You’ve seen the feature of his S2000… Now let’s dive into the build of his FF track car. Patrick has had this car for almost 6 years now and we aren’t talking about just regular driving miles. No, we are talking all out, complete lack of respect for, maximum track attack miles. The kind of miles where all you see is red, where you only live one lap at a time, glueing your eyes to the AIM as you pass the finish each lap to ensure that you’re going to go home with a PB that day. Did I forget to mention that it was also his daily for some years. With an ethos like: track time>new parts, Less is more, keep it simple, there’s always time on the table, and take a track a turn at a time. You know that Patrick isn’t about showing off, and having the prettiest car. When he goes to the track he is enjoying the challenge of trying to get the most out of something that wasn’t designed to do what it does, and he lets the track times speak for themselves. Let’s face it, it’s a lot cooler to be fast than it is to just have a clean car that you don’t use. Unfortunately for most of us, much like everything in the world… the fakers get celebrated while the makers are over here getting no respect or recognition. But for Patrick none of that matters he is really just doing it as a challenge to himself, just to push the limits of what is possible and enjoy the rush of getting a new PB.
In the 90’s it just so happened that Honda made some incredibly capable FWD chassis that have held records like, Fastest N/A FWD lap, highest HP per liter, while still remaining incredibly efficient and reliable. We now get to reap the benefits of Honda’s amazing ability to build a capable chassis right from the factory. The thing that attracted him to tracking an FF was the fact that many years ago it was more rare to see a Honda on a track in the states than it is now. The allure of being able to be faster than actual sports cars around track in a 90s FWD econo box was an addicting drug. You may notice that at first glance his Integra appears mild… stock body, no aero, and pretty beat up looking. In keeping with his ethos, he focuses more on “driver mod” and how you yourself can influence that car’s ability to get around a more than a diffuser can. Building a car that has wings, canards, diffusers, winglets, or any other aerodynamical griping aids, and gigantic tires will yield you fast lap times. But if you don’t have “driver mod” then you are basically just handicapping yourself by having all those helpers. Patrick chooses to stay non aero in an attempt to better is driving skill, and maybe also for some bragging rights.
He says that the Integra is a very exciting car to drive but is not as forgiving as the S2000 is. When you are trying to maximize the potential of a FWD car you are literally at its limits everywhere on track. Since you aren’t able to power out of turn like you can on a RWD chassis you must rely on braking as late as possible to help improve your time. In the Integra he has sub 2’d at ButtonWillow clockwise #13 running a 1:59.41 on 15×8’s. Compared to the most recent outing in the s2000 a couple of weeks ago where he only managed to get a 2:06.xx on basically a warm up lap before he threw a rod on cylinder number three ending his day. It’s also worth mentioning that the S2000 is on a Federal RSR “street tire” not the RSRR. he feels like the s2000 is capable of a 2:03 on some RS4’s but that’s still an massive 4 seconds slower than the Integra managed to do. To read all about our buttonwillow outing in his S2000 you can click the link below…
And to read the Feature on his S2000 you can click the link below…
Patrick likes the Integra more because of the history he has had with it, he says the car has more character, and as you will see in the mods list… a shit ton more stuff done to it. Like myself he also loves to do all the work on it him self, doing things like, V mounting the radiator, cutting out the spare tire well, removing the windows, and taking off the GSR roof skin with the sunroof and swapping it for an RS roof skin. Some people may say that doing things like this will greatly increase the car’s performance and some people even criticize him for having a “cheater car” but the fact of the matter is, the man is fast in it. No aero, no cut bumper, not even the stock GSR wing… you can’t deny that his times are impressive for a car so subtle as his.
- 1997 integra Gsr:
- Rs roof cap
- Spoon rep mirrors
- Type R lip
- Recaro SPG Pro Racer
- Sabelt harness
- Autopower Roll bar
- PCI seat Rail
- Momo suede mod 78 350mm
- SignalAuto quick release
- Spoon rear view insert
- K20Mart V2 shift knob
- Stack ST8100 dash display
- Passwordjdm rear strut bar
Under the Hood:
- B16a head
- ITR cams
- Eibach valvesprings
- Toda timing belt
- NGK jdm plug wires
- Sergeant Racing Oil cap
- TracTuff swirl tank
- Comptech air box/k&n filter
- Moroso Catch can
- DIY baffled oil pan w/ temp sensor bung
- Hasport mounts
- Spoon Sports 4-2-1 header
- 2.5 exhaust (no muffler)
- Hondata s100 LDL speedshop Off the shelf tune
- 98spec trans w/ b16 4th/5th (b16 gearset w/ 4.7 FD)
- KAAZ 1.5 LSD
- Toda flywheel
- Exedy stage 1 clutch kit
- oil cooler
- power steering cooler
- 15×9 +36 949 racing 6ul Front
- 15×8 +40 Rota Slipstream Rear
- 225/45/15 Nitto Nt01s
- JRZ RS dampers
- Hypercoil springs
- oem front sway
- Eibach 25mm adjustable rear sway w/ spherical end links
- PCI front upper control arms
- Rcrew spherical compliance bushings
- Ingall’s rear upper control arms
- Function7 (type R) rear lower control arms
- PCI rear trailing arm spherical bushings
- comptech rear subframe brace
- Spoon twinblocks calipers
- Oreilly’s Mini Cooper blanks
- carbotech xp10/xp8 pads
- goodridge brake lines
I love his build because it is the epitome of what we are all about here at Functiontheory. At first glance you would just assume this is just some hack job budget build, and you wouldn’t even give it a second glance. However after reading this article I hope you will take more consideration into driving skill vs fanboy building. I would consider this to be a pretty high-end build, just because he doesn’t focus on what the car looks like on the inside, doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about putting quality parts that will hold up to the abuse of countless trips to the track. On this chassis, engine, and trans he has 30+ track days. That also includes actually driving to the track, Spring mountain motorsports ranch, buttonwillow, chuckwalla. and willow springs. That also includes driving in the rain to buttonwillow with no windows in the car, no heater, and no windshield wipers. Not that I’m bragging about the fact that he lacks even the most basic of creature comforts, rather it’s a testament to the actual passion he has for tracking the car, and quest for the fastest possible lap time, and the exitment that it brings. In a world where the word “passion” is so loosely thrown around, this car sums up what the true definition of passion is.
Let me answer some questions im sure you have.
- Why staggered wheel set up? He wants to eventually got 15×9 in the rear too, but he wants to maintain stock body and no over fenders. to do this you must notch the rear trailing arm slightly or the wheels will run on it.
- Why 4 lug front and 5 lug rear? He was originally 5 lug full type R suspension, but finding a 15X9 wheel in a correct FWD Honda offset is a little more challenging with 5 lug. so he converted to 4 lug to run a 949 wheel. Previously he was also running 5 lug Te37’s but sold them when he went 4 lug in front so he picked up some temporary 5 lug wheels for the rear until he goes 4 lug.
- why does he still have a steel hood, and stock rear hatch is he is so worried about weight? finding a carbon rear hatch with a well-fitting lexan widow is a challenge, and he just hasn’t found the right hood that he’s looking for.
- does he have front turn signals? No, carbon block off plates replace the OEM turn signals. (police are pretty mellow in Vegas)
- Why no front strut bar? he prefers the feel of not having one, for a while he used an OEM gsr one. but recently opted to not run one at all.
If you have any other questions please feel free to comment below, email me, or DM me on instagram.
While there is nothing wrong with having a nice clean car, built very well. If you don’t have skills to back it up, you look silly. I feel like many people focus on fully building their car before actually getting the seat time the need to justify to modifications they have done. This is mainly due to the fact that social media has caused us to feel like we need to constantly out do each other, by posting expensive parts that we can barley afford, that we install on cars that rarely even see the light of day. Lets be clear though, Patrick’s car didn’t start out with all these parts on it. NO, NO, NO as his skill increased and his lap times improved he kept upgrading parts to where the car is now. His car will constantly be evolving and especially now since he has the S2000 as a daily the Integra will become an even more radical build.
Lastly take a look at his most recent in car video from his last track day at our “local track” spring mountain motorsports.