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2000 Honda Civic DX - Battle-Spec Civic - Race-Bred

Battling With Time Attack......The InlineFour Way!

Brian McGurk
Nov 8, 2010
Photographer: Rodrez

InlineFour's '00 Civic DX
I can't name one individual who, if asked "hey, wanna be a race car driver?" wouldn't jump at the opportunity. The moniker alone conjures visions of blistering through a road course at triple digit speeds, sliding into the winner's circle, and being rushed by throngs of your adoring fans. The reality of the sport is a lot more expensive, less glamorous, and sends a lot of racers home with their tail between their legs after a single season. InlineFour's David Lin and Brandon Bacio know what it takes to keep a racecar running, so when they wanted to turn David's daily driven '00 Civic hatchback (already sporting a B-series swap and bolt-ons) into a full on dominator of time attack race events, they knew they'd need a crew, and IL4 was more than happy to oblige.

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"There weren't really a lot of competitive naturally aspirated Hondas in time attack. We felt we could be competitive in the segment, so we set out to do just that," said engine builder and chassis engineer Eric Hernandez, a veteran of the HC1 and HC2 NASA Honda challenge series, who's built and assisted multiple winners in race competition. When asked about the decision to inject IL4 into the time attack style events, Eric adds, "the car had already seen its share of track days and NASA HPDEs. This was a progression to a dedicated race car." A close personal friend (and primary driver of the time attack hatch) Tetsu Fukui helped cut some weight out of the pocket rocket by removing all of the sound deadening from both the cabin, and underneath the chassis. With the interior now barren, the car was treated to some stitch welding in strategic areas for added strength. To keep Tetsu safe, a World Series-spec roll cage, courtesy of Techno square, was properly installed. The project was well under way until some outside forces drew some much needed attention away from the hatch. "We had to move to a new location, and we had some staffing changes. The attention that was on that hatch had to be used elsewhere, so it (the Civic) had to be put on the back burner," said Brandon when asked of the downtime. By the time everything had settled down and a solid team had been established, the IL4 crew had only two months to prep the hot hatch for the 2010 season. When asked of the added pressure, engine builder Eric Hernandez said, "the deadline was crazy, but parts had been stockpiled for a long time. It was a matter of getting everything together. Personally, I have put at least 180 hours into the car." Since the Civic's interior and engine bay was still empty, and the previous B-series power plant sold locally to fund the new project, it was the perfect opportunity to drape the civic in Honda's flagship Championship white. With the civic busy getting its interior and exterior freshened up, attention was soon turned to the power plant. When asked about their decision to run a K-series over the original B-series, Brandon states, "it's just newer technology. There's nothing wrong with a B, but IL4 tries to stay on the forefront of Honda technology, so a K series was the obvious choice." IL4 started out the season running a standard K20 setup, but after some hard laps, it was scrapped for their current configuration of a K24 bottom end and a ported and polished ITR spec K20 head. The drive train is essentially stock, but features some of the best parts you can buy for a naturally aspirated engine, including a custom Hytech exhaust manifold and an extruded and honed intake manifold mated to a one-off intake. What few modifications were done netted IL4 243hp and 186 lb-ft of torque through the front wheels. That may not seem like a lot for a car consistently competing with 400+hp fire-breathing monsters, but it suits Brandon and the IL4 crew just fine. Brandon adds "we may not have as much power as some of the other cars out there, but we hardly ever break, which keeps us on the track longer. Essentially we just have to make sure we have gas and we don't overheat. Maintenance is as simple as that."

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Eric Hernandez and the IL4 staff had less than a month to get the Civic road ready when a freshly painted rolling shell was dropped off at InlineFour. Eric recalls, "we basically had no time to get everything together, so when the car came back, it was like three weeks to go from rolling chassis to running car." Eric started by sandwiching a Competition twin disk clutch and matching eight-pound flywheel between the K block and the Spoon Sports LSD-packed six-speed prior to dropping the new power plant into the bay with Innovative motor mounts. Buddy Club racing-spec dampers sporting one-off Eibach springs keep the hatch planted, and Spoon sports calipers straddled 11-inch Wilwood brake rotors get the 15x8 949 racing wheels to stop spinning when Tetsu throws out the anchor. Big brakes are no good if the fluid is flowing through ballooned brake lines, so the IL4 crew found an interesting solution: "We run aircraft grade fittings and alike, they work great." This is a purpose built race car, so the interior was left naked, save for a single Bride racing bucket seat, a Momo racing wheel, and a custom switch panel. Thanks to Eric Hernandez, the passenger side dash vent was removed and replaced with a USB port that allows the crew to make changes quickly and effectively; a God-send during heated track sessions. IL4's current "back-up" K20/K24 power plant is landing them spots on the podium, placing first twice, and netting the silver once. As you're reading this, there's little doubt that they've secured even more podium time. But don't think the win goes to their heads, as the humble bunch knows what matters. According to Eric and Brandon, "no matter what happens during the course of a race weekend, it's ok, as long as we can drive it back to the trailer."

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Ten years in the making
David Lin and Brandon Bacio have blazed the perfect trail for us to follow; friends since childhood, David and Brandon built IL4 into the powerhouse of high-end parts and racing that you see today. Brandon recalls, "We had some friends who sold products for their families online and we thought we could do it too. So we got some product deals and kept them in David's bedroom; that's where it all started." Since stockpiling JDM parts in one man's bedroom a decade ago, IL4 has grown into an exclusive U.S. Spoon Sports distributor and is now poised to become a racing powerhouse, providing parts and services. "We're just trying to stay on the cutting edge of the industry. We don't just want to sell things, we want to be the premiere Honda/Acura tuning specialist on the planet. And yes, if you didn't know, we serve the international community as well." Brandon and David are very proud of their achievements, especially their newest foray into the international market, and have some top secret stuff coming to a block near you. Although I'm not at liberty to say what that is, take a look at what they've done over the past ten years, then apply that same level of dedication, and hold onto your hats.

Bolts & Washers
Propulsion

K20A (now upgraded to K24 block/K20 head)
Hondata K-Pro w/ AIM Sports MXL
Competition Clutch Twin-Disc
Competition Clutch 8lb flywheel
Spoon Sports LSD
NGK Spark plugs
Insane Shafts axles
Custom final drive
Custom close ratio gear setup
Custom HyTech exhaust manifold
Burns Stainless 2.5in muffler
InlineFour racing custom intake
InlineFour racing custom in-line fuel filter
InlineFour black nylon/nomex braided fuel lines
InlineFour racing custom valve springs
InlineFour racing custom radiator
Extrude & Honed RBC manifold
OEM Honda Throttle body overbored
Bosch 044 fuel pump
RC Engineering 550cc fuel injectors
AEM fuel rail
SX Fuel Systems fuel regulator
Ported/Polished K20 cylinder head w/ multi-angle valve job & deshrouded combustion chambers
Blox Racing retainers
Innovative Engine Mounts

Stance
Buddy Club Racing Spec Dampers
Eibach Custom Rate springs
Eibach Sway bars
PCI Bronze Bushings
PCI rear spherical trailing arm bushings
Custom adjustable upper A-arms
Cusco front carbon-fiber strut tower bar

Resistance
11-inch two-piece wildwood brake rotors
Spoon Sports 4-pot brake calipers
Project Mu 999 race pads & fluid
InlineFour racing custom 4.1 Brake lines

Rims & Rubber
949 Racing 15x8 +35 Yokohama Advan A048 225/50/15

Exterior
Custom P1 front splitter
Spoon Sports mirrors
AeroCatch hood pins

Interior
Bride racing bucket
AIM Sports MXL Cluster
Techno Square World Challenge Spec Roll Cage
Schroth Formula 1 spec harness
Momo Racing wheel
Mugen shift knob
Custom switch & fuse panel w/USB docking port

Props
All of our families
All of our sponsors and supporters:
Ernie & Tony at Torco Oils
Chris, Dan & Melissa @ Competition Clutch,
John, Keoni, Keoki, Carol & Russ at RC Engineering
Brian "Scooby" @ Pro Car Innovations,
Jeff "Kiwi" @ Special Projects Motorsports
Ming & Tetsu @ ES Technical Roadsports
Mike @ Insane Shafts
Mike and Dave @ Blox Racing
Yuki @ Spoon Co. Ltd. Japan
Tony & Ryan at Eibach
George & Kevin at Buddy Club
Juan, Octavio , Fernando "Fern-Dogg" , Sujan
Andrew "Mil-Spec" Cowie
Luis "Landshark" Gallegos

Owner Specs
Favorite website
www.InlineFour.com

Screen name or nickname
il4performance/ilBrandon

Building Hondas for how long
15 years

Your dream car
Porsche GT3 Cup Car

Build inspiration
Japanese N1 Race Cars

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