Super Street Network

Due to the EU’s Global Data Protection Regulation, our website is currently unavailable to visitors from most European countries. We apologize for this inconvenience and encourage you to visit for the latest on new cars, car reviews and news, concept cars and auto show coverage, awards and much more.MOTORTREND.COM
 |   |  1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion
Subscribe to the Free

1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

Loi Song Of Sportcar Motion Shows Off His Record-Breaking Time Attack EG.

Nate Hassler
Sep 17, 2010

Motorsports is constantly evolving. New technological innovations, adjustments to rule books, wrecks on the track, changes of heart - there are lots of reasons why cars come and go from the world of racing. Other times, a car starts life with modest intentions and slowly transforms into a full-fledged track beast. Loi Song of Sportcar Motion is no stranger to racing Hondas; his latest Civic is a combined result of many previous builds and learned experiences along the way.

Modp_1010_01_o+1994_honda_civic+driver_side_rear_view Photo 2/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

Loi hasn't always been a Honda guy. Back in the day, the now famous "Tea Father" was actually a Mustang man. After tinkering around with a few muscle cars and building one of the most unique and groundbreaking FD RX-7s of its time, Loi met a man who changed his automotive life. Matt Rodriguez, aka Rodrez of Honda Tuning, is credited as the man who got Loi into Honda for the first time.

"I was always intrigued by FF Hondas, but it wasn't until I met Matt that I actually bought one and took the dive. My first Honda was a turbo (Civic) Del Sol that I was able to get into the mid-11s as a street car," Loi recalls.

Modp_1010_02_o+1994_honda_civic+K24_engine Photo 3/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

When the Honda bug bites, it bites hard. Loi has been a fan ever since and has built many cars over the last decade or so, ranging from mild to wild. The Civic you see before you started life with modest intentions. At the time the build commenced, Loi and Sportcar Motion already had two dedicated time attack cars in its stable: an Unlimited class turbocharged K20 EG Civic and a NA K24-powered (at the time) Limited class Integra Type-R. Loi wanted to build his newest Civic as a true street car, something he could track for fun but also drive home without attracting the entire San Diego police department to his front doorstep. This idea quickly flew out the window, however, when Loi was contacted by Oscar Jackson and Oscar Jr. at Kraftwerks to inquire as to whether or not the Tea Father wanted to use his new "street car" EG as a test mule for a fully race-prepped K-series supercharger kit. As any true racer would, Loi obliged and the deed was done.

"We were the test car for the [Kraftwerks] race kit," Loi says. "No one else had the kit at the time, and we were really impressed with how it performed." Loi's cars are always evolving, and at the time of our photo shoot, the car was powered by a 10.5/1 compression built K24 mated to a K20A2 head. Making just over 440 hp, the EG can certainly move. A slew of goodies from Skunk 2, Eagle, Earls, Kraftwerks and Sportcar Motion in-house specials make whatever motor setup Loi runs a sure winner.

Modp_1010_03_o+1994_honda_civic+side_view Photo 4/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

As the car transitioned away from street and toward track, the decision was made to partially gut the interior and shoot for the Limited class of time attack competition. Sporting an Autopower bolt-in rollcage, a Sparco bucket seat and an Accusump oil accumulator with braided lines in plain view, it's immediately apparent that his car is no daily driver. DEFI gauges keep Renzo Marsano (Sportcar Motion's race driver) informed, while a Personal steering wheel keeps everything on the proper line.

On the outside, the car is all race. It's also all white. In fact, Loi always builds white cars - if you take a look at his past projects, you'll notice the pattern right away. Why, you may ask? There's no secret reason - Loi just likes white cars! A custom Sportcar Motion front splitter, front canards and vented hood set the front end off nicely while keeping function at the center of everything. The exposed oil cooler and front-mount intercooler remind us of the all-business, all-the-time mantra that Loi lives by, as does the custom rear wing bracket. Loi likes downforce, and with a car like this, you really need it. This ain't your grandma's hatchback, this is a true race car through and through.

Modp_1010_04_o+1994_honda_civic+suspension Photo 5/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

"The wing helps keep the rear end planted at high speeds," Loi says. "The front end aero package is good for this car because it provides the right amount of downforce to keep the car stable and handle in a predictable way. The side skirts help to eliminate side wind gusts and therefore aid in high-speed stability. The theme here is stability."

Modp_1010_08_o+1994_honda_civic+tein Photo 9/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

To keep the car cornering like it should, Loi turned to his long-time friend and partner in crime Philip at TEIN. A set of off-the-shelf SRC coilovers keeps the EG dialed in and tight through the twisties, with the added bonus of custom Sportcar Motion spherical bearings and a fully redesigned custom race suspension setup. The wheel and tire package was a set of 16x8-inch Advan RGs paired with sticky Toyo R888 tires. "We change the setup depending on the rule book, track configuration and weather and track conditions of each event we compete in," Loi says. The brake system has also been upgraded and changed several times. With a guy like Loi, who's always striving for the next best thing, it's hard to keep up!

Hard to keep up is a common theme it would seem, as Loi's car sets records and wins races regularly. Competing in the Super Lap Battle and Redline Time Attack series, you can always spot the Sportcar Motion crew easily. They're the white Hondas that go fast, win races and make the AWD guys scratch their heads in wonder. We can't wait to see how the car continues to change and bust records throughout the rest of the 2010 season and the next.

Modp_1010_09_o+1994_honda_civic+pro_series_intake_technology Photo 10/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

Specs & Details
'94 Honda Civic

Engine Honda K24 inline-4

Engine Modifications 10.5/1 compression CP pistons; Eagle Rods; stock K20A head; Skunk Stage 2 cams, 74mm throttle body, Version 2 intake manifold, Mega Power K-swap header, exhaust; Kraftwerks supercharger; RC injectors; Koyo radiator; Earl's Performance oil cooler

Modp_1010_10_o+1994_honda_civic+gutted_interior Photo 11/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

Engine Management Kpro

Drivetrain Exedy twin-plate clutch; RSX Type-S transmission w/ 4.764 final drive; Kaaz 1.5-way LSD

Interior DEFI gauges; AEM wideband sensor; Summit Racing shift light; Sparco seat; Personal steering wheel; Autopower bolt-in rollcage

Wheels, Tires & Brakes Advan RG wheels 16x8" (f/r); Toyo R888 tires 225/45R16 (f/r); Wilwood Dynapro 6-piston big brake kit (f)

Numbers 440 hp & 265 tq

Thanks To Renzo Marsano, Tony at Skunk2, Miguel at Wilwood, Nestor at K&N, Edwin at Hawk Performance, Philip at TEIN, Oscar Jr. & Sr. at Kraftwerks, Morgan, Matt Rodriguez, Cole, Scotty, Tristen, Shawn Moore, Daniel Butler at Church's Automotive Testing, Tom at Port Flow Design, Nick at BDL

Modp_1010_11_o+1994_honda_civic+front_view Photo 12/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion

Suspension TEIN SRC coilovers; Sportcar Motion spherical bearings on all suspension parts , Sportcar Motion front lower control arm, rear lower control arm, front & rear camber kit, rear trailing arm bushing, toe kit, roll-center adjuster

Exterior Apr rear wing w/ custom mounting brackets; Sportcar Motion custom front splitter, canards, custom vented hood; PCI side skirts

Modp_1009_13_o+1994_honda_civic+gauge_view Photo 13/28   |   1994 Honda Civic - Always In Motion
By Nate Hassler
181 Articles



Nissan got rid of the naturally aspirated V-6 that powered the stock 370Z Nismo and replaced it with a twin-turbo from Infiniti's Red Sport 400s.
Collin WoodardOct 29, 2018
RM Sotheby's strikes gold with the multi-million-dollar sale of a one-off 2018 Porsche 911 Turbo Classic Series "Project Gold" from the 993 series.
Rory JurneckaOct 29, 2018
Ravi Dolwani never thought even in his wildest dreams that he'd own an Evo X, let alone one that was built to such a high caliber.
Aaron BonkOct 29, 2018
Like the storied F1, the Speedtail has three seats, the driver steering from the center of the cockpit. And, says McLaren, it will do 250 mph.
ManufacturerOct 26, 2018
The Slim Lab P1 Racing Cockpit is not your standard racing rig and it's probably the only sim-racing rig you will ever need
Ceso BagayOct 26, 2018
Sponsored Links