[home][rumors and news][model release matrix][dealer network][desktop calendar][exhaust notes][tov forums][links][search][sponsors][garage][login]

Tire Rack Upgrade Garage
 Search for a Dealer:
 Canadian Flag US Flag
 Honda Acura
 ZIP  
Acura
There are currently no active Acura promotions
Honda
There are currently no active Honda promotions
Japanese Vezel MMC hints at styling updates for coming 2019 HR-V refresh
More.......................
American Honda Reports January Sales Results
More.......................
2018 MDX gets the updated ODMD 2.0 user interface from the 2018 TLX
More.......................
Hondata releasing FlashPro for Civic Type R on March 30th!
More.......................
First impressions and some background info on the 2019 Acura RDX Prototype
More.......................
2019 Acura RDX Prototype Debuts with Evocative Styling, Higher Performance, New Tech and Luxury Appo
More.......................
Live from Detroit! 2019 Acura RDX Reveal
More.......................
Honda releases more information on the 2019 Insight
More.......................
Videos --> Re: 2018 Honda Accord Sport - (Zack) One Take
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: 2018 Honda F1 PU
Join Discussion......
Professional Motorsports --> Re: 2018 F1 Car Launches
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: How BIG is HONDA?
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Volvo V60 Sexy
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: 2018 Jaguar F-Type Coupe 2.0T test
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: New comprehensive cradle-to-grave LCA study and economic assessment of LDV GHG reductions
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Car&Driver 2018 BMW M5 Review
Join Discussion......
Today's Reading Links --> Re: Hyundai Kona EV - a tale of two headlines
Join Discussion......
Ridgeline - General Talk --> Road Trip, at last!
Join Discussion......
General Talk --> Re: Acura RLX Launches Back At Home As The Updated Honda Legend
Join Discussion......
Ridgeline - General Talk --> Re: Ridgeline MMC Desired Changes
Join Discussion......
Fuel Cell Technology --> Maintenance minder
Join Discussion......
Photoshops --> Re: Future Honda HR-V Rendering
Join Discussion......
Civic --> Re: Black CTR in parking lot
Join Discussion......
Jump to:
How Oscar Got His Name Back
I mentioned that I'd purchased supercharger kits from Oscar's previous two aftermarket companies - Jackson Racing and Kraftwerks. And now this CR-Z kit is produced by, yes, Jackson Racing again. How does that work? Well, we won't get into too many technical details at this point, but the short of it is - a number of years ago Oscar got a great offer to sell the Jackson Racing supercharger business to Moss Motors of Oxnard, CA. Moss is a large automotive aftermarket parts retailer and wholesaler and Jackson Racing's lineup of supercharger kits for a variety of cars (not just Hondas) was a great fit for them. So Oscar sold the Jackson Racing brand, the technical knowledge and the rights to the supercharger kits to Moss. He also sold his Westminster shop to a former employee, Mark DiBella (great guy, shop is now called MD Automotive). And then he rode off into the sunset. Or so we thought.

Turns out modifying cars was too ingrained in his psyche to just leave. After a short break, he returned to form Kraftwerks Superchargers in a partnership with Skunk2 Racing. On the surface, this looked like a match made in heaven. Skunk2 has tremendous resources, top notch marketing, and a reputation for producing very effective parts for Hondas. Add in Oscar's supercharger development expertise and you had the makings of a powerhouse. Only this time, it wouldn't be with Eaton superchargers. Rather, for a number of reasons, Jackson chose to use a relatively unknown (in the States) supercharger manufacturer called Rotrex. The Rotrex supercharger is a centrifugal style unit, which means that it looks like a turbocharger compressor housing with a belt drive instead of an exhaust turbine. Historically centrifugal blowers have been characterized by high efficiencies, but modest low rpm boost potential. They are also bulky (but easier to mount than positive displacement blowers) and usually very noisy.

Now, I've often called centrifugal blowers the worst of both worlds. They don't offer the instant off-idle torque of a positive displacement supercharger, nor do the offer the stonking midrange of a turbo. But they do offer great high rpm power and you don't need to mess with the exhaust or fabricate an intake manifold. And for a traction limited street car, not having a major torque hit down low is not necessarily a bad thing. On top of that, the Rotrex setup tends to produce better low rpm boost and is ultra-quiet - something the makers of other centrifugal blowers are only just catching up to.

TOV got its first taste of the new Rotrex kits from Kraftwerks in the AP2 S2000. Both Jeff and I were thoroughly impressed with how smooth, tractable and fast the car was with a mere 8-9 psi and an exhaust system. In fact, I was so impressed that I ended up picking up a kit for my AP1 a while later. After the introduction of the S2000 kit, Kraftwerks produced a kit for the Honda Fit, Mazda Miata and began working on setups for the 8th gen Civic Si. They also successfully raced Rotrex equipped Hondas in landspeed competition with Hondata (pushing an RSX to nearly 240 mph at Bonneville) and in road racing/time attack with SportCar Motion. Unfortunately, it was about then that internal differences between Jackson and the owner of Skunk2, Dave Hsu began to arise. In the end, Oscar ended his participation in the day-to-day operations of the company as well as future product development.

But that still wasn't the end. Since he still retained rights to use Rotrex superchargers in the United States, Jackson decided to press ahead with other products he wanted to develop. And one of those was to be the first aftermarket forced induction kit for a hybrid that was CARB approved and emissions legal. Which brings us, finally, to the CR-Z.



[Previous Page] [Next Page]

reader's comments
Click Here to Submit Your Comments

Viewing Threshold (What is this?)

[fancy] [flat] [simple]
Date Thread Starter Thread
08-25-2012 16:45
Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
iutodd
08-25-2012 18:54
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
08-27-2012 07:50
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
Dren
08-27-2012 12:25
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
08-27-2012 13:07
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
Varmint
08-27-2012 18:07
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
08-28-2012 13:33
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
Varmint
08-28-2012 16:29
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
08-29-2012 17:22
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
Varmint
08-31-2012 23:00
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
DCR
09-01-2012 13:14
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
P54
09-02-2012 12:52
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
09-03-2012 12:52
Re: Thank you Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
Nick GravesX
08-26-2012 02:22
2nd generation Honda Fit?   (Score: 1, Normal)
cyisalwayshungry
08-26-2012 12:53
Re: 2nd generation Honda Fit?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
08-27-2012 18:12
Re: 2nd generation Honda Fit?   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
08-27-2012 20:56
Re: 2nd generation Honda Fit?   (Score: 1, Normal)
notyper
08-29-2012 09:09
Re: 2nd generation Honda Fit?   (Score: 1, Normal)
cyisalwayshungry
08-27-2012 12:16
Some comments   (Score: 1, Normal)
TonyEX
08-24-2012 23:16
Great Review! (CR-Z owner)   (Score: 1, Normal)
Inspire97
08-25-2012 06:55
Re: Great Review! (CR-Z owner)   (Score: 1, Normal)
Nick GravesX
08-25-2012 09:11
Re: Great Review! (CR-Z owner)   (Score: 1, Normal)
Grace141
08-26-2012 01:47
Re: Great Review! (CR-Z owner)   (Score: 1, Normal)
superchg2
08-26-2012 19:57
Gracias Shawn   (Score: 1, Normal)
xsr
08-26-2012 19:44
Oscar killed the icf!?   (Score: 1, Normal)
Fan Koni
Jump to:
TOV Video: 2019 Acura RDX Walk-around with LPL Steve Hansen
Read Article....................
TOV Photo Gallery: 2018 North American International Auto Show
Read Article....................
2018 Acura RLX PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
TOV First Drive: 2018 Honda Accord
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Specifications and Features (FINAL)
Read Article....................
2018 Honda Accord Hybrid PR Photo Gallery
Read Article....................
Contact TOV | Submit Your Article | Submit Your Link | Advertise | TOV Shop | Events | Our Sponsors | TOV Archives
Copyright © 2017 Velocitech Inc. All information contained herein remains the property of Velocitech Inc.
The Temple of VTEC is not affiliated with American Honda Motor Co., Inc. TOV Policies and Guidelines - Credits - Privacy Policy