Edik Stepanyan DA Integra

Sneak Peek: Edik Stepanyan's DA Integra
By Justin Banner

I have to be the first to admit, this little car surprised the hell out of me when I first saw it. It's beat up, old, and it's Honda. I'm like the typical car guy when it comes to anything with a "H" or an "A" on the hood, it's over done and most of the guys who race them aren't exactly all there to begin with. I mean, come on, in a series where torque is the secret to winning, how is a little 2.0L engine really going to stack up?

Then Edik Stepanyan shows up with this DA-chassis Integra at Buttonwillow and nearly embarrasses the field that included a car with an Acura TSX with a K24A engine in it. Then at Fontana, a race where having power is supposed to be king, he puts a 7 second gap on the field that included a car with a Turbo Rotary engine in Tuner Over class. What the hell? So, when MotoIQ told me to do a Feature on this car, how could I really say "no?"

Edik Stepanyan DA Integra
When you first look at the car, it is clear from the start that this is a race car. There are dents, dings, scratches...
Edik Stepanyan DA Integra
Even rust in some areas.
Edik Stepanyan DA Integra
However, to me, that is the beauty of this car. They don't hide that they come out to compete. This car shows every single race it has been in. Scars make for character and this car certainly has it.
Edik Stepanyan DA Integra
So, you see the hood open and start to think, "This is it, this is where they make the tons of power and find ways to hide it on the dyno!" Well, no, they don't. Edik and his team began with a non-VTEC B20 at Buttonwillow. However, it was decided for Fontana and on to switch to a B20 VTEC engine with JE Pistons' Asymmetrical Pistons to decrease piston skirt drag. They are connected to the crank shaft by Eagle Rods. The head is actually a stock B16A, "It's not even ported," says Stepanyan.
Edik Stepanyan DA Integra
It does have Stage 1 Skunk 2 Cams, their Pro Series Intake Manifold and matching throttle body. The intake tube is custom made by Edik and his team simply because no one made one he really liked. The insulation is there for, well, insulation. Seriously, that's it, I looked all around it and there were no Nitrous lines or anything goofy like that. It also uses an Aeromotive Fuel Pressure Regulator and adjustable cam sprockets. All in all, it makes around 193 WHP and only revs to a non-Honda like 8500 RPM. Yes, Honda-philes, you don't need to twist to 10,000 RPM to make decent power for road racing, despite what those forum "experts" tell you.
Edik Stepanyan DA Integra
The car uses HASPORT Engine and Transmission Mounts to hold the B20 engine and GSR transmission in place. Don't panic, I'll get to that transmission!


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Tuesday, August 14, 2012 10:45 PM
You don't need fans if you're moving :) Heck, on my S2000 with a Koyo from a cold start, my coolant JUST reaches 85C at the end of my 5 mile drive to work (~12-15 minutes). I bet Edik could idle in pit lane for 20-30 minutes before reaching operating temp from a cold start.

Edik's car has been developed over a good number of years. It's simple, uses easy to attain and reliable (i.e. OEM) parts, and has the goods where it counts.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:16 AM
Edik has built himself a very nice car. Just goes to show when you get the right combo of car, parts, team, and driver, you can win anywhere. Also goes to show why Hondas became so damn popular, even if most Honda owners don't actually build their cars smartly anymore.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 3:40 AM
Edik, congratulations on building an awesome car and sharing about it. We all love reading about high end builds, but there's nothing better than a race car built in a residential garage that goes out and wins. You and your family keep up the great work.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:07 AM
I can definitely vouch for the lack of need for fans in some applications. When I got my car the thermostat was stuck open and never completely warmed up, unless I sat in line at a drive through or a light in a busy city. No AC condenser and no intercooler leaves a nice easy path for airflow through the radiator.
Dan DeRosia
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:32 AM
Nicely done... I love cars like this; just stuff that's at a no-frills, money spent where it needs to be level.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:08 AM
For radiator fans, it really depends on the car.

Our car (which has one 12" fan) gets a bit warm waiting for weigh-in after qualifying, since the line is usually fairly long. I usually try to take it easy on the lap before coming in, but sometimes I need to drive it hard to get one last read on tire pressures before coming off. Temps will also creep a little in the hot pits while setting tire pressures or adjusting something. On a hot day, we're pulling 200-210* coolant temps on the track, so it doesn't take much to get into the "should I turn off the motor?" zone...

But, our G20 has an SR20 (not known for its cooling) and it's turbo, so as always, YMMV.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 10:11 AM
Oh yeah, as a competitor of Edik's, I've got first hand experience seeing how fast this car is. Lots of bling parts are definitely not needed to go fast, especially if you've got a Honda and a large set of cajones. ;-p
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:28 AM
Great article Justin. This car was Beautiful once. Not even a Scratch.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:41 AM
Honda Challenge cars. embarassing west coast tuner cars since 2003 ;)
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 5:24 PM
awesome! b20 non vtec, thats the combo that used to crush some cars on the strip back in the day. glad to hear its still a good combo. was there any work done on the head besides the cams?
Der Bruce
Der Brucelink
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 6:20 PM
I like both the unobtainable and the obtainable rides like this, thanks Justin!

PS Is the Project Defiant drifter now Project Craigslist resale? :p
Justin Banner
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012 9:58 PM
Oh, Der Bruce, Der Bruce... I haven't given up on Defiant1 yet, but I will need to obtain a chassis here in California once I get fully settled. Unless there is someone with a kind enough heart (read: deeeeeeep pockets) that's willing to help me get everything from Virginia to where I live in CA. That would also include my tools. I'm slowly getting my electrical parts/tools here, though it is nothing like I have back in the Home State. If I have to do a new chassis, expect a MK1 version with a solid axle. I'll explain that more if I get it.

Will, according to Edik, there is no port or polish work done to the head. Just cams and cam gears. Even then, it is not that wild considering he is just running 91 California octane!
Wednesday, August 15, 2012 11:07 PM
Edik's motor is a B20-VTEC.
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