The Hoonigan Crew And Bisimoto Prove The Fix For Uncool Is More Horsepower: Video
Is your brain ready for the Bisimoto Engineering Minivan?by Jonathan Lopez, on
Not too long ago, minivan ownership was akin to admitting defeat, a white flag waved in the interest of replacing fun with practicality. Luckily, that’s not always the case any more. Just ask Bisi Ezerioha, founder of Bisimoto Engineering, who built the above-featured 1,000-horse Honda Odyssey. “I started a young family, and I love cars, I love speed,” Bisi says.” So, I’m a guy who loves speed, loves to go fast, build crazy horsepower, but I have a family now, so what do I do? Build a minivan.” Makes sense to us.
Bisi cut his teeth in the world of speed by setting numerous records in FWD Honda drag racers. These days, he’s running one of the most badass tuner shops in the country – Bisimoto Engineering, based out of Ontario, California. You may have heard the name before. Bisimoto Engineering is responsible for some of the most exciting builds to hit the scene in recent memory, including a slew of jaw-dropping Porsches (here’s one example, a Steve McQueen tribute). Or there’s this 1,000-horsepower Hyundai Santa Fe that graced SEMA last year. With a resume like that, a four-figure Odyssey looks like business as usual. At about just under 20 minutes, the video is kinda long, but worth it to see this slammed people mover killing tires at Hoonigan HQ.
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Bisi says “Honda was my first love,” and that passion is evident in this Odyssey. The first thing you’ll notice is the stance, which is impossibly low thanks to an air ride suspension. Upgraded sway bars help it handle, while huge wheels and low-profile, uber sticky rubber sits in the corners. Throw in the ginormous polished intercooler mounted in the nose, and it’s obvious this isn’t your everyday minivan.
Here’s a rundown on some of the specs – peak power looks like 1,029 horses at the front axle when running E85, but the set-up uses flex fuel to accommodate 91-octane pump juice when there’s no E85 around. Under the hood, you’ll find a factory-based Honda J35 engine – the same powerplant that was originally outfitted to the car off the production line. Obviously though, it needed a little help to push the four-figure output mark, and as such, Bisi threw in new sleeves, new pistons, new coatings, upgraded the valvetrain, added custom cams, and a whole lot more. “Everything you need to do to make a car extremely robust for tons of reliable power, this thing has,” Bisi says. Shots under the hood also reveal a mammoth 72-mm boost snail from Turbonetics.
“Everything you need to do to make a car extremely robust for tons of reliable power, this thing has,” Bisi says. Shots under the hood also reveal a mammoth 72-mm boost snail from Turbonetics.
Tons of power is always good, but the stock automatic transmission didn’t have the strength to handle it all. As such, Bisi swapped in a manual six-speed from an Acura TL Type S, which routes the muscle exclusively to the front axle. As you might expect, the ‘box also got a slew of updates to help harness all those ponies, plus a custom pedal box and Civic Si shift knob, which was mounted in the factory location inside the cabin.
The build is absolutely flawless, from the engine to the drivetrain, the cabin to the exterior. The A/C, power steering, even the backup cameras work exactly as they should. There’s still a full interior, including leather upholstery, and a Recaro child seat in the rear, plus a four-point roll bar. There’s even a cargo box on the roof. Believe it or not, Bisi says he drives the mega-minivan on the street “quite a bit,” with the ECU programmed for lower boost before hitting the full 1,029 horses in fifth gear.
Believe it or not, Bisi says he drives the mega-minivan on the street “quite a bit,” with the ECU programmed for lower boost before hitting the full 1,029 horses in fifth gear.
The video does a good job highlighting the various technical aspects of the van, with underhood shots and a full rundown on the spec. There’s also footage of a start up, plus the obligatory monster burnout. The end of the video has a little behind the scenes action with the crew joking around about the comments sections of their posts.
Finally, I can’t help but mention this – the Pacifica Hellcat. It may have been a April Fool’s joke on our part, but as evidenced by this vid, the demand for something like this is real. Ya hear that, FCA? Don’t let Honda beat you to the punch!