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PRL Motorsports P600 Honda Civic Type-R FK8 Drop-In Turbocharger Upgrade Development

As many of you have seen, we began testing a potential drop-in turbocharger upgrade for the FK8 Honda Civic Type-R in July of 2019 . We managed to produce 460+ horsepower and 430+ ft/lbs torque on stock engine and produced close to 500 horsepower with third party testing with our first prototype turbocharger. Though we were satisfied with the results of this particular turbocharger, we still felt that we could design and produce an even better performing upgrade for the community. Here is what we’ve come up with over the past few months:

The PRL Motorsports P600 Drop-In Turbocharger Upgrade for the 2.0L Turbo FK8 Civic Type-R platform (which can also be installed on the 2.0L Turbo Honda Accord and Acura RDX) will utilize a billet 304 stainless steel, dual ceramic ball bearing CHRA for reduced weight and improved durability. This turbocharger retains factory oil and coolant lines, as well as the factory bypass valve and wastegate actuator. Our new CHRA is also designed to increase cooling capacity with its larger water jacket.

Please note, that this above prototype CHRA (left) is not finished machined

For reference, here is a comparison between the factory Mitsubishi TD04-T/C, our prototype turbocharger, and our P600 turbocharger:

Our High Efficiency compressor wheel is significantly taller than most billet compressor wheel upgrades and features the latest technology in aerodynamics (tapered tip exducer, cutback design on blade top edge) for optimal spool and power. This High Efficiency Turbine Wheel also features the latest technology in aerodynamics for optimal spool and power.

The P600 Drop-In Turbocharger Upgrade will be capable of delivering up to 600 wheel horsepower and we also expect similar spool as our prototype unit despite being larger, which was near factory to begin with. Stay tuned as we continue to post updates as they come, and test results once we have a production sample. Pricing is to be determined, but current ETA is the summer of 2020!

15 thoughts on “PRL Motorsports P600 Honda Civic Type-R FK8 Drop-In Turbocharger Upgrade Development”

  1. Ignore me just posting the link to this. Will this be available for non-r X Gen Civics? How will the price compare to your big turbo kit?

  2. PRL… 1 word – AWESOME!

    Just a couple of questions:

    Could you let us see what the spool would be without the turbo blanket please? – so that we could have an apple to apple comparison please?

    Can the stock PTP blanket fit on the new turbo?
    – If it doesn’t would you consider getting one from punk motorsport or PTP? (hopefully at a good rate 🙂 )

    Also, would the turbo blanket cause any issue with the cooling? Garrett says that turbo blankets would cause problems with turbo cooling….

    When you say, ” ‘optimal spool and power’, ‘High Efficiency Turbine Wheel, with the latest technology in aerodynamics for optimal spool and power’ “- care to share any details or comparisons so that we could get a better idea how good it is say relative to the Evo’s Borg Warner 7163? – That too has ceramic ball bearings.

    Ceramic Ball Bearings – freakin Awesome!

    Larger Water Jacket – Brilliant!!

    Please give us updates! Thanks PRL.

  3. At this time we do not plan on offering a drop-in replacement for the 1.5T. We feel that the factory housings and size will serve as a restriction. For this reason, we feel that our big turbo upgrade kit is still the best horsepower per dollar. Pricing is still TBD, but we expect pricing to fall between $2,000-$2,500.

  4. A turbo blanket will not affect spool, but we plan to show all characteristics once we have a prototype piece.

    At this time it is too soon to tell, but stock location turbo blankets should be compatible.

    Turbo blankets cause heat to be held in, rather than escape. So yes, a turbo blanket will most likely increase turbocharger related temperatures a bit. However, the trade off is that surrounding components, such as the inlet pipe, will remain cooler.

    Our wheel characteristics are designed to be comparable to big name brands’ current flagship models. Wide and profiled for maximum surface area and lightness. 🙂

    We will post updates when we have them!

    1. Hi PRL,

      Just a little bit of FYI.. I was rather curious about Mary’s post. Did a little checking and turbo blankets do affect spool/boost levels. It’s from a video from Engineering Explained – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrFeaNGDnOk
      Check out the vid at 12:18 onwards. The turbo blanket, quite conclusively,(at least according to that video) has a great advantage in terms of spool/boost at any gear, especially at full load.

      The other cool take away from that vid is a heat shield between the Hotside and the Cold side of the turbo where the oil coolant lines are. It seems that due to those heat shields the outlet oil temps had barely increased(with the turbo blanket fitted on the turbo! – so that’s quite impressive). I understand that the Ceramic Ball Bearings and the Larger water jackets are for just that purpose but nevertheless – does the P600 come with those heat shields by any chance? Referring to 10:55 onwards.

      Last question guys – is the P600 a twin scroll turbo or a single scroll? Twins seem to to be more favourable in terms of response.

      So hope we could get results of spool without the turbo blanket 🙂 (if you don’t mind..)

      I ain’t doin nothing till I see what you guys(PRL) have in store!!

      Thanks for the reply in advance guys.

    1. This should actually be easier on the factory internals at moderate power levels (400+) due to the torque curve being shifted right a bit. However, at max effort, the stock engine will still have its limitations.

  5. Will you offer internal engine upgrades for those of us who want to be safe rather than sorry, My dealership is one of your PRL dealerships with their own racing team. I spoke to their driver and he was confident to say the stock intervals were very capable for 500whp, here we’re talking 600hp. I’d like to know what recommendations or will you be packaging or offering suggested upgrades for those of us who would rather be safe than sorry.

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