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1992 Honda Civic - Blitzkrieg Bopper

German engineering done right!

Brian McGurk
Aug 16, 2012
Photographer: Johannes Helgert
Htup 1208 15 o+1992 honda civic+type r front lip Photo 1/5   |   1992 Honda Civic - Blitzkrieg Bopper

Turbo SOHC motors are fun. Really fun. But what would make that same single slammer, bolted into a hatchback, more fun? AWD, of course! That’s what Johannes Helgert of Burgbernheim, Germany, thought when he had the crazy notion to build this hatch. Johannes’ pride and joy started out as a virtually bone-stock Euro-spec Civic sporting a measly 90hp that was built for fuel economy rather than speed thrills. The only real modification was a cheap set of lowering springs.

That was all the way back in 2002, and since then, the car has seen a mix of body kits and various coats of paint. Over time, Johannes saw the proverbial light and has settled on an “OEM +” theme, as the dub kids would say, with a fresh coat of Dolphin Grey metallic paint and mostly Honda aero. The reliable little Civic was daily driven for two years until the 90hp mill was swapped out for a D16Z6, giving the Civic about 30 odd horsepower more. Johannes drove the Civic for another two years until the mod bug bit again, opting to design and install a handmade turbo setup that netted a very respectable 180 whp. However, that wasn’t enough for him. Swapping turbochargers to a Garrett T25 variant, rerouting some of the piping, and getting a more aggressive tune eventually garnered Johannes a healthy 340 horsepower.

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That much power needs more traction than the factory Civic transmission can muster, and nothing makes more traction than a full AWD system. Johannes sourced two separate cars: a retired 1988 AWD Civic and a scrapped 1993 Civic hatch to test fit everything. After about a year and a half of cutting, welding, and fabbing, the conversion was ready to go. Johannes utilized most of the parts from the AWD Civic, since the existing D series bolted right up to the AWD transmission, and the front half of the car came together quickly. The rear differential and driveshaft had to be extensively modified and were all made by hand. Brake parts were cobbled together from anything that would fit, including Porsche!

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Johannes’ new setup is exactly what he wanted, and a decade in the making along with a ton of cash invested, Johannes isn’t planning on ever getting rid of his unique build. In fact, he’s even planned to remove the passenger seat so he can fit his fiancée’s wedding dress in it to take them to the chapel this summer. Congratulations on the crazy build Johannes! Oh yeah, and the wedding, too!

Bolts & Washers

Custom-made engine mounts
Custom-made intercooler
Custom-made turbo manifold
Custom-made exhaust system
Custom-made downpipe
CP turbo pistons
Eagle H-Beam connecting rods
Racimex oil cooler
GoodSpeed full-size radiator
Cometic head gasket
ARP head studs
Blox block guard
RC 550cc saturated fuel injectors
Garrett T25 turbocharger
OEM B16A2 throttle body
Blitz blow-off valve
Magnaflow muffler
External 38mm wastegate
OBX plug wires
Honda Civic AWD transmission
Honda Civic AWD rear differential
Honda Civic AWD rear axles
F1 performance race clutch stage 3
Fidanza Flywheel

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Supersport coilovers
Front: Honda Civic Aerodeck sway bar
Rear: Honda Integra Type R sway bar

Htup 1208 18 o+1992 honda civic+custom AWD setup Photo 4/5   |   Johannes’ homemade AWD setup.

Front: Custom Boxster S Brembo calipers, 305mm Seat Ibiza custom brake rotors, EBC brake pads
Rear: Honda Integra Type R calipers, Honda Integra 263mm Type R brake rotors
Custom stainless brake lines

Wheels and Tires
16x8 +35 DBV Arizona wheels
225/40R16 Hankook tires

Custom-made gas tank
Custom Type R front lip
Custom Type R rear lip
Custom OEM front bumper
Seibon carbon hood
Spoon Sport carbon side mirrors
Spoon Sport carbon rear wing
OEM JDM turn signals
OEM JDM taillights

Honda Integra Type R front seats
Honda Integra Type R rear seats
Custom door panels
Raid 28cm steering wheel
Carbon Type R shift knob

GReddy Profec-B boost controller
GReddy turbo timer
Custom programmable ECU
Custom interior lighting
JVC DVD-receiver
Hifonics 2-way front speakers
PPI 2-way rear speakers

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Without my good old friend Stephan
My girl Miriam
My mom and dad
Dominik (who helped me a lot)
Matthias (who did the engine management)

Owner Specs

Daily Grind

Favorite Site

Screen name

Building Hondas
About 10 years

Dream car
Honda S2000

Inspiration for this build
Honda Tuning Magazine

Future Builds
Turbo upgrade to a GT2871R and combining my turbo setup with a Jackson Racing supercharger


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