Just last year, during the madness of SEMA week, we caught wind of a serious 9th gen Civic coupe that steered clear of the typical red carpet dweller. A few scars, some aggressive aero and a Borg Warner turbocharged K24 suggested that this coupe was built for battle. We even featured it back in August.
The owner, William Au-Yeung of Point Zero Auto Sound & Performance, located in Ontario, Canada, went on to make his way to multiple track events in 2016 and instantly began making waves. In fact, he even blasted a few record setting laps at Gingerman Raceway along the way. All of that is admirable, but there's still one major goal that William has his sites focused on and he's dead set on making it happen before year's end.
Super Lap Battle has served as the ultimate proving grounds for years, and just 12 months ago, the Spoon Sports USA/GoTuning Civic FD burned the long-standing record by almost 2 seconds. William saw it happen firsthand as he was competing last year and was actually one of the top 5 finishers. His 1:52.645 was lighting quick, but not enough to keep pace with the Spoon car. Since that point however, he's developed the car further, become more comfortable and confident behind the wheel and has certainly hit his stride. That means, simply put, a rematch is in order.
Since we last featured the PZ Tuning coupe, some pretty major changes have taken place both mechanically and aesthetically. The K-series' OS Giken LSD is now mated to a Quaife sequential trans and new Fortune Auto coilovers occupy the wheel wells, along with a host of other upgrades. The Civic also has a new look, wrapped in Vibrant livery to signify a new partnership between the two Canadian heavy hitters.
We caught up with William to get to get some intel on the coupe before it heads to SoCal for Super Lap Battle.
HT: How confident are you that you can beat the current record in your class?
William: Well, the car has been working amazing lately, even before the upgrades. We feel that we would be on record pace. However, as always, the stopwatch doesn't lie, and making everything work and putting that one magic lap in really is the challenge of Time Attack!
HT: One of the most interesting aspects of your build and the Spoon Sports USA/GoTuning FD is the fact that both cars are at the top of the food chain in their class, and they're both late model Honda chassis. That's something many die-hard Honda fans haven't entirely embraced. What made you choose this particular chassis over say, a mid 90s Civic, or an Integra?
William: Well for one, I've had a DC, EG, CRX and RSX on the track before. As a builder/fabricator/racer, there's nothing more exciting than taking on a new challenge, especially on a vehicle with little Time Attack history. We've had amazing partners help us along the way, learning many lessons (good and bad), but feel it can ultimately be the fastest (fwd) Honda around.
HT: Since the last time we saw the car, what changes have been made?
William: We've got a number of upgrades since our last outing at GridLife South at Road Atlanta. Vibrant Performance HD Clamps and Fabrication Components, Fortune Auto 3-way Dreadnought Coilovers, APR Performance GT1000 Multi-Element rear wing, and a Quaife sequential transmission
HT: With the new sequential set up, tell us a little about your expectations - what do you feel it will do to your overall track performance?
William: Honestly, I don't have much experience with a proper dogbox/sequential, so there's definitely going to be a learning curve to make full use of it. One of the main reasons we went with the Quaife is to try and improve reliability. With 771whp/520tq, we've never been able to compete at full power without breaking a transmission! On top of that, we've configured flat foot shifting on it, so our shifts should be lighting fast on track!
One thing is for certain, with the Spoon FD Civic and PZ Tuning's 9th gen making significant changes and progressing over the last 12 months, all eyes will be on the Unlimited FWD showdown that takes place at Super Lap Battle 2016.