Like many who get their hands on some extra money, I tend to start shopping with it even before the check is cashed. We live in a society where the ‘buy now, pay later’ phenomenon means many of us don’t save up as much.
Consumers can simply pull out their credit cards, dip into lines of credit or get financed to pick up pretty much whatever their hearts desire. Well, times have changed because it isn’t easy to get credit after the sub-prime collapse and those who rolled too hard are now maxed out. From our perspective, it is reassuring to still see passionate projects churned out regardless of how much money is required to get the job done.
The tuner bug got the best of me and AIT took my car in for the prototyping and development of the first-ever widebody design on Honda’s latest Civic platform!
Honestly, its been a while since we saw this kind of money put into a Civic, since the Honda/Acura brands as a whole have lost some of their illustrious street cred with hot products like the RSX, S2000 and of course the NSX ceasing production. I always use the phase “gone are the days when tuners sink $50,000 into a Civic!” However, I might end up eating my words considering Honda enthusiast Justin Fong has done just that.
“I initially picked up my Civic Si back in 2006 and had intended for it to be my basic transportation - nothing more, nothing less… seriously,” states Fong. “But after acquiring a position at AIT Racing (the well known aftermarket aero parts company), I was confronted with a decision that would alter the entire purpose of my humble Civic. So after a few months of working there, the tuner bug got the best of me and AIT took my car in for the prototyping and development of the first-ever widebody design on Honda’s latest Civic platform!”
This move became the basis of Fong’s Civic project: to turn it into a demo vehicle for AIT Racing. “This was to be the first step into the tuning world that now engulfs the car you see before you,” laughs Fong “After the kit had been put on, it was painfully obvious that the car needed a new set of custom wheels to go with its aggressive exterior GT styling. That’s when I picked up a set of Axis wheels and added a few small accents hoping it would put the brakes on the project.” Not a chance.
As the project continued to charge full steam ahead, the AIT Racing GT-i widebody kit was complimented with an AIT carbon fiber hood and trunk. A set of TSX projectors were retrofitted on the front end and a set of Spyder LED tails were added to the rear. With the body work complete, DTM Autobody applied the elaborate two-tone alabaster metallic silver/metallic black paint scheme.
The engine received a handful of goodies to crack the 200 whp marker. A Skunk2 Racing MegaPower header was added, along with a MegaPower exhaust. A Mishimoto carbon intake and some of their cooling gear like radiator and 4-ply hoses were also installed. The head also got a shot in the arm with a port and polish along with Skunk2 Pro Series cams, titanium retainers and fortified springs. The package was capped off with a custom painted teal valve cover, ARC spark plug cover and a carbon fiber intake cover. For now, it’s going to be left to Kraftwerks to complete the intercooled supercharger that they’ve been developing for the Si.