Miguel Carrera is a Santander, Spain-based 23 year-old automotive technician who’s in a routine of stuffing a 306 horsepower Civic Type R engine into a 2,100 bruise fifth-generation Honda Civic. It’s all partial of an epic plan directed during achieving a power-to-weight figure on standard with that of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It’s all a bit insane.
Some people don’t get a interest of the Honda Civic Type R. Why dump 35 grand on a front-drive sports automobile when we can get a Subaru WRX STI for a same price? Part of a answer comes down to interior space, fuel economy, and, many importantly, weight. (Not carrying to channel energy from a engine to a wheels out behind has transparent advantages, even if “traction” isn’t one of them).
But even a stream Type R, during over 3,100 pounds, is distant from a plume compared to Civics of yore, that is since Miguel—a tyro training motorsports mechanics during Monlau Repsol Technical School in Barcelona—is going to mix a best thing about today’s Type R—the absolute motor—with a best thing about his 1992 Honda Civic Eg hatchback—its atmospheric and lightweight package.
Working alone in his garage, Miguel has already private a car’s front finish procedure with skeleton to reinstate it with a multiple of aluminum and CO fiber. Here he is drilling a mark welds and stealing a cube of steel from a car’s nose:
Here’s a improved demeanour during what’s been removed:
Yes, Miguel isn’t calm with a fifth-generation Civic’s already ridiculously low quell weight; he skeleton to take it even further. In fact, he’s motionless to embankment a front subframe as well, replacing it with a 14-Pound-Lighter 4340 chromoly steel tubular setup:
To fit some bigger, stickier tires, Miguel absolved of a batch wheels for some lightweight BBS ones off an Evo IX (they import about a same as a stockers, yet they’re 17-inchers, that fit bigger tires and brakes):
And his batch front brakes have been transposed by these “floating” character 13-inch discs, that are about dual pounds lighter than a batch rotors:
But while weight-savings mods mentioned so distant engage sincerely vital components, Miguel isn’t only interlude during a large stuff. He’s looking to strew each final pound, even going so distant is to source a “race alternator”:
Hell, even a heater core is removing transposed to save over 17 pounds:
Miguel told me he’s doing this plan since it’s different—a barter that he says has never been finished before. And for that reason, it’s going to be a ruin of a job, with Miguel observant “I’ll need to rise all a parts…nothing is invented.”
His CV axles, for example, will be custom, as will be a spindles and a engine mounts. Between those specially-made parts, a radiator that he’s going to have to figure out how to package, and a fact that he has to digest a approach to get a engine and all a accessories to fit underneath that hood, this build is going to be arduous. Just check out a picture to a left in that Miguel is doing a bit of clearance-ing with an angle millstone to make room for gearbox bolts and to produce some space for a engine to pierce on a mounts.
The good news is that it Miguel has a engine bolted adult regulating a tradition engine mounts, and it appears to fit!:
Miguel told me over follower that he skeleton to reinstate some physique panels with CO fiber, barter out some engine crane as good as a flywheel and header, and chuck in a consecutive gearbox during some point.
Ultimately, he wants to revoke a weight of a car—which is 2,100 pounds stock, yet a engine weighs 176 pounds some-more than that bureau motor—down to underneath 1,940 pounds total. That will produce a energy to weight of about a same as that of a 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat. That’s only nuts.
You can check out Miguel’s Instagram page, eg_k20c_built, to follow along as a immature automechanic sets adult a powertrain, and works to lift as most weight out of this 295 lb-ft beast (which he skeleton to race, of course) as he presumably can but going over his $17,000 budget.
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