Boost, launch control, anti-lag and VTEC - Robin's shed built EK Civic is a bit of a monster.
The term ‘build’ is thrown around very loosely these days. To some, building a car is as simple as wheels, coilovers and a few subtle changes… this clearly wasn’t the definition Robin Kavanagh had read. You see much like the mad scientist in Frankenstein, Robin is a crazy man who has created a monster in his shed which has to be seen to be believed.
Starting off with a lowly 1.4, Robin had dreams of creating an EK that would dominate on the drag strip as well as drawing major attention on the road. If this wasn’t crazy enough, then taking on this project with limited mechanical knowledge and learning as he went along was the icing on the cake.
It was clear from the offset that the stock engine had to go and it was soon replaced by a B18 block which was treated to a full bottom end rebuild, oversized pistons, new Eagle rods, custom crank and ARP hardware. This increased compression but the biggest jump in horsepower came with a Precisions 6262cea ball bearing turbo supported by AEM V2 management.
Unfortunately raw power is nothing if it can’t be put down therefore Robin strapped on a S4C LSG gearbox with M-Factory final drive to increase the torque throughout the rev range, fitted a stage 4 ACT clutch to handle the power, bolted on some Meister-R coilovers so it could be thrown hard into corners and added some D2 Racing 6 pot callipers to help it stop.
On the outside there is a distinct track inspired look to the car which wears 16” Rota Grids with sticky Yokohama AD08-R tyres while Dev-Sport front canards and Top-1 rear and side diffusers make the car more aerodynamic.
Inside the interior has been stripped and fitted with a PLM X-brace and Accord Type R seats with green Takata harnesses to help keep the driver and passenger held in tightly when it launches off the line.
The sum of all these parts makes for a tyre shredding beast which pops, bangs and snakes its way up the tarmac with more power than is sane.
However, unlike most underdog stories this one doesn’t have a happy ending. Having an engine that was designed for drag use meant that the car has an unrealistic lifespan for a road car and rather than having to rebuild the engine every 5,000 miles Robin has decided to split it and begin a new project.
Edit: Good News! – Robin has had a change of heart, deciding that his labour of love was too good to be broken for parts. We agree! – and who knows, the mad scientist may have something else up his sleeve…