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Old 05 Aug 2013, 11:38 pm
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Default How can I make a Honda Civic fast?

1995 Honda Civic Hatchback

A group of people including myself want to put about 200k into it to make it as fast as possible.

What are some good things to do to make it fast???

We want it to be comparable to lambos and ferrari's in speed.
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Old 05 Aug 2013, 11:50 pm
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Spend your 200 grand on another car, and viola!
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Old 06 Aug 2013, 12:01 am
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200k? Yeah right!
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Old 06 Aug 2013, 12:16 am
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get another car...or for $200,000 you can get a car that's already finished and ready for the track...but if everyone's investing money into it then who's car is it? who's going to drive it? if each of you are putting down $10,000 then 20 people are going to own the car? that's just stupid...
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Old 06 Aug 2013, 12:31 am
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lol, $200,000?

Get a new v-6 or 8 engine, if it could fit, and new intake and exhaust systems.

Or get a new car. A mustang or Chevy or Dodge or some shit.


"We want it to be comparable to lambos and ferrari's in speed."

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Old 06 Aug 2013, 12:46 am
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You're not going to smoke any Lambos in a Civic. They can only be pushed so far and so fast before you'll just flat out need a bigger engine. And Civics are front wheel driven, which means they aren't set up for maximum performance. Farraris and Lamborghinis are mostly mid engine, rear wheel, or all wheel drive, meaning they are just flat out better set up for racing to begin with. Not to mention those high end cars are built with a better balance for racing than anything the civic can put up.

But if you want to put some performance into it you can look into turbo or supercharging. You're also going to want to tune the chassis, get good racing tires (without traction all the added HP is worthless), get good brakes, get a racing shifter, even performance seats, and do lots of other work on it. If your engine is smaller you may want to look into engine swapping to a bigger more performance oriented engine (not that you're going to get too far engine-wise, Civics probably won't take a big block V8). If you're into it, nitros are popular with some drag racers, and such extra performance enhancers. Don't waste your money on groundkits, spoilers, and other mods unless you know you'll need them. Most cars aren't going to benefit from those type of mods. Most of those mods are only effective at very high speeds anyway. They are meant to create extra downforce, reduce drag, and otherwise help in the general aerodynamics or your car. But because Civics are front wheel driven, a huge spoiler on the back isn't going to help put down traction in the right place to get the maximum benefit anyway.

You'll also want to consider what kind of racing you want to do. Whether you want to do more of a rally type, or drag racing, etc. This is actually very important because you'll want to put you money into different parts, tuning, etc., for different types of racing. For example, nitros might be important for drag racing, where you're just looking for straight line speed, whereas nitros aren't as important to rally racers who have to make more technical turns than worrying about punching it down the straightaways. Each type of racer will look for different mods that are more tailored to his specific type of racing.

If you are really serious about it here are some good tips for getting started:

And if you're not very familiar with how a to build a car, or what parts you need, then you're going to want to familiarize yourself with what it takes to take apart and rebuild components and sections of your car. Also, going to a motor speedway and actually talking to guys that race Civics will tell you a lot about what mods others use, what kind of class you'll want to race in, and other valuable information that will help you in your own mods.

If you're not planning on racing on a track then I wouldn't recommend getting too many racing parts because 1) it's dangerous, 2) it's illegal, 3) you're not going to have enough of, or the right kind of, road to push your car to the limits anyway. Traffic, pedestrians, lights, etc., all make street racing too risky for any thrill you'll get out of it. If you're going to race, race on a track.

Other than that, have fun! Hope you can get some performance out of that thing!

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Old 06 Aug 2013, 01:04 am
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Wow how embarrassing. Period.
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Old 06 Aug 2013, 01:25 am
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I'll save you about $100k. Go buy a brand new GTR with your group cash and race it as a team. You'll have $100k left over for mods. Hell you can buy a used R35 for like $65k.

Obviously this is all hypothetical since you won't get nearly that much money together. I'd venture to say you're real budget is $2000 spread between 30 people.
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Old 06 Aug 2013, 01:35 am
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Unfortunately civics ain't worth crap, if I were you, I would trade it in for a 3.5 Altima. I've seen a modified one take out a civic, s2000, mustang, integra, accord, mazda 3 etc.
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