What better to cover as our first ever feature car, than a car which sticks to the very same values as we do here at Jap Car Videos? Before we get to those values let's take a look at how this car came to be...
I'll set the scene; you're a young man about town with a penchant for fast cars and a fair level of mechanical expertise, about to begin University studying Motorsport Engineering. There's a large cash sum on the horizon by way of a student loan. Do you look forward to buying top of the range books and stationary? Maybe you find yourself some sweet student digs and stock up on booze? Hell no! The obvious answer is - you buy yourself a grandad spec Civic and turn it into a bad ass fast road machine! And that's exactly what Jules did.
Whilst parts were sourced and stockpiled, the first area of the car to be targetted with improvement was the chassis. Adjustable coilovers, EK9 steering rack, fully upgraded brake package and a plethora of under and over braces were fitted to get the car turning and stopping as any respectable street car should.
With many parts now gathered, including a low mileage H22 which had spent it's life chugging along connected to an auto box, it was time to begin building up the engine. The internals were swapped out for higher compression forged items and the head was loaded up with fast road spec items, by way of Mahle, Skunk2 and Bisimoto, amongst others. As this was a first engine build and a large investment for a student, time was placed a distant second to making sure everything was assembled correctly.
During the engine building process, Jules took advantage of any good weather to fit some subtle styling parts to the otherwise quite plain Civic. On the outside this included a front and rear lip kit, sideskirts, boot spoiler and JDM wind deflectors. Carbon fibre bonnet and boot (or trunk if you're from Stateside) not only look good but also save a fair few kilo's from stock.
Inside the grey, monotonous interior was torn out and swapped for something a bit more fitting, by way of Type R red carpets, Recaro recliners and Type R instrument cluster and a sat-nav / DVD unit. Function was added by way of an increased visibility rear view mirror, Momo racing wheel and multiple gauges to keep the future engine closely monitored.
With the engine all built, it was time to drop it and it's B series gearbox buddy into the car and give it the grunt to match it's handling. The engine bay was prepped with a coat of rattle can green, in sync with the do-it-yourself attitude of the build. Hasport engine mounts were installed and the heart of the monster was plumbed in.
After starting her up and ironing out a few issues, all that was left was to take the short drive over to Pro Speed in Wales to have a 3" stainless steel exhaust fabricated and high flow cat installed, followed by a dyno session at Endless Horizon to get the mapping sorted and a power figure for bragging rights. The outcome? A very respectable 245bhp from the naturally aspirated unit.
And how do the values of this build match the values of Jap Car Videos? Well, like us, this car is all about function. It was all built at home in a garage. It doesn't pretend to be something it's not. And above all else, it may not be the most polished, but you better believe it gets the job done!