Parenthood has a funny way of reconstructing life"s pecking order of what matters. All of a sudden, things like the consistency of diaper lumps are a whole lot more important than whether or not you might have sầu a boost leak. Balancing the responsibilities of parenthood và your desire to lớn slam your Hondomain authority Civic is essential to lớn preserving any sort of sanity, though. And although parking a minivan in your driveway may not be easily avoided, mitigating whatever lameness is typically associated with the box-like platform can be - seen by this 1,000+hp Bisimoto lớn Honda Odyssey.
Doing all of that isn"t easy, though, and famed drag racer & engineer Biđắm đuối Ezerioha will be the first dad khổng lồ tell you as much. You know Ezerioha because of his 2012 Civic Si that lays down more than 1,000hp, or maybe because of his turbocharged CR-Z that quadruples the amount of torque that any self-respecting, earth-loving hybrid owner thinks it should have. Ezerioha"s power-building resume doesn"t over there; nearly 20 years" worth of Hondas, world records, and drag racing victories assure as much.
But 1,000hp Civics và minivans couldn"t be any more incongruent. Unlượt thích Ezerioha"s record-setting, all-motor CRX of the 1990s, the 2014 Hondomain authority Odyssey—the bedrochồng of his lathử nghiệm creation—has been peddled among muốn patriarchs like himself under the guise of having three rows of seats, five of which any tot and his carriage can be safely strapped to lớn. Quarter-mile and 0-60 mph data are not aao ước the Odyssey"s routine minivan kinh doanh points. None of that matters all that much to lớn Ezerioha, who, despite what Honda thinks its almost two-decade-old platkhung ought khổng lồ look, sound, và ride lượt thích, saw fit to reverse engineer the family van exactly how you think any championship-winning drag racer would.
Despite Ezerioha"s naturally aspirated heritage, 4,500lbs worth of family wholesomeness almost always means some sort of turbocharger has got to be integrated if power gains are to be detected. For this, the chemist-turned-high-performance-parts-purveyor turned to lớn Turbonetics. Forced induction choices ahy vọng the high-performance throng are many, but Ezerioha"s rationale for partnering with the 36-year-old turbo firm who distributes its wares among the United States military, for example, is simple: "If it"s good enough for the US government, it"s good enough for me."
Plumbing the single BTX turbocharger into lớn place within the Honda Odyssey wasn"t terribly challenging, in part because of the V6 cylinder heads that incorporate internally casted exhaust manifolds. The results are a single pipe traversing from each head that join at the turbine. It"s architecture unlike any more conventional log- or tubular-type manifold you"re probably familiar with.
Directing the 3.5-liter engine"s exhaust gases toward the turbine wheel was the easy part. Getting the Odyssey"s rear-view and LaneWatch cameras, push-button starter, and CAN-BUS protocol khổng lồ play nicely with AEM"s Infinity 8 engine management system was, as Ezerioha conveys, his most challenging electronic undertaking lớn date. It"s true that the van could"ve been stripped of all of that technical wizardry for the sake of more power, but such are the things that keep engineers lượt thích Ezerioha up at night. According to Ezerioha, it was critical that everything Honda built into its top-of-the-line Odyssey remain intact. Except for its Variable Cylinder Management. Because shutting down two or three cylinders on a 1,029hp V6 would just be silly.
Not that a 1,029hp minivan isn"t just as silly, but the absence of traction in every gear with the boost cranked up to lớn full tilt is a whole lot more exhilarating than disabling a couple of cylinders in hopes of a reward at the gas pump. This was, after all, Ezerioha"s impetus for all of this: khổng lồ put together something quichồng & powerful yet capable of assimilating within the confines of the pre-school pick-up zone. Ezerioha doesn"t take credit for the idea, though. A colleague at American Honda—who awarded the Hondomain authority Odyssey to Ezerioha"s firm, Bisimoto, under the auspices of helping lure in an entirely new segment of minivan buyers—suggested the chassis. A short time later, contracts were signed và the 2014 EX was delivered to lớn Bisimoto"s baông chồng door.
The whole racket was completed quicker than most builds" engine blocks sit at the machine cửa hàng. In just seven weeks, a spare engine was fortified & assembled at the hands of Ezerioha, the turbo system integrated, and the airbag suspension installed. A week và a half was spent just sorting out the electronics. That"s mostly because standalone engine management systems like those from AEM aren"t yet compatible with some of Honda"s lakiểm tra J-series sensors. For this, Ezerioha was forced khổng lồ modify each cam"s pick-up wheel that communicates with the ECU, for example. "One of the biggest difficulties was with the ABS," Ezerioha says, as he conveys all sorts of technical speak và gobbledygook about sine waves, square waves, và Honda"s all-new active sensors that are, for all intents and purposes, neither of these. "They say, "Oh, you"re so lucky" when they see it, but they have sầu no idea what we go through," Ezerioha says of the hordes of fans who admire the van.
Minivans arguably weren"t on Ezerioha"s radar 20 years ago when he first began setting records at the drag strip with a carbureted single-cam engine. Times change, though, and a family can all of a sudden make almost 210 cubic feet of interior space more important than gutting the doors on your CRX lớn shed 30 lbs. "I wanted something that I could race that could also be a true family hauler," Ezerioha says, "và I think that"s exactly what the Hondomain authority Odyssey minivan did."