Among the scores of Honda enthusiasts there are Many different breeds. There are those who prefer to take the term "JDM" to its most literal meaning, by searching the earth for every Japanese piece for their car all the way down to the A/C controls. There are those who don't believe in the word "simple" and go full tilt on the show side with candy color paint and all. Then there are people like Javier Loarca.
Javier is among the rare breed who are all about performance and function. From the beginning, Javier has been all about speed. He got started back in the day racing in the Pro All-Motor category at local 1320s. After racking up a case full of trophies, he took a long break from drag racing to start a family and focus on his daily grind at Hondata.
After a painful four years away from racing and building, Javier got the green light to get back in the seat. It was time to once again start another award-winning build. This time around he wanted a streetable car that could still hold its own at the strip. For his canvas, he chose a '93 EG Hatch and planned on building the fastest all-motor car possible with off-the-shelf parts.
Since he has been to B-Series town and back more times than he'd like to remember, he recruited a K-Series motor as the motivation for his project. The K-Series was the perfect candidate since it has decent power right out of the box with potential for even more power. Also, Javier never touched one before so it was an opportunity to learn something new.
While the idea of doing something new was fresh in his head, Javier decided to run in a new class as well. He scrapped his original plan of building an all-motor car and chose to go turbo. So here Javier stands with a new car, an engine he's never used before and preparing to deal with boost, which was also a new concept for him. At this point he knew he needed some help so he consulted his good friend and fellow racer Carlos Alverez.
Carlos agreed to go with a K-Series motor. Together they scoured dismantle yards until they finally got their hands on a '04 TSX motor and they dug up a six-speed RSX Type-S transmission. From there, Javier got some aftermarket help. His friends at Hasport shipped out an engine mount kit and an adapter harness. Then he paid a visit to Myles over at Rev Hard who schooled him in the ways of the turbo. Luckily for Javier his list of friends is just about as long as his list of parts on his street car. After a lot of phone calls, $15,000 and a very understanding wife, he had everything he needed to piece together his project.
With his motor set up, he consulted Tein for a double-duty suspension and added a little flash with Work Wheels. The only problem was that all those pieces were laying on his garage floor starring back at him in a menacing fashion. Javier still had Carlos and his other friends in his corner though. With everyone doing their part and putting in countless hours, they eventually put together the amazing sleeper that you see gracing these pages.
So where are we at now? Javier found his inspiration, located his parts and then grouped his friends together to help put it all together. Now the question now was "how does it run?"
Javier took the ride down to Hot Rod Performance in Torrance, Calif. They filled the tank up with some VP Racing fuel and strapped the EG to the rollers. After many dyno pulls and some fine-tuning they finally squeezed out 430 horses and backed up those ponies with 325lb-ft of torque. With those numbers, Javier knew that the only question left to ask could only be answered by the racetrack.
By the end of the day Javier managed to click off a time slip that read 11.35 e.t. at 129 mph. This took everyone by surprise, including the track officials who kicked him off the strip for running that fast without a rollcage. So they took a quick field trip to Pro-Mod in South Gate to have his friend Danny build one of the stealthiest rollcages known to man. It turns out that getting kicked off the track that day only helped Javier in the end. Having the rollcage installed helped stiffen up the chassis and when Javier and his crew went back to the track he laid down an 11.2 e.t. at 129 mph. He was happy with those numbers but not yet satisfied. As you're reading this and dreaming of what could be with your project, Javier and his friends are hard at work because now they want to hit the 10s.
Bolts & Washers
Javier Loarca's 1993 EG Hatchback
The muscle from this street sleeper comes in the way of a K24A2 engine from the TSX. He was able to bolt the motor into his EG thanks to a K-Series engine mount kit from Hasport. Air enters through a K&N air filter before being sucked through a maze of piping fabricated by Prototype Racing. Joe McCarthy of Prototype Racing TIG-welded mandrel-bent ultra-thin turbo piping. The welds were then ground down smooth and powdercoated black for a sleek, clean look. After passing through a Garrett GT35R turbo the air makes its way through a Rev Hard intercooler and finally into a Spoon Sports throttle body. The head is stuffed with IPS KT1 camshafts and springs. Fuel delivery starts with a BBK fuel pump that sends the fuel into a custom fuel rail and is finally sprayed out via RC 750cc injectors. Igniting the air/fuel mixture are NGK spark plugs that are given power through NGK wires. The spent gasses are then expelled through a Rev Hard turbo manifold and either the TiAL wastegate or 3-inch Vibrant Performance exhaust. This whole procedure is masterminded by a Hondata K-Pro ECU. Power spins off the crank through a racing setup from Competition Clutch. Wanting a quick gear ratio, Javier mated the TSX engine to a RSX Type-S six-speed transmission. From there a Quaife LSD splits the power between two DSS Stage 9 axels.
A Tein Mono Flex coilover system keeps the sleeper EG agile. Keeping the tires aligned is a Skunk2 camber kit.
Rims & rubber
A fresh set of Work Equip3 wheels sit on all four corners. Up front the wheels are wrapped with 235/60/15 Mickey Thompson cheaters and in the back sit 205/50/15 Dunlop rubbers.
Outside Javier kept things clean and simple. Complementing the Charcoal Grey paint is a carbon-fiber hood and duck bill wing. The look is finished off with a set of Vision side mirrors
The stealth theme from the outside carried over on the interior as well. Once you open the door the first thing you'll notice are the black painted aluminum Kirkey Racing seats with Simpson five-point harness attached. Situated in front of the driver's seat is a Sparco steering wheel. The crown jewel of the interior is a fully custom fabbed cage by Pro-Mod in South Gate, Calif. The cage is recessed against the interior panels so that it's hardly noticeable from the outside. The welds are perfect and it integrates a hard point for the future parachute with a release lever that's ready to go.
Since Javier is all about speed, he kept the I.C.E. to a minimum. Providing the tunes is a Kenwood head unit that pumps out through Pioneer speakers.