This Mercedes-Powered RWD Turbo Prelude Is Perfect For Drifting

This Honda Prelude has been given a Mercedes engine and most of the suspension from an Opel Omega B, but it drifts like it was born for it.

This Mercedes-Powered RWD Turbo Prelude Is Perfect For Drifting

This rat-rod Honda Prelude has a Mercedes engine and most of an Opel’s suspension but is the absolute perfect drift mobile.

The Honda Prelude isn’t exactly the most popular car when it comes to drift tuning. First of all, it’s normally a front-wheel-drive car, which isn’t the best for skidding around corners. Second of all, its stock engine is considered a little underpowered for pushing its wheels faster than the pavement wants too grip them.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way. This particular Prelude is a 4th generation VTEC, which stock contained a 2.2-L DOHC VTEC H22A1 inline 4-cylinder engine producing 187 hp and 153 lb-ft of torque. Nothing to write home about, even back in the heady days of the late ‘90s.

However, that’s not the engine this particular Prelude has. In fact, we don’t know what engine it is: the driver didn’t speak English and the translator never got the specific engine spec. We know it’s from a Mercedes and it used to have a supercharger, which makes it likely from an old Kompressor from the late ‘90s and early 2000s.


The supercharger was removed and replaced with a much larger turbocharger. Exact power figures aren’t really known, but it’s expected to have over 200 hp.

Once you get underneath, there’s virtually nothing of the original Prelude remaining. The entire subframe is from an Opel Omega B, as is the new rear differential, while the suspension is from an Opel Vectra--both of which are big, heavy sedans, so putting them on a much lighter Prelude makes for a surprisingly smooth ride.

Interior is mostly stock, however the steering wheel has been replaced by one wrapped in suede, while the parking brake is now just a giant metal rod with a My Little Pony stuck on the end. It’s Rarity, just in case you were wondering. Don’t ask how we know that.

Finally, there’s a tiny exhaust tip that’s just a bit of rolled tin in a cylinder stuck to the back fender with a welded piece of metal. It’s entirely for show since the exhaust now comes out the hood.

It won’t win any beauty contests, and it might not even win that many races, but this Prelude is the perfect drifter.


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