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Honda Is Entering SEMA With An Epic Type R-Powered 1990s Honda Accord Station Wagon

This Type R-powered Honda Accord Aerodeck is an unexpected tribute to JTCC cars from the 1990s and it will be at the 2021 SEMA Show

If you are into cars, you are probably familiar with the SEMA show that’s been held every November, in Las Vegas, Nevada. You would also know, it’s a place where some of the craziest car builds can be seen. Basically, companies, be it automotive, aftermarket, or otherwise, show off their expertise and creativity. Honda of all companies, has decided to bring out something rather unusual – a 1990s Honda Accord Station Wagon with a heart transplant, the heart being that of the latest Civic Type R.

Honda Is Entering SEMA With An Epic Type R-Powered 1990s Honda Accord Station Wagon
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The project in question is a collaboration between Fifteen52, Mountune USA, and Honda Performance Development (HPD). The Honda Accord is referred to as “Project 96” because this particular Accord Aerodeck (Station Wagon) was produced in 1996. The car also scores the iconic JACCS livery, known from Honda vehicles participating in the 1990s, FIA Group A, JTCC series.

Honda Is Entering SEMA With An Epic Type R-Powered 1990s Honda Accord Station Wagon
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In addition to being unique, the build is a chance for Honda Performance Development to showcase its K20C1 crate engine. Yes, the engine that powers the current (and upcoming) generation Civic Type R will be available for a wide variety of projects – a wise move from Honda, given how popular Honda K-swaps have become in recent times.

Honda Is Entering SEMA With An Epic Type R-Powered 1990s Honda Accord Station Wagon
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Just like in the FK8 Civic Type R, the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-four mill produces 306 horsepower and 295 pound-feet (400 Nm). With such going power, it’s wise to have an equally good stopping power, which is why they’ve also fitted Civic Type R brakes. The car now sits on Tein coil-overs and inside, you will find a full roll-cage.

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Why go with a station wagon? Probably because it’s more unusual and let’s not forget Volvo did a similar feat back in the 1990s, with their 850 R Station Wagon BTCC race car, which was actually quite successful. American resto-mods are cool most of the time, but to see one from Japan that’s also a tribute to JTCC race cars ticks all the "cool" boxes.

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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