We FOUND The LOST Fast and Furious Integra! | Bumper 2 Bumper

We FOUND The LOST Fast and Furious Integra! | Bumper 2 Bumper


– Monica! Los Angeles, 2001. Four cars line up for
an illegal street race with hundreds in attendance. Behind the wheel of a highly modified red and yellow Acura Integra is Edwin, portrayed by literal rap god Ja Rule. It’s murder! The race begins, engines
roar, tires squeal. Ja Rule does his best to
pilot his ride to victory, but comes up short. – Monica! – Despite the loss, the bright little Integra became a legend and is now perhaps the most famous Integra in the entire world. But how did it make it on screen? Who built it? Well, I’m gonna tell you all about it. It’s time to go splitter to spoiler, red to yellow, bumper to bumper, on Ja Rule’s Acura Integra from the freaking “The
Fast and The Furious”. Monica! (rock music) (synth music) This episode of Bumper to
Bumper is sponsored by Acura, and we couldn’t think of
a better car to feature than this legendary sport compact. I know you’re frothing at the mouth to hear about this car. But to really understand it, we have to go back to the mid 70s. American cars back then sucked. And they couldn’t compete with more affordable Japanese cars. Detroit was hurting. (intense music) United Auto Worker
leadership went to Japan and asked the automakers to voluntarily limit the amount of cars they exported into the US. In the meantime, Honda
still had to make money, and decided to build fancier cars for a higher profit margin. They launched a luxury brand called Acura. Japan’s other automakers followed suit. Toyota had a baby called Lexus, and Nissan birthed the Infiniti. The Integra was born in 1985, same as me. It was sporty, yet cushy compact car. Thanks to double wishbone suspension and eventually a VTEC engine, the Integra quickly became
a driver’s favorite. – [Announcer] A joy to drive. – With the Integra’s status
as underground tuning legend, it made perfect sense
for it to be included in “The Fast and The Furious”. The film’s producers knew that this car was loved by
the movie’s core demographic, young people who liked cars. But when they found this car, they noticed something strange. This Integra was not
built by a young person. It was built by a 60-year-old banker. What? Bill Kohl was an old dude who took copious notes
on everything he did. He also loved cars and building them. In the mid 90s, Bill Kohl met up with
Bill Neumann of Neuspeed. You ever heard of it? Kohl had a proposition. “How’s about I build a sweet
sports car with your parts “and you get a sweet sports
car for your booth at SEMA?” And Neumann was like “Hey, that sounds like a great idea. “Win-win, let’s do it.” And the hunt was on for the right car. Kohl wanted a badass sports car that was also reasonably priced, and figured that the Integra
GSR was the perfect choice. After all, it was the fastest
car in the Honda family, you know, besides the NSX. (synth music) Neuspeed hooked it up with a
complete suspension overhaul. AEM handled the electronics
and MOMO covered the interior. To make sure the Integra
sounded as good on the inside as it did on the outside, Polk Audio supplied a full sound system. And when the car was done, everything that could have
been modified was modified. It was the epitome of 90s tuner culture, and was a mainstay at
Neuspeed’s SEMA booth for years. (synth music) So it was only fitting
that when Bill showed up to the casting call for “Redline”, AKA “The Fast and Furious”,
it’s called a working title, director Rob Cohen loved the car. He was surprised though that
Bill was a 60-year-old man and not a teenager. But honestly Rob, no teenager could ever afford
to build a car like this, except for maybe Tanner Fox. These paint jobs are frankly caricatures of what the producers
thought young street racers would have on their rides, but the Integra is a little different. First of all, it’s got a real racing number plate on it. 12 wasn’t chosen by accident. That number belonged to Randy Pobst who won the 1996 North
American Touring Championship in a yellow Honda Accord
sponsored by Neuspeed. When it came to the color scheme, it was pretty easy. Because Neuspeed, AEM, and MOMO all use red and yellow
motifs in their logos. It’s kismet, there’s no accidents. We’re all just stardust. The Wings West body kit and
white MOMO racing wheels top off the exterior and make this Integra the hottest on the planet. No wonder the producers
didn’t change anything on it when they cast the car. (synth music) This Integra is what’s known in the biz as a hero car or a principle car. These are the ones that have all the mods and are shot up close, usually with actors in them. Most of the stunt driving
is done with stunt cars, which look the same on the outside but have none of the
expensive mods underneath. Supposedly, there were four stunt doubles based off of this Integra. One of them is living in
a car museum somewhere, and the others were probably crushed. (metallic crunching) Now this was a show car, so the engine bay is just
as pretty as the exterior. Because it’s not just
what’s on the outside. It’s what on the inside
that really counts. Even for big Hollywood actors
like this Integra and me. But don’t think for a second that the engine’s just been dressed up. The GSR came equipped with the
legendary B18C1 VTEC engine. It makes sounds like this. (mimics engine) VTEC! VTEC engines can change
their cam profile on the fly, which unlocks more power
as the revs get higher. But this engine ain’t stock. It’s got an AEM cold air intake which feeds air into the
overboard throttle body. That’s some more power, baby! On top of that, it’s got a Type R intake cam
for even more power, baby! Exhaust leaves through a DC Sports headers and exhaust system, that’s a name I haven’t heard in a while, while power goes to the front wheels through an Exedy clutch
and a lightweight flywheel. (synth music) Pretty much everything
that this car rides on has been modified with sweet,
sweet period correct parts. It’s got Koni adjustable shocks and Neuspeed lowering springs for that perfect sport
compact ride height. Everything that ties the wheels to the car has been swapped out too. Sway bars, end links, bushings,
a camber adjustment kit, steel brake lines, and
four piston AEM brakes. Even though this thing
never saw the racetrack, Bill Kohl made good on his promise to build a sweet sports car. (synth music) With all of these mods, you would 100% be the
king of autocross in 2001. And now for the reason we came, VTEC. (yelling)
(thunder) (heavy breathing)
(door chime beeping) (trap beat) Menage! Just sitting in this car,
I feel like it’s 2001. I am Ja Rule. I need a denim jacket
and a paisley headband. This is as close to being in
“The Fast and The Furious” as I will ever be. As for any future ones, I am available and I have credits if you are currently one of the producers or involved in the casting
of “Fast Nine” or 10. Hit us up at info.donut.media. (trap beat) These new speed belts hold you
into the MOMO Nascar seats, and these MOMO belt covers make sure things stay comfortable. On the dash is a signature
from Ja Rule himself. “Pain is love,” writes Ja, and Ja knows about pain. He passed up on being in the second movie because he thought he rap career was about to really take off. So they cast Ludacris instead. That’s actually what happened. My favorite part of the interior is something we’ve never
featured on Bumper to Bumper. The sound system. Now you kiddos might not know because car audio is really good now, but banging speakers used
to be an essential mod. Now this baby’s got the
creme de la creme of 1999. A Sony C7050 stereo compact disc player, MTX 280-watt amp, Polk/MOMO MM455 front speaker set, Polk DS6 rear speakers, and a 10-inch sub. It’s been a while since I’ve
heard a system like this, and I think you guys need to hear it too. So, without further ado, let’s see what 1999 sounds like. (engine starts) (trap beat) ♪ More power, baby ♪ ♪ More power, baby ♪
(engine revving) ♪ More power ♪
(engine revving) Monica! (synth music) Bill Kohl sold the Integra shortly after the release of
“The Fast and The Furious”. The current owner, Gabriel Tremblay, found the car almost by
accident late one night on Ebay. You guys all know how that goes. He’s looking for a DC2 Type R, but couldn’t pass up the chance to own this piece of history. After securing the car, he wanted to verify that it was indeed the one on the screen. So he tracked down Eddie Paul, the guy who built the
stunt cars for the film. Eddie let Gabriel in a secret document called the key car list. This ledger has all the vin numbers and locations of “The Fast
and The Furious” hero cars. Every owner of a real
“Fast and Furious” hero car has this list. Obviously they keep the
contents of this list secret, otherwise unscrupulous
people would spoof the vins and build fake hero cars. Makes sense. The list verified that this Integra was indeed the real thing. (synth music) The attention to detail Bill
Kohl put into this build elevates it above other
sport compacts of the era. I’m so glad the people who
owned the car after him have chosen to preserve it. Because they didn’t have to. After all, this thing
is barely in the movie. But what it lacks in screen time it makes up for with a great
story and a lasting legacy. This Integra embodies Acura’s dominance of the sport compact game in the 90s. You take this thing
anywhere in the country and people are gonna say “Monica!” I want to thank Acura for
making this episode possible. Look for more fun stuff with
us and Acura in the fut! Let us know in the comments what other Acuras you want to see episodes Bumper to
Bumper or Up To Speed on. I love you. I used to think forever,
I thought he was saying “The nos, yeah!” (laughter) Or he would say “Menage.”

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