There are plenty of ways to get more power out of your everyday car. Turbocharging and supercharging remain two of the most common. However, this custom-built Honda Prelude showcases another more radical solution to the horsepower problem – adding an entire second engine.
That’s right. Peel away the bodywork of this 2000 Prelude and you’ll find not one, but two 2.2-liter Honda engines – one in the front, one in the rear – supplying a massive 400 horsepower in total and driving all four wheels. It’s certainly not something you see everyday, that is unless you live in Oregon where this car is up for the taking.
Or is it “these” cars? According to the owner, this twin-engine Prelude is the amalgamation of two identical 2000 Honda Preludes, both of which sustained accidents. When prompted with a nine month senior project, a team of engineering students decided to graft the good portions of both cars together, and from a distance, the custom side scoops may be the only telltale indicator that something special lives in the trunk. Or the quad exhaust tips.
To drive, simply turn one key in the standard ignition and then fire up the second motor via an additional key slot in the center console. The builders have linked both engine throttle cables and transmission linkages, so a simple shift of the automatic transmission does double duty for both powerplants.
Whereas a standard 2000 Honda Prelude serves up zero to 60 mph in 6.7 seconds, the seller submits that this car will hit 60 mph in around 4.5 seconds. That’s quick, though you won’t be able to take all of your friends along for the ride. The Prelude forgoes backseats for the rear engine compartment.
Is it a bit odd? Well, yes. But could it clobber muscle cars off the line? We should think so.