iM Feature: Punit Patel’s 2001 Acura Integra

When one initially steps into the car scene, you see what others do and take note. Some follow suit, others directly copy another one’s style and there are a few who will break that barrier and do something that’s completely unheard of. Eventually, one will start to realize that a real project car, always progresses and will never really be, a “finished” project.

When illmotion’s very own Punit Patel was in search of his project car, he sought after one of Japan’s most popular tuned cars, the Honda Integra. Known as the Acura Integra here in North America, Punit originally wanted to acquire a Championship White Type-R. At the time of his search, the Type-R was pretty hard to find. With no luck on the Type-R, Punit set his eyes on a Milano Red SE Model. This was only the beginning.

The first stage of Punit’s Integra started with the basics. Rear wiper delete, a fresh paint job, color matched door trims, a rear window visor, CF Hood & Trunk, LED instrumentation, in-car electronics & audio, HIDs, Coilover suspension, Apexi World Sport exhaust, JDM Recaro Front Seats & Rear Bench, and a set of 16” Rotas were the start of his addiction. 

Since Punit didn’t acquire the Type-R that he originally wanted, that didn’t stop him from getting a Type-R motor swap. Unsatisfied with the look of the 16” Rotas he originally put on the car, Punit stepped it up with a set of gold 17” Work Meister S1s. 

With positive reception from friends and peers, Punit, like everyone else in the scene, had his fair share of haters. Would the hate stop Punit? Nope. It only helped Punit push the Integra to new heights.

On its third stage, Punit decided it was time to do something to the Integra that had not been done before in Calgary’s scene. Adding a few pieces like Raybrig fog lights, a Spoon N1 exhaust and OEM Integra Window Visors were just a taste of what was to come.

With downtime during the winter here in Calgary, Punit opted for another motor swap; the K24A2 from the Acura TSX. If that wasn’t enough, Punit sold the Meisters and took it another step further with a set of 16” CCW Race-Version Classics. With stance being a big thing in the car scene at the moment, best believe Punit was on point when it came to fitment. 

The K24 motor swap wasn’t an overnight success, as it did have its ups and downs (oil pans what’s up) and the fitment may not have appeased everyone’s tastes. But because of Punit’s patience and understanding of having a car project, this is one Integra that was built according to how the owner wanted it to be. 

With a recent car accident this summer (not at fault), Punit thought it might have been the end for his Integra as it could’ve been dismissed as a write-off. However with good graces on his side, the Integra is back and running better than ever. With the Carbon Fiber trunk & hood now color matched, custom teal powder coating done on the CCW faces, and an authentic Gen.1 Mugen rear wing, the car project continues to keep going…

…and going harder every year.

Honda K24A2
Hondata K-Pro
Hasport Motor Mounts
RBC Intake Manifold
Griffin Full Size Rad
T1R Catch Can
T1R Reservoir Tank
Custom Paint Valve Cover (ARC Inspired)
Custom Made Spark Plug Cover
T1R Oil Cap
AEM Fuel Pressure Regulator
Hybrid Racing Fuel Rail
Hybrid Racing Shifter Box
Hybrid Racing Race Header
Fuel Pressure Gauge
3rd Oil Pan with Skid Plate
Password JDM Cooling Plate
T1R Test Pipe
Spoon N1 Exhaust

CCW Classic’s 16×8.5+15 w/ 205/45/16 all around
K-Sport Coilovers
ASR Subframe Brance
ASR 24mm Sway
Buddy Club Camber Kit
T1R Chromoly Racing Lug Nuts

VIS OEM CF Hood (Painted)
Aero Catch Hood Pins
Seibon CF Hatch (Painted)
Type-R Front Lip
OEM Integra Window Visors
Rear Window Visor
Mugen Gen 1 Spoiler
6000K Hids
Raybrig OEM Fog Lights

Black JDM ITR Reacro Front Seats
Black JDM ITR Rear Seats
JDM ITR SRS Steering Wheel
JDM ITR Gauge Cluster
Honda S2000 Pushbutton Start
5 Panel Wink Mirror
Megan C-Pillar Bar
ITR Shifter Boot
JDM DC5-R Shift Knob
Shift Extender
Pioneer Avic-D3 Double Din Deck
2 10″ Pioneer Subs
Audison Amp
Compustar Alarm

If the pics left you wanting more…great news! Our homie, Reggie, at FourPlusOne In Motion did what he does best and made this sick video!

FourPlusOne – Punit’s K24 Powered Integra from FourPlusOne inMotion on Vimeo.


9 responses

  1. Nit


    August 15, 2011 at 2:05 PM

  2. Rhys@revwerks

    looking fresh, as always!! P-unit

    August 15, 2011 at 5:17 PM

  3. Anonymous

    Oh man looks like there is a punit on the passenger seat… kidding nice ride!!!!

    August 15, 2011 at 8:07 PM

  4. Anonymous

    “Punit, like everyone else in the scene, had his fair share of haters. Would the hate stop Punit? Nope. It only helped Punit push the Integra to new heights.”

    August 15, 2011 at 10:45 PM

  5. Anonymous

    So fresh.

    August 16, 2011 at 2:51 AM

  6. Anonymous

    primer + steelies > ccw's

    August 16, 2011 at 4:12 AM

  7. Anonymous

    i want a mugen gen 1 now…. fuck!

    August 16, 2011 at 8:06 PM

  8. Anonymous

    They told me no. I told them YES – Dj Khaled

    August 18, 2011 at 1:19 AM

  9. Anonymous

    God forgives I don't. Rick ross. Rozay.

    August 24, 2011 at 3:12 AM

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