Eibach Meet, Part One: Going Faster

Finding speed in the midst of stuffed animals.

By Aaron Bonk

We like going fast. Most of the cars at Eibach’s annual all-Honda gathering prefer looking cute. Even so, we found 15 examples of all manner of Hondas that each put an emphasis on going faster yet still look remarkably good while doing it—no tow-hook-dangling stuffed animals required.

Its twelfth meet now in the books, this year’s Eibach meet-up drew scores of Honda lovers from all over the globe and, according to the event’s staff, 900 participating vehicles. That’s a lot of Hondas by any measure, which means we won’t be dispensing our take on the yearly meet in a single post. Stay tuned for Part Two: Engine Bays That Mean Business.

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Kids, trust us when we say that there are few things more impressive than functional aero and tires that look like they belong. And by functional aero we mean a front splitter and rear diffuser that play off of one another to establish a balanced chassis, side skirts that help keep air pressure low underneath, and a rear wing that, if you go fast enough, can increase downforce and improve traction.

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Blending the worlds of track car, show car, and what could conceivably still be considered a street car isn't easy. This Civic hatch ticks all three boxes in a subtle yet color-coordinated sort of way. Plus, we're partial to anything that's still got a B-series in it.

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The days of buying an NSX and sheltering it in the garage in fear of things like withering rubber trim and depreciating values are numbered. The new generation of used-NSX buyers are doing a funny thing: modifying them beyond what their 1990s owners might've approved of and sending them off to the track where they belong.

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Want a lesson in proper aero? Refer yourself to the Spoon Sports and Go Tuning Unlimited record-setting, time attack Civic. Among its most impressive features—and one that's credited as being largely responsible for the car's success—is its completely flat underside that helps retain low air pressure but with a high velocity underneath. Its wing, on the other hand, according to the people at Go Tuning, plays an extremely small role in all of this.

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Spoon Sports has a long and legendary racing history in Japan and, in recent years because of its partnership with Go Tuning, has been able to expand that lineage into the U.S. with projects like its 2015 Super Taikyu Fit that debuted at the 2014 SEMA show.

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The other famed Japanese racing tuner, J's Racing, partnered with one of Southern California's oldest Honda-friendly tuning shops, Pit Crew Motorsports, to show off its third-generation Integra track car. You don't know it, but many of the engine swaps, performance mods, and parts interchangeability that you take for granted nowadays was conceptualized out of that small speed shop located in California's San Gabriel Valley.

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You need not spend a whole lot of money to go racing. A lot of times, all it takes is a 25-year-old Civic, the right tires and suspension, and an outlet like VTEC Club, an all-Honda time-trial series that'll expose you to some of Southern California's best road courses.

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Or you could forget about doing anything cost-effective and go ahead and throw a turbocharged K-series engine into your Civic. Do it in a four-door if you want to make things even more challenging.

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You want 10-inch-wide rims on the front of your Integra. You need 10-inch-wide rims on the front of your Integra. Expect an update on VTEC Academy's Project 1993 Integra one of these days where we'll show you what you'll need to do to make all of that happen.

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Well-executed. Simple. Timely. It's all of these things that make this fourth-generation Civic drag car so special. Its owner didn't go over the top with useless upgrades for the sake of making useless upgrades and, instead, focused on what matters, like a reasonably sized turbo, for example. The factory distributor with its spark plug wires and an Integra Type R intake manifold prove as much.

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Maintaining any fourth-generation Civic some three decades later is commendable. Doing that and successfully racing it is even more impressive. Yet another example of what '88-'91 Civic owners ought to aspire to.

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This. You're intimidated by it and you haven't even seen it in person. Kind of makes those rainbow-colored lower control arms you just bolted on seem sort of silly, huh?

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The purist in you is a little upset that the Si's native B16A2 is no longer there. But the genius in you knows that there will never by anything wrong with plopping a 3.2L V6 engine underneath the hood of any Civic.

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And that goes for del Sols, too.

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One final candidate for the performance-minded cars of this year's Eibach meet, this another turbocharged, K-series sedan only destined for the drag strip and not the road course.

 

Nothing but Hondas. That’s exactly what you’ll find at VTEC Academy. Not because some of the other automakers’ cars that inherently drain the life out of the driving experience bore us, but because Soichiro Honda’s passion for motorsports and his company’s ability to express that in the machines they produce make a whole lot of sense.

VTEC Academy is a place for Honda fans who feel the same way and who seek the most accurate technical information and commentary to continue that very legacy and make whatever Honda it is that they drive just a little bit better. And faster.

The editors and contributors of VTEC Academy are some of the industry’s most experienced and trusted, which means the informative, unique perspectives you need are all right here. And, like you, we’re also obsessed with Hondas.

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Aaron Bonk first took an interest in Honda performance in the early 1990s. After studying mechanical engineering, he established Holeshot Racing—one of the first tuning shops to specialize in Honda engine swaps. There Aaron developed many Honda-specific engine transplants, long before engine mount kits and aftermarket wiring harnesses were realities. After more than a decade of development and professionally swapping Honda engines, he later transitioned into a career as an automotive journalist—authoring three Honda technical books—and has since held staff positions and contributed regularly to nearly a dozen print and online publications. To be sure, there’s no author who’s penned more words about the Honda brand. Aaron is the Editor and co-founder of VTEC Academy and resides in Southern California.