Building cars is in our DNA, it is at the very core of who and what K Series Parts is. As the itch to fill the void of a "KSP" project car intensified to a burning need, a screaming voice in the back of our minds clawed its way out until we couldn't ignore it anymore. We wanted- No, needed to build something, but not just any car. It had to be something special, something worthy of wearing a K Series Parts livery. It had to coalesce decades of project cars and build experience. We needed to take everything we've learned in the last twenty-plus years and burn our resume into the track, with tire rubber inking our signature and the familiar roar of a K Series as our battle cry.
We wanted something with a longer wheelbase, so an EK or EG hatch wasn't going to work, enter the Integra. This 94 Acura Integra GS-R started out like any other junkyard car, dusty, misused, with a rusty shell. It hobbled and squeaked its way into KSP's infamous "G Unit", where new life was about to be surgically given to it. It was quickly hacked up to the frame, removing as much excess weight as possible. All interior components were thrown out and the floor was completely cut out, along with the glass, electronics, carpeting, and plastic trim pieces.
Designing a tube chassis (sometimes called a space frame) is no small feat, the amount of engineering required to create something that will be both; light and rigid, and maintain enough physical space for a driver and engine is staggering. K Series Part's very own Chris Dye knows a thing or two about making tube chassis race cars; with certifications in welding and 20 years of experience building and racing cars. He and local master mechanic and Hoonigan Burn Yard tire slayer; Jake Caldwell set out to build something extraordinary; an AWD 1000+ horsepower K24 monster, all-purpose dedicated track car, hoon monster, quarter-mile eating machine, and rally rocket (if you want).
When planning out the chassis geometry we went through a number of revisions before Chris and Jake hammered it down, for now. The ever-evolving process is subject to a lot of moving parts; figuring out how to fit an inline mounted engine on an all-wheel drivetrain and sequential transmission was the hardest part. The engine sits closer to the driver with this setup and that offered up a number of challenges. How do you fit a driver in an already tight space?
The solution was a unique one; place the Ford 8.8 differential for the front wheels in front of the engine. Which introduced its own slew of problems, including oil starvation in the differential. To solve that problem you need gears that are reverse cut so that they can move the oil through the differential. Luckily those are readily available from Ford.
As the frame and cage came together around the engine, mounting points for the differentials were welded in, and design and fabrication started on suspension components that weren’t readily available. While we waited for our custom Quaife sequential transmission work had to continue, so we mocked up a transmission to design around. One of the main philosophies behind the build is using as many “easy to source” parts as possible, from the Ford 8.8 diffs to Nissan 240 wheel hubs, to in-house printed components. Implementing a combination of CNC machining and CAD designed 3D printed parts we were able to create solutions to some of the problems that were encountered early on.
Come back frequently to check out the progress of the build, we're excited to push this platform and ourselves to new levels, to smash and set new records, and to show the competition what we're all about!