When I started building the Civic Type R engine swap in January 2017, all I had was a K20C1 engine, a Civic Si white body, a lot of spare parts, and hope that I would finish it before that year's race season ended. By summer the car was driving--and the rest is history. It's now coming to the close of 2019--looking forward to another year (and perhaps another look) with the race car.
#TBT: With three Qualifying sessions complete at the 2015 SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Daytona International Speedway, I was sitting in the second position. I was about 0.2 seconds behind the number one qualifier. Did I have a chance to gain the Pole position? My odds did not look good.
Your speed on a straight isn't only determined by your horsepower. It's also influenced by the speed you went through the turn leading onto the straight and how soon you go to full throttle. Here is a perfect example, (illustrated by passing a Porsche), aided with just a little bit of a draft as well. This video was filmed in my Honda Civic Type R Engine Swap at Road America.
Watch a documentary of Honda Research and Development's associate race team at the grueling 25 Hours of Thunderhill endurance race in Northern California. At the event, we raced two Civic Type Rs. The team comes together from around the world--the United States, (Ohio and California), Canada, and Japan. I'm in the video too, talking about this exciting endurance race, my great teammates, and the engineering behind the Type R.
Ross Bentley is not only one of one of the best professional race instructors in the business, he is also a genuinely kind person. He loves what he does, and it shows through he work and his demeanor. (If you don't know of him, but you're into driving race cars, then read my favorite book in his Speed Secrets Series: Ultimate Speed Secrets.)
I was lucky enough to have met him at a work training event, when I was at the beginning of my racing career, and we've stayed in touch ever since. Check out Speed Secrets episode 124 of his podcast, where we talk about the SCCA National Championships, racing, and more.
A lot of you have been asking about my new WedsSport #TC105X wheels. In this video, I explain how these wheels do two things: (1) make my car look good and (2) make me faster on track.
You would think that waiting 30-minutes for your fast food order to get filled is a bad thing--but this event led to a serendipitous turn of events.
Fast laps require more than just putting the pedal to the metal. You have to also be smooth, quick, and precise--all while adapting to the surrounding cars as well as any changing weather conditions. It's not easy, but I love the challenge of it. See what it looks like--from inside the car--as I make a lap around Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course at a #GRIDLIFE Time Attack event.
In April of 2019, I participated in my first #GRIDLIFE event thanks to my sponsor, Acuity Instruments. My Honda Civic K20c1 is mainly an SCCA race car, but for the #GRIDLIFE events, I change the set-up so I can run in Time Attack. We are taking part in #GRIDLIFE this year because we wanted to check out the series and learn more about it--it's wild and fun. Watch the video to get a fast, front-seat view of the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
After two seasons of never losing a race, the last thing I expected was to have my race car taken away from me. However, that's exactly what happened.
In late 2018, I was very excited to receive a prototype of Acuity Instrument's 10th Gen Civic Fully Adjustable Shifter. Immediately, I put it into my Honda Civic K20C1 race car to test it out.
In October 2017, I got lucky--all of my hard work building the world's first Honda Civic Type R engine swap paid off and my car was showcased within the Honda booth at that year's SEMA show. It was a huge honor.
Ever wonder what it's like to start a race from last place?
S3 Magazine was correct: Engine swaps are at the core of the Honda game. That's one reason why my Honda Civic Type R engine ended up in a 2017 Civic Si Chassis.
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