Talking about cars from the Honda manufacturer, of course we will be reminded of cars like the Honda Civic, Accord or even the Acura NSX. It can be said that at the beginning of the 2000 decade, Honda was experiencing a golden age for its cars, each model released at that time had its own uniqueness and advantages.
One of them is the Honda Prelude, introduced in 1978, along with the Toyota Celica, Nissan Silvia and even its own younger brother, the Honda Civic. The Honda Prelude was a Honda factory line-up that had pretty good power and handling in its time, but apparently these factors didn’t make the Honda Prelude a popular choice.
The loss to the prestige of the Honda Prelude made this model stop in production in 2001 in the fifth generation, this factor also resulted in many modifiers reluctant to overhaul this model, modifiers preferring the Honda Civic unit which at that time was still the belle of compact vehicles that could be relied on in urban road.
But the factors above have no effect on Big Mike. Big Mike The first time he bought a Honda Prelude from a friend, when he bought the vehicle, Big Mike got a unit that was no longer in standard factory conditions.
The Honda prelude that he had just bought had adapted the flow of Street Racing modifications, the Prelude he had installed has undergone several changes to the exterior appearance and legs,
It was felt that the previous modifications had not yet fulfilled his taste, Big Mike decided to reorganize his Prelude by upgrading the legs to coil over and changing the color of the vehicle with a fresher paint with maroon red, Mike also added Carbon Fiber Hood, on his Prelude, as a result at that time Mike managed to win several local modification contests that were held around his residence.
Play With Colors
But his satisfaction did not last long, instead of buying a new project car, Mike prefers to change the appearance of his car again by changing his Prelude color back to the green color used by local ranger vehicles, Mike’s choice of coloring on his Prelude brings a lot of clicks. admiration from his comrades.
After experiencing 2 changes to the appearance of his Prelude which has become an inspiration to other modifiers, 2 versions of his Prelude have each been the cover of Honda’s modified Magazine, namely Honda Tunning , 2 times supporting success with his prelude, Mike is not satisfied, so in the end in 2016 Mike had his car remodeled again, this time getting even more radical.
Big Changes From The Kitchen Runway To The Interior
Mike decided to remodel the kitchen runway on his car, Mike gave new life to his car by swapping his original Prelude engine for a Honda Accord F20B engine that was only available in Japan in the 2000s, Mike also gave aesthetic value to his Prelude engine room, by providing colors on his Custom Cover Valve , Mike also adds a Custom Header , Aftermarket Fuel System and many Custom parts , which are embedded in his Prelude which makes his Prelude now have 460 horsepower, and torque of 360 nm, Mike also gives each unit of the bolt on the car, a bolt that has been uniformed from before using a hexagonal bolt, becomes an allen key or L. key.
On the aerodynamics side, Mike customizes the main lights into intakes that give more air to the engine room, to help the performance of the Garrett GTX28 Turbo Version, according to the third version of his Prelude mike has an extraordinary level of complexity, because most of the embedded parts are custom parts only in special production for himself.
Finding a lot of trouble is definitely happening considering the modification Mike made this time is the most radical modification but according to Mike “the biggest limitation we have is in our own minds, if you can put aside enough laziness, impatience, and belief in instant things then you are. can pursue perfection on the project you are doing, “said Mike.
On the exterior, Mike also returned to make changes by customizing his front bumper, Mike unified the Jun Aftermarket bumper and the original Honda bumper, on the fenders Mike also customized his original fender to add a Pressure Relief Zone to his vehicle. Next to the side skirt, Mike returned to customizing his sideskirt by taking inspiration from the sideskirt used in Nascar racing.
On the interior, Mike added a roll cage to add security and strength to his Prelude, every cluster from Honda Prelude has been replaced with Aftermarket parts , and customizes every existing panel, and provides finishing with Alcantara material in all corners of the interior of the car.
The Perfect Chase
Every detail in this car has been done to look and function perfectly, every centimeter of mike’s Prelude modification, it is done symmetrically even in the things that many people notice, like the example on Mike’s prelude trunk.
According to Mike, this third project has 3 main points in his Prelude work, execution patience and details, apart from hard work, knowledge, inspiration, innovation, dedication, and a lot of money, but it turns out that according to him, fun is also an important factor when you guys try to dive into the world of modification
Normally it only has a protrusion on the left to put in, spare tires in case something goes wrong, but Mike feels that if there is only one bulge, the car will feel less symmetrical, so finally Mike customizes the entire trunk so that it has the exact same bump on the right and left the Honda Prelude, it didn’t stop there, Mike also changed the way to open the trunk to just pull the knob without using a key
As a finishing touch to mark the birth of the third version of his Prelude, Mike again changed the color of the monil to space gray with a clear finish that is layered with 4 layers, and recently Mike also added a custom livery to the side of his Honda Prelude.
One of the automotive media from America, Donut Media, said that the Big Mike car was an illustration if a Steve Jobs had a project car, because Mike’s Prelude was done very carefully and carefully, like a Steve Jobs who continued to innovate to the point of perfection.
To stay updated with Big Mike’s Honda Prelude project car, you can check his Instagram at @thebigmike, because Mike is reportedly going back to work on his latest project car , do you think what car is lucky enough to get the touch of the perfectionist Big Mike?