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9-second Honda Civic VX - H2B Budget-Building Done Right

The bright green 1050hp monster!

Brian McGurk
Apr 24, 2014
Photographer: Eric Tong

One-thousand and fifty horsepower and 723 lb-ft of torque. No, we're not talking about some super exotic, or even a big-block piece of American Iron. All of the aforementioned power and lightning quick, low 9-second quarter-mile passes come from this 21-year-old Civic sporting a built and boosted H2B mill backed by smart purchases and a ton of hard work.

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Carlos Santana isn't some professional race car builder or a silver spoon-chewing millionaire. He works a normal 9-to-5 job like anyone else, has a family to tend to, and in the immortal words of Ricky Bobby, "I just wanna go fast." The H2B beast you see pictured started off as nothing more than an automatic Honda Civic hatchback rusting under a tree that somehow caught Carlos' eye as he was driving home. He offered the owner $500, got the car home, and told his family he planned to transform the hatchback into a full-blown drag car. You can imagine their faces as they heard the words "race car" while staring at a weathered Honda Civic. He recalls, "From that day forward I worked on the car every chance I got. With help from many friends in the first year, I got the car to run with minimal modifications." The first order of business was the power equation. He knew that a B or K Series just wouldn't do, and instead, he opted for an H Series. "A lot of people don't run H-Series cars, especially the H2B, and there aren't any up by me." After some trial and error, Carlos ended up with a custom sleeved H22 block packed with CP pistons and one-off connecting rods. Carlos port-matched the head to his homebuilt intake manifold, then stuffed the top of the engine with bits from Supertech and Skunk2. The huge Garrett GtX4202R wouldn't fit in the Civic's bay on an off-the-shelf manifold, so a custom built version was needed as well as a matching turbo-back exhaust system. Helping to keep things cool is a 90mm air-to-water intercooler and a custom-built intake for the turbocharger. Carlos knew his way around an engine and built his first few setups in his garage, but he was lacking in one very important component: tuning. That's where his tuner, Rick Fedas and the crew at Racetek (formerly Kinetic Motor Works) came in. Carlos adds, "I build everything I have—engines, heads, everything—but I don't know anything about tuning." The big-budget guys run Motec and custom engine management, but Carlos simply didn't have the dollars to back that up, so he opted for the very affordable Hondata S300, an underdog in the big kid world of competitive drag racing.

2017 Honda Civic
$21,500 Base Model (MSRP) 31/40 MPG Fuel Economy
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With the new Civic engine now worth more than the car it was housed in, Carlos had to address the Honda rot that is persistent in the northeast. Gutting the interior and stripping the exterior down to only its necessary components helped Carlos kill two birds with one stone. He eliminated any superfluous weight on the inside, and exposed any invasive rust hiding underneath the carpets or exterior paint. Even if the OEM Honda Civic body panels were in good shape, they were tossed for lightweight variants. The hood, trunk, and doors were all replaced with carbon-fiber counterparts from Seibon, and Carlos got his hands dirty designing and installing a one-off carbon-fiber replacement roof panel. To help keep the shiny side up, Carlos designed and machined a custom-made carbon drag wing and full under-body diffuser. By this point, if anyone questioned the intentions of this Honda Civic, a single piece, widened, carbon-fiber frontend by Jojo Callos was bolted up along with a parachute to help anchor the beast.

Addressing the interior of the CIvic is a Kirkey Racing seat and bracing the now barren cabin is a custom multi-point rollcage that Carlos designed. Getting all of that four-figure horsepower to the pavement are Omni Power drag coilovers at all four corners and all of the tired bushings have been upgraded as well. Stock hubcaps and steel wheels wouldn't do much with almost 10 times the factory horsepower, so a set of 26-inch M&H slicks wrapped around 15-inch Exospeed wheels cover Wilwood calipers and custom-made brake pads.

After a fresh coat of some over the top, eye-searing green paint and a custom wrap sporting his sponsor's logo, Carlos hit the New England Dragway, his local track. After a drag racing few test and tunes, he was able to blast a 9.2-second quarter-mile at over 150 mph! Carlos' Honda Civic garnered a bit of attention with his super quick runs, so this season he'll be taking the car nationwide to put the power down. He hints that he might be planning a complete rebuild and a possible color change, just keep your eyes out for the H2B Civic breaking necks and you'll know it's him!

Bolts & Washers

Propulsion
H22A4
Custom Z-FLOW evolution H2B solid engine mounts
Custom Z-FLOW connecting rods
Custom Z-FLOW ported cylinder head
Custom Z-FLOW air intake
Custom Z-FLOW intake manifold
Custom Z-FLOW 2,400cc fuel injectors
Custom Z-FLOW fuel rail
Custom Z-FLOW/Racetek Peterson wet sump oiling system
Custom Z-FLOW/Racetek exhaust system
Custom Z-FLOW/Dosky Fab radiator
Custom Z-FLOW/Dosky turbo manifold
Darton MID Sleeves
CP Pistons
Skunk2 camshafts
Ferrea valves
Supertech retainers
Supertech keepers
Dual Bosch 044 fuel pumps
Fuel Lab fuel filter
Weldon fuel pressure regulator
Garrett GtX4202R turbocharger cut to 72mm
90mm Wilson throttle body
Air-to-water PTE 1,500hp intercooler
TiAL blow-off valve
Dual Tial 38mm wastegates
NGK spark plugs
M&W Pro 10 ignition
Crane ignition coil
B Series transmission
Liberty billet housing
G-Force Shifter
Competition triple-plate clutch
Competition flywheel
DSS Pro Series differential
DSS Pro Series axles

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1,000-plus horsepower H2B

Power
1,050 whp/723 lb-ft of torque at 39 psi

Suspension
Omni Power drag coilovers
Password:JDM urethane bushings
Custom Z-FLOW under chassis bracing

Resistance
Custom Z-FLOW brake rotors
Wilwood brake pads
Wilwood brake calipers
OEM Honda brake fluid

Rims & Rubber
Front: Exospeed 15x10 Star8 racing wheels
M&H 26x10 slicks
Rear: Exospeed 15x4.5 Star8 racing wheels
Mickey Thompson 24.5x4.5 slicks

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Exterior
Custom Z-FLOW carbon roof
Custom Z-FLOW carbon drag wing
Custom Z-FLOW under body diffuser
Jojo Callos Carbon fiber single piece front
Seibon Carbon hood
Seibon Carbon trunk
Seibon Carbon doors

Interior
Custom Z-FLOW chassis weight reduction
Custom Z-FLOW/Dosky Fab rollcage
Kirkey Racing seat
NRG steering wheel

Electronics
Hondata boost controller
Hondata S300 engine management
Auto Meter gauges

Props
My wife, Rosa
My sons Desmond, Darnel, and Ramon, and my daughter, Destiny
Racetek Motorworks for sponsoring me, Rick Fedas, Keith Dupont, Mike Jackel, Mike Kraws, Jerry Dale, Todd A Mical, Justin Adams, Volcan Maldonado, Graphic Lab, Dosky Fab, Unique Auto Glass, Edwin Figueroa, Pocholo Racing, Michael de los Santos, Gary Eng, John Marocco, Nick Muniz, and Wesley Williams

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Owner Specs

Daily Grind
Private

Favorite Site
Honda-Tech

Screen Name
Zakura or Z-FLOW

Building Hondas
16 years

Dream Car
Bugatti Veyron

Inspiration For This Build
Other cars going fast

Future Build
GT-R 35, coming soon!

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It's all in the tune

Carlos Santana is a resourceful guy, essentially building his entire car in his garage. He says, "I have a lot of tools and taught myself how to weld and build engines. If there's something I can't make, I have connections with a machine shop." The only thing Carlos couldn't swing was tuning, which presented a challenge and an opportunity. Being light in the wallet, Carlos opted for Hondata's S300 system. The plan was to move on to a more sophisticated (and higher priced) management system once funds eventually allowed, but after seeing his tuner, Rick Fedas of Racetek (formerly Kinetic) work his magic on the car, he's decided to stick with the S300. He adds, "I'm actually coming really close the world record of fastest H22 with Hondata, and that's what I'm going for." Carlos has less than a second to gain to break that record and with a full rebuild in the works, including a new bottom end from Golden Eagle, he might be closer to his goal as you're reading this. Good luck, Carlos!

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Sources

Hondata
Torrance, CA 90503
310-782-8278
http://www.hondata.com
Garrett Turbo
Denver, CO 80216
800-822-4332
http://www.turbobygarrett.com
Seibon Carbon
City of Industry, CA 91745
877-473-4266
http://www.seiboncarbon.com
Golden Eagle Manufacturing
San Dimas, CA 91773
909-592-4311
http://www.goldeneaglemfg.com
Racetek
Newton, NH 03858
603-382-5100
http://www.raceteknh.com
By Brian McGurk
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