Miguel Carrera is a Santander, Spain-based 23 year-old automotive technician who’s within the strategy of stuffing a 306 horsepower Civic Type R engine right into a 2,100 pound fifth-generation Honda Civic. It’s all a part of an epic challenge geared toward reaching a power-to-weight determine on par with that of a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. It’s all a bit insane.
Some individuals don’t get the attraction of the Honda Civic Type R. Why drop 35 grand on a front-drive sports activities automotive when you will get a Subaru WRX STI for a similar worth? Part of the reply comes right down to inside area, gasoline financial system, and, most significantly, weight. (Not having to channel energy from the engine to the wheels out again has clear benefits, even when “traction” isn’t one in every of them).
But even the present Type R, at over three,100 kilos, is way from a feather in comparison with Civics of yore, which is why Miguel—a scholar studying motorsports mechanics at Monlau Repsol Technical School in Barcelona—goes to mix the perfect factor about at the moment’s Type R—the highly effective motor—with the perfect factor about his 1992 Honda Civic Eg hatchback—its spacious and light-weight bundle.
The engine, a Okay20C1 turbocharged inline-four from a wrecked 2015 FK2 Type R is basically the identical engine discovered beneath the hood of the all-new 2017 Type R. Which means it’s a monster.
Working alone in his storage, Miguel has already eliminated the automotive’s entrance finish module with plans to interchange it with a mix of aluminum and carbon fiber. Here he’s drilling the spot welds and eradicating the chunk of metal from the automotive’s nostril:
Here’s a greater have a look at what’s been eliminated:
Yes, Miguel isn’t content material with the fifth-generation Civic’s already ridiculously low curb weight; he plans to take it even additional. In reality, he’s determined to ditch the entrance subframe as nicely, changing it with a 14-Pound-Lighter 4340 chromoly metal tubular setup:
To match some larger, stickier tires, Miguel rid of the inventory wheels for some light-weight BBS ones off an Evo IX (they weigh about the identical because the stockers, however they’re 17-inchers, which match larger tires and brakes):
And his inventory entrance brakes have been changed by these “floating” type 13-inch discs, that are about two kilos lighter than the inventory rotors:
But whereas weight-savings mods talked about to date contain pretty main elements, Miguel isn’t simply stopping on the huge stuff. He’s seeking to shed each final pound, even going to date is to supply a “race alternator”:
Hell, even the heater core is getting changed to save lots of over 17 kilos:
Miguel instructed me he’s doing this challenge as a result of it’s totally different—a swap that he says has by no means been executed earlier than. And for that cause, it’s going to be a hell of a job, with Miguel saying “I’ll need to develop all the parts…nothing is invented.”
His CV axles, for instance, can be customized, as would be the spindles and the engine mounts. Between these specially-made elements, the radiator that he’s going to have to determine how one can bundle, and the truth that he has to plan a method to get the engine and all of the equipment to suit beneath that hood, this construct goes to be arduous. Just take a look at the picture to the left wherein Miguel is doing a little bit of clearance-ing with an angle grinder to make room for gearbox bolts and to offer some area for the engine to maneuver on its mounts.
The excellent news is that it Miguel has the engine bolted up utilizing the customized engine mounts, and it seems to suit!:
Miguel instructed me over messenger that he plans to interchange some physique panels with carbon fiber, swap out some engine pulleys in addition to the flywheel and headers, and throw in a sequential gearbox in some unspecified time in the future.
Ultimately, he desires to cut back the load of the automotive—which is 2,100 kilos inventory, although the engine weighs 176 kilos greater than that manufacturing facility motor—right down to beneath 1,940 kilos complete. That will yield an influence to weight of about 6.33 kilos per horsepower, or about the identical as that of a 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat. That’s simply nuts.
You can take a look at Miguel’s Instagram web page, eg_k20c_built, to observe alongside because the younger mechanic units up the powertrain, and works to drag as a lot weight out of this 295 lb-ft monster (which he plans to race, after all) as he probably can with out going over his $17,000 price range.
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