata and it's a kit car.Not sure if this meats your criteria. Several folks have swapped over. I'm looking for a build thread on this. With the car only weighing around 1500lbs it's going to be a monster on the track and very easy to work on because the motor is completely exposed.

1500lb car making 450 hp on stock Boosted K24. Probably exceeds power to weight ratio of Formula 1 cars :)
 

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1500lb car making 450 hp on stock Boosted K24. Probably exceeds power to weight ratio of Formula 1 cars :)
Except the lack of good aero means Exocets won't be able to corner as well as a car with a good aero package.
 

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I'd have to say an Exocet although it is a Mazda Miata and it's a kit car.Not sure if this meats your criteria. Several folks have swapped over. I'm looking for a build thread on this. With the car only weighing around 1500lbs it's going to be a monster on the track and very easy to work on because the motor is completely exposed.

1500lb car making 450 hp on stock Boosted K24. Probably exceeds power to weight ratio of Formula 1 cars :)
Currently F1 cars have a minumum weight of 1631 lbs and have close to 1000 hp so a 450 hp car that weighs 1500 lbs would be shockingly fast but not even close to a F1 car. There are a few videos on Youtube that compare some fast street cars with F1 cars around a track. It's amazing.
 

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I have a k swap EG for street but race a stock CRX. The shorter wheelbase of the CRX makes it more responsive in corners. I feel that a CRX with K20 + LSD would be great and fun for trackdays.
 

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I have a k swap EG for street but race a stock CRX. The shorter wheelbase of the CRX makes it more responsive in corners. I feel that a CRX with K20 + LSD would be great and fun for trackdays.
In Germany the CRX are often used for drag racing, less of the amount use is for circle racing. The handling is more responsive, on high speed tracks like the Green Hell it is a challenge to drive in the high speed corners, when it has much more engine and brake power and therefore higher corner speed. There is a guy running a boosted B-series CRX at the Green Hell, he let flow aaaaaaaa lot of money in it to make it corner and straight reliable through the whole circle. Especially the downforce and cornering speed supporting parts has to be adopted to the engine and brake power. I really like the CRX chassis, it may have at high speed similar issues like the Lotus Chassis: challenging weight distribution, lack of down force, lack of grip when power is above 300 hp and sometimes a challenge to tune the cornering characteristic predictable enough to squeeze the best out of it.


I think the RWD's with front engine like the S2000, the Mazda's Miata gives a good basis for high speed, for slalom the Lotus Elise, for hill climb Lotus Elise and Exige, S2000, Mazda Miata, E30 BMW, Opel B-Kadett, Ford Escort, ...I am not sure about the list, but it reflects what comes in my mind when asked for a quick answer.
 

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The S2000 is a monster roadster. The Opera Performance build is my favorite one. A 2000lb S2000 with 300HP NA.
Very nice. Hopefully the DAMPFHAMMER engine of my Lotus Elise will exceed that. It's pecified for 310 flwhp, out of a 2022 ccm engine....gnnnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin, niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin...up to 9000 rpm. A torque across the 4500-8500 rpm band of at least 196 flwftlb's, proven already from 4500-5250 rpm, than the gearbox broke during the dyno session. Engine waites for our engine test bench we are building since Spring 2020.
 

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Very nice. Hopefully the DAMPFHAMMER engine of my Lotus Elise will exceed that. It's pecified for 310 flwhp, out of a 2022 ccm engine....gnnnnnnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin, niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiin...up to 9000 rpm. A torque across the 4500-8500 rpm band of at least 196 flwftlb's, proven already from 4500-5250 rpm, than the gearbox broke during the dyno session. Engine waites for our engine test bench we are building since Spring 2020.
The Lotus chassis you have is an awesome platform. I hope you get those power numbers you are aiming for, 310whp and 196wtq are stunning and impressive numbers. I can't wait to see how your build turns out. I am subscribed to your build LotusElise.
 

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it loses alot of aero after 140 mph. Besides that I want one badly. The 300HP track version sells for $32,000. The street version is around $70,000 lol..I will take the track one no doubt.

Since they are made 3hrs from my house and cheap to rent, they are always a check off thing to do at VIR. The 300HP SC K20a makes the bladder hit the throat on 2nd and 3rd gear pulls. They also hop around in turns at 110mph - while in the middle of tires breaking loose then it all goes silent for a second then back on to the tires breaking loose. They are insane and take many years to learn to tame them
 

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it loses alot of aero after 140 mph. Besides that I want one badly. The 300HP track version sells for $32,000. The street version is around $70,000 lol..I will take the track one no doubt.

Since they are made 3hrs from my house and cheap to rent, they are always a check off thing to do at VIR. The 300HP SC K20a makes the bladder hit the throat on 2nd and 3rd gear pulls. They also hop around in turns at 110mph - while in the middle of tires breaking loose then it all goes silent for a second then back on to the tires breaking loose. They are insane and take many years to learn to tame them

I figured there would be an aero hit, didn't know where that was though. That sounds terrifying. I want one even more now. lol
 
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