In the spirit of sharing some of our favorite build projects, we wanted to share this project which is currently being undertaken by our friends over at Sportcar Motion in San Diego CA. The car in question is a Honda some of you may recognize, the former owner Mike Chang of Evasive Motorsports experienced a successful couple of years behind the wheel as a Street Class time attack car before selling it to Renzo Marsano, owner of the '94 Civic we featured back in October 2010 (Always In Motion, Oct. '10). Renzo has some serious plans for his newest pick up, so lets start from the top.
Shortly after purchasing the car, Renzo decided that the top end needed a bit of beefing up. He turned to respected and well-known Honda tuners Skunk2 for a complete head package. At this point, the car was still on a stock bottom end K20A, so nothing really that crazy going on here. But if you doubt the ability of the chassis, just wrap your head around this for a minute. During competition at the 2011 Super Lap Battle finals, Renzo was able to run a 2:02.xxx at Buttonwillow clockwise configuration 13, a time that is less than 2 seconds off pace with our own former Project EVO X, an AWD turbo car with significantly more power and grip. That's pretty impressive for a N/A FWD car, but not impressive enough for Renzo and the guys over at Sportcar Motion.
Renzo's next phase of the build was to increase the displacement, and after installing a 2.4 liter bottom end, he was able to reach the 2:00.xxx mark in December of 2011. With further plans for increased aerodynamics and wider tires, Renzo hopes to break into the 1:58.xxx zone in 2012. Stay tuned as we bring you more updates on the build!
Engine Honda K24 naturally aspirated inline-4 Engine Modifications 12:5 CP X-forged pistons; Cunningham rods; IPS KME cams; complete Skunk 2 valvetrain, Pro Series intake manifold, Mega Power header; OEM Acura TL throttle body; P2R throttle body adapter plate; Custom 2.5 inch exhaust; Hytech custom oil pan; Sportcar Motion custom oil cooler; ATI super dampener; RC 650cc injectors; Mugen low temperature thermostat;
Engine Management Hondata Flash Pro
Drivetrain '08 Civic SI transmission w/ 4.7 final drive; Kazz LSD
Suspension/Tires/Wheels Tein Monoflex coilovers; J's Racing roll center adjusters; ARP wheel studs
Wheels/Brakes/Tires Weds TC05 wheels 17x9 (f) & 17x8 (r); Dunlop Starspec tires; Endless Si big brake kit w/ Endless race pads
Interior Recaro bucket seats; Takata harness
Exterior JDM FD2 full conversion (f/r) w/ rear wing; Seibon
Mugen style carbon fiber lip (f)