Borrowing Style: A US-Style Japanese Civic

I certainly wasn’t going to come away from StanceNation in Odaiba without spotlighting a well modified Civic. And it was tough selecting a car that would be a worthy ambassador for what is a rather large slice of tuning culture in Japan, mainly due to the fact that there were many great examples to choose from.

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Most of the EK Civics I’ve shot over the years have been primarily built for performance. They haven’t had much regard for looks other than aerodynamic additions that are there for the sole purpose of creating downforce or cleaning up airflow.

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But when I spotted this particular car, I knew I had to share it with you guys. To me, it represents a great fusion between function and form. Plus, its US$1 bill lined engine bay was hard to ignore.

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The super-clean B-series engine is running all the right upgrades, along with one of the most well executed titanium induction pipes I’ve come across. I’m not quite sure about why it’s split in half – maybe air travels like electricity and when potent enough can actually skip over gaps? I don’t know, but it was cool and unique to say the least.

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The exterior is simple and to the point with a carbon splitter, bonnet and under-skirts all contrasting again the deep metallic red paint.

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16-inch American Racing mesh wheels are a nice touch too.

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A carbon roof wing and diffuser tidy things up at the back, but it was the attention to detail inside that everyone was taking notice of.

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While I am a believer that the simpler approach is alway the best, I do appreciate when people take extra time to make their cars stand out; merging performance and looks on cars that are built to be fast but at the same time look good and stand out. Plus, it’s always so interesting seeing the Japanese take ideas from the US Honda scene and interpret them in their own ways.

Dino Dalle Carbonare
Instagram: speedhunters_dino
dino@speedhunters.com

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1

Mint !

2

Less rear camber, different wheels and a normal intake, and I'd like it a lot!

3

I'm rich as fk, therefore my car is a 14 year old Civic.

4
Gianluca FairladyZ

that intake mod.... epic fail... such a pity  because the tube structure and the weldings are really beautiful..!

5

Gianluca FairladyZ totally agree, i actually really like the rest of the car but i can't for the life of me figure out whats going on with that intake

6

Was there an air filter at the other end of that pipe?

7

Is there an air filter at the other end? That is a pretty piece of titanium though.

9
AlyssonAlbuquerque

Remember the AEM cold air intake foam piece to keep from sucking water? They never worked. Now this setup gets cold air and  definitely no water.

10

Good thinking, but Im guessing the air will be substantially heated as it passes through.
My theory is that the two ends are connected with plastic which would ruin the look. So it was removed for show

11

Speedhunters that engine bay is just bad.

12

@Ratpacker because rich people can't love old hondas..

13

So can anyone explain the induction here? Surely if there was any kind of debris that finds it's way into the bay (flicked up stone or something), it would surely be sucked right in?

14

glorious Ti intake into a factory spec rubber hose????

15
speedhunters_dino

Omnigear hahaha

16
Gianluca FairladyZ

I think the owner on this car achieved what he wanted with this induction setup. Everyone's talking about! hehe!

17

I don't understand this at all.

18

@Ratpacker because those aren't actually $1 bills.

19

I will think of this car the next time I'm conflicted about the true value of investing more in car parts versus a stripper's future.

20

The intake could have a dual duty idea to it. Short ram for daily driving (I hear short ram gives better gas mileage) and the rest to funnel colder air while "spirited driving". It wouldn't be ideally straight in, but I'm sure the higher velocity would at least cool the air entering by a few degrees.

21

SimTibbett Speedhunters ass. finished the sentence for you :)

22

wow. that deep red is th ebest color ive seen in a long time

23

Hydrographic wrap.

24

The pin striping on the strut bar is a lovely touch.
I'm intrigued with how something as large as an engine bay is hydrographically dipped...
Damn you gods of print and signage! I've only just come to terms with the idea of giant all over car stickers (or wrap as it's commonly known), now you throw a system like giant air fix transfers for full sized vehicles at me! How is it not covered in fingerprints or stuck to the applier's fingers?! What is this devilry?!

25

Clear aluminium. It's the only answer.

26

Cut through metal part, push pipe through, attach air filter to end of pipe under bumper and valance. I run mine in a similar fashion (if slightly less well presented)

27

Hey Dino, I see he removed the windshield wipers. Is that a common practice with tuners in Japan??

28

Taste. Finished it again for you...

29

Hahahaha!!! The best explanation ever about a split intake.

30
jbfromsiliconvalley

Tell the owner I'll gladly ship him usdm parts in exchange for parts from his domestic area. At first I thought this was shot in LA, then I red the title.

31
jbfromsiliconvalley

Also, air, when traveling over a split path and according to Poiselle's law, travels against decreased resistance with decreasing turbulent flow and increased velocity and pressure. So the split pathway pictured in this intake is sure to heat the Civic's muffler bearings. That concludes today's physics lesson

32

jbfromsiliconvalley I've haven't got a clue what you just said, but it sounds like genius!

I'm gonna cut up my air intake right now!!

33

I love this car. I am extremely confused but I love it none the less.

34

Putastickeronit Fullness

35

I'm getting a flash back of my late 90's & early 00's
honda import scene...minus the spike lug nuts...

36
jbfromsiliconvalley

rook56

Go ahead and do it. Lol

37

I keep thinking "strippers would be going crazy." Great attention to detail. I'm not sure how well the intake works because engine air would be mixed in with the cold air, but the craftsmanship and dedication to pursuing a theme is second to none. Cool car.

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39

Well, that's one way to use your gangster roll of Washingtons...

40

Looked good...until I saw that stance and wheel setup. 
Killed it for me.

41

For some reason I just really like this car :).

42

I have the same battery clamp on my RST!! HA ha! Ahem....anyway. Fab car, money money money!!

43

Couldn't resist...

44

Option86 Likely the result of influence from the So Cal Honda scene.

45
Fifty5engineering

My sentiment exactly.

46

why it is always have to be a honda eww

47

What type of Hood is on that thing? is that a carbon piece or stock, with painted underside?

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