Performance tuning and motorsport in India is still a long way from the level it should be or it is capable of achieving, the country produces more engineers than it knows what to do with! That being said, the country is home to the fastest SOHC 1.5-litre Honda City VTEC, not just in India, but also in the world!
Joel Joseph who owns and runs RACE CONCEPTS, a tuning garage and motorsport team, located on the outskirts of Bangalore, India, built the car with an aim of revolutionising drag racing in the country. Joel in fact has garnered a lot of attention for his work over the past couple years having pretty much dominated the drag racing scene in the country along with numerous wins and championship titles in the National Road Racing Championship. Joel is the country’s most accomplished tuner when it comes to Hondas, and a visit to his workshop reveals an array of both specially tuned road cars as well as racecars, all embellished with a big “H” on their nose, though his crown jewel is a car that looks more out of an episode of the Jetsons than a car that was once meant for the road.
With India’s burgeoning car market adding newer models to the road by the year, a big question was why use a car from 2002? Joel’s answer was immediate where he touched on the car’s capable D15B VTEC 1,500cc engine as well as highlighting the fact that, “In order to strike the right balance between reliability and performance, it’s important to get an all rounder, which the old 2002 Honda City VTEC is. It’s light and nimble and comes with trusted Honda engineering which in turn means the basics are right.” The car currently produces a mind boggling 600 bhp!
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