Real Drivers: EG Honda Civic (B20-powered)
The Honda Civic is a car rife with controversy. While many in the premium car world cast them off as vehicles for the "chrome wheels and big bumpers" crowd, models from the '90s and '00s were extremely capable and well-designed in every respect, and the earliest '80s examples were incredibly innovative at the time. But their light weight and high-revving Honda powerplants also make them fun to drive, and in Ian Wright's 1995 EG Hatchback, those qualities have been amplified to create a unique and fun car.
This car has had an eventful life in terms of engines, going from the stock, 90-horsepower motor to a Japanese B16, followed by a nearly 180-wheel-horsepower built GSR running aircraft fuel, and then back down to JDM B20. The interior, too, has had carpets and sound deadening removed and fitted with harness-equipped, Japanese Integra Type-R seats. Outside, bespoke Viper ACR dive planes are fitted to the front and a multitude of other legitimate carbon fiber pieces can be seen throughout.
Although the aforementioned critics may still scoff, the car is a demonstration of how to exaggerate the already nice qualities of the Civic and create, as Ian says, "a great driving experience." Enjoy the video, and stay tuned for more Real Drivers and race videos in the near future.