Strapped to the dyno and controlled by the brainpower of a Hondata K-Pro ECU, the engine recorded a most satisfactory 850 whp. Since then he's added the gas, which should see the car hitting 1,000 whp-and still fully road legal. "Everything on the car is based around the magical 1,000 whp figure," Paul says, except for the gearbox.

Paul had high hopes of setting a time that would strike fear into his rivals when he turned up at the final event of the 2007 season with a potential 1,000 whp under his right foot. But the gearbox was a weak link, as you might expect, and blew up on his first run. Game over for 2007.

Paul will be contesting the Japanese Racer Series again this year and hopes to take the crown for the third time. He's invested in a PPG gearbox, which has already been proved on the strip to cope with 1,000 whp, so that should sort out the weak link. He'll also be competing with a new head and probably relocating the gas bottle into the passenger footwell to lower the center of gravity and provide a shorter pipe run. "With the gas my aim is to break into the 9s," Paul says. "Whether we can or not is a different matter. The proof will be in the pudding."

Specs
Engine
K24 2,557cc
Brian Crower 2.6L stroker kit
CP low-compression pistons
Brian Crower Pro series connecting rods with heavy-duty ACL bearings
Brian Crower balanced crankshaft
ARP rod and head bolts
ERL Performance Superdeck I sleeved block
ERL Performance high-flow oil pump
Cometic Gasket head gasket
Full-Race Garrett roller-bearing GT40 turbo kit
Remote twin TiAL wastegates and screamer pipes
Hondata K-Pro ECU with wideband lambda
AEM 3 bar map sensor
JDM ported and flowed inlet manifold
RC Engineering 1,600cc injectors
AEM high-volume fuel rail
Aeromotive fuel pump
Aeromotive fuel pressure regulator
Swirl pot
Goodridge fuel lines
Hondata heat shield gasket
TODA throttle body
HKS induction system
Brian Crower F1 spec cams
Valvesprings and titanium retainers
TODA vernier cam pulley
TODA heavy-duty timing chain adjuster
HKS iridium spark plugs
Spoon earthing kit
Spoon race battery and stay kit
Spoon oil cap
Vision oil breather catch tank
Spoon magnetic sump plug
Spoon reservoir covers
Pace alloy radiator
Mugen high-pressure radiator cap
Mugen thermostat
Mugen thermostat switch
Samco hoses
Mugen N1 exhaust system
Enjo engine mounts
NOS progressive wet system

Transmission
Quaife five-speed dog box
Quaife limited-slip differential
Competition Clutch twin-plate lightened and balanced flywheel/clutch kit
Drive Shaft Shop driveshafts
Quick Shift kit

Brakes
Spoon four-pot brakes
DBA grooved vented discs
AEM rear big disc upgrade
Stainless Steel brake lines
Ferodo DS2500 pads
ABS

Suspension
Tein mono flex coilovers
Mugen N1 track rods
Antiroll bar
Spoon upper and lower strut braces
SPC rear alloy arms
SPC camber adjusters

Wheels/Tires
Buddy Club P1 SF alloys 7.5x18
Buddy Club alloy wheel nuts
215/35R18 Yokohama Parada Spec 2

Exterior
Nemesis body kit
VIS carbon bonnet
VIS carbon adjustable rear spoiler
VIS carbon tailgate
SPA carbon mirrors
PIAA wipers

Interior
Corbeau carbon Kevlar FIA race seat
Luke harness
Titanium eye bolts
Mugen HOA rollcage
Carbon door cards
AEM air/fuel ratio gauge
Defi boost gauge
Blitz R-VIT digital display
HKS EVC 6 boost controller
Spoon steering wheel
Spoon titanium gear knob
Mugen pedals

SOURCE
Tein
N/A
www.tein.com
TDi Power Tuning
Toda ERL Performance
New Albany
IN
erlperformance.com
Hondata
2341 W. 205th St.
Torrance
CA  90501
3-10/-782-8278
www.hondata.com
HKS
BC Brian Crower Spoon Sports
Energy Supension AEM
N/A
www.aempower.com