RSX Goes to Infiniti– and Beyond!

Glenn Swanson
by Glenn Swanson

LA-based Hondata modifies Honda engine computers (or ECU’s) for enhanced performance. According to the Hondata website, company co-founder Doug Macmillan drove a modified 2003 Acura RSX to four new speed records during the Bonneville Nationals Speed Week. The specially-prepped car was run in the “altered coupe” and “competition coupe” classes. With a gas-fueled, 2.0-liter, 270hp modified Honda K20 engine, the RSX set a one-way speed record at 172 mph. On another run, switching to a combination of VP Racing Fuel plus nitrous oxide, the [now] 390hp RSX captured a one-way record of 190.1 mph in the “fuel” class. Pretty impressive given that the K20 engine in a base Acura RSX Type-S normally generates 200 HP. If you fancy some of this action, the non-profit Southern California Timing Association (SCTA) offers the oxymoronic opportunity to engage in “safe and participant friendly land-speed racing events."

Glenn Swanson
Glenn Swanson

Glenn is a baby-boomer, born in 1954. Along with his wife, he makes his home in Connecticut. Employed in the public sector as an Information Tedchnology Specialist, Glenn has long been a car fan. Past rides have included heavy iron such as a 1967 GTO, to a V8 T-Bird. In between those high-horsepower cars, he's owned a pair of BMW 320i's. Now, with a daily commute of 40 miles, his concession to MPG dictates the ownership of a 2006 Honda Civic coupe which, while fun to drive, is a modest car for a pistonhead. As an avid reader, Glenn enjoys TTAC, along with many other auto-realated sites, and the occasional good book. As an avid electronic junkie, Glenn holds an Advanced Class amateur ("ham") radio license, and is into many things electronic. From a satellite radio and portable GPS unit in the cars, to a modest home theater system and radio-intercom in his home, if it's run by the movement of electrons, he's interested. :-)

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  • Jeff Puthuff Jeff Puthuff on Aug 28, 2007

    What does it have to do with Nissan's luxury division? Do you mean infinity?

  • Kansei Kansei on Aug 28, 2007

    I'm confused about the Infiniti reference as well.. I see nothing about Infiniti here?

  • Glenn Swanson Glenn Swanson on Aug 28, 2007

    Once upon a time... There was a Disney / Pixar movie (plus sequels) named Toy Story. One of the cartoon charicters in the movie is named Buzz Lightyear. When swinging into action, Buzz would often exclaim: To infinity... and beyond! Actor Tim Allen did the voice for the Buzz Lightyear character in the Toy Story films and the TV movie. There's no tie-in to the Infinity automobile brand. It's just a play on words, in that the Acura RSX went so fast that, if he were there, old Buzz might well have exclaimed that it went: To infinity... and beyond!

  • Philbailey Philbailey on Aug 29, 2007

    The "Fastest Indian" did a lot better - for a lot less.