For anybody dwelling exterior of Japan, Video Possibility and Scorching Model VHS tapes within the ’90s supplied an actual perception into what was then a largely unknown tuning tradition. It didn’t matter that most individuals couldn’t perceive what was been mentioned in these movies; the visuals did all of the speaking.
Whereas the EF era Civic was launched previous to the height of JDM tuning movies, the DOHC VTEC SiR variant featured frequently of their footage, and for good purpose. Typically, they’d been seen taking down much more highly effective and costly equipment.
Pete Ward, the proprietor of this EF Civic – technically a Euro-spec EC9 – constructed his automobile to be efficient on the observe with out breaking the financial institution.
Beforehand, Pete owned a BNR32 Nissan Skyline GT-R in the identical shade of gray, however at the moment he lacked the finances proportionate to the automobile’s working prices. As soon as the GT-R was bought, Pete had the funds construct to a automobile that was maintainable, however equally as fast round a observe because the Nissan. That in fact led him to a Honda.
Two months into possession (slightly over eight years in the past), the Civic was pulled off the street and stripped of its D14A engine in preparation for its race automobile transformation. The subsequent bit didn’t occur as shortly although, taking six years to get the Honda to a whole sufficient state for observe use.
Pete painstakingly researched each modification to make sure they struck the precise steadiness between value and efficiency. We’d all love a Spoon Sports activities B18C engine overnight-freighted from Japan, however the long-block value alone (the equal of £11,600) would empty the coffers fairly shortly.
A 1.8L DOHC VTEC B18C from a 98-Spec DC2 Honda Integra Kind R was chosen and bought, then given a fundamental inner check-over earlier than being fitted within the automobile with Revolutionary B-swap mounts, and thrown a host of bolt-on components.
Highlights embody a GizFab customized consumption with Ramair filter, Spoon 70mm throttle physique, Walbro 255lph gas pump, Tegiwa headers, a Revel Medallion exhaust, Spoon sump, Mocal oil cooler and a Hondata S300 V3 ECU mapped to 210hp and 135ft-lb. The engine was paired with a rebuilt EK9 Civic Kind R S4C gearbox fitted with a MFactory 4.9 closing drive and Mugen 1.5-way plate LSD.
Below the pores and skin, the Civic has acquired a lot of suspension modifications, with all arms and bushings having been upgraded or changed totally with components predominantly from Skunk2 and Hardrace’s catalogues. BC Racing BR-series coilovers present damping and set the journey top in any respect 4 corners.
For wheels, Pete selected 16×7-inch Workforce Dynamics Professional Race 1.2s (a staple of the British tuning and motorsport scene), wrapped up in Nankang AR1 semi-slicks. For stopping, you’ll discover a Ok-Sport 286mm 6-piston entrance brake conversion and EBC pads on the rear.
As you’d count on, the Civic’s inside is naked bones. There’s a full Security Units roll cage and Recaro and Stätus bucket seats with SCHROTH Racing harnesses, plus a Nardi steering wheel and a Ok-Tuned Professional-Circuit shifter with a BattleCraft shift knob.
With so many EF Civic house owners adopting the kanjo racer look of race-inspired graphics or loud color schemes in recent times, Pete’s automobile seems to be remarkably restrained by comparability.
One of many Civic’s authentic shopping for factors for Pete was a excessive normal of bodywork restore, solely let down by a poor paint job. A contemporary respray in Nissan Gunmetal Grey Metallic fastened the latter, with a fibreglass sunroof delete panel, Chargespeed entrance lip and rear wing, and eventually EK Civic facet skirts to drag the look collectively.
I’ve had the fortune of seeing Pete’s automobile out twice at Curborough Dash Day occasions, and whereas the Civic wasn’t formally timed in these cases, a stopwatch tells the story of a automobile that’s a lot faster than it seems at first look.
There’s a purpose why Honda has regularly been considered one among, if not the most effective maker of front-wheel drive sizzling hatches, and once you enhance them additional your self – as Pete has efficiently finished right here – the outcomes will be staggering.