Although it may not be so familiar in its current guise, this body has been around for some years and was originally campaigned by Gary Morrell in Honda Cup New Zealand. It ran a B18CR back then, before it traded hands and the new owner lunched the engine. After trading hands a few more times, it wound up in the possession of Mitch’s boss, who let Mitch drive it. It took only one track day before cash was exchanged and the B20 Mitchell was building for an EK sedan was sunken into the bay — a B20 block housing a knife-edged crank, Eagle rods, and Wiseco pistons, with a B16A head up top fitted with Supertech Performance stainless valves, Brian Crower valve springs and retainers, Comp Cams Stage 2 camshafts, and Z.Speed adjustable cam gears. The combination puts out a very respectable 160kW in a car that weighs in at nothing-flat.
The exterior is kept simple, wearing only a JS wing and front-splitter paired with the Advan windscreen banner and door numbers for that circuit vibe. Throwing it through the corners proved to be nothing for the 205-wide slicks wrapped around 16x7-inch Rota Circuit 8s, and speed was shed thanks to the XYZ six-pot front calipers and 300mm rotors. Unfortunately, the B20 went on to lunch itself later in the day after the photoshoot, but Mitch didn’t seem too fazed and promised to bring it back with something even better inside the bay next year.