Raul Ramirez is no stranger to the 5th generation Honda Civic family—his storied build history, some of which graced the pages of Honda Tuning, will tell you that much. His current build, perched right in front of one of the main entrances of the 2019 SEMA show, is a culmination of all the different skills he's developed over the years and it's without a doubt his best effort to date.
Owner of Checkerd Sports, Raul specializes in race-centric parts that are hand-crafted and almost always incorporate his signature dimple-die treatment. While many of the parts he offers are intended for the "EG" chassis, some are universal, and we've seen them used in street, time attack and even drag cars. More than just a rolling representation of his brand, this EG serves as a no-corners cut, complete track-ready build that, other than paint, was completely pieced together by Raul's two hands.
Though he didn't tackle the actual paintwork, Raul did handle the custom metal work under the hood that includes those infamous dimples die additions which run along both sides of the bay and play off of the custom upper and lower radiator supports. Much of the sheetmetal has been reworked in one way or another.
Encased in the shaved bay is a K20A Type R swap with an R Crew header and a Checkerd Sports titanium intake. Under the car you'll find more titanium with a custom-built exhaust system that runs straight down the center of the vehicle without any bends in its path, exiting through a pair of small canisters just beneath a half-cut factory bumper.
The fabrication continues inside where Raul went all out with a complete roll cage that utilizes A and B-pillar gussets and includes a support system in the rear for the massive APR swan neck style wing with stands that slip through slots cut into the carbon kevlar roof skin. A Radium fuel cell is mounted inside and surrounded by additional cage work with a fill point located on the driver's side quarter panel.
Before the New Formula Red was applied, custom Track Life fenders and a front lip were added along with PCI sideskirts. After the paint was complete, all new OEM moldings were installed, P4P lexan side and rear windows replaced the factory glass and if something couldn't be purchased new, it was completely reconditioned to look factory fresh.
JRZ coilovers with external reservoirs are on duty front and rear and in the completely unseen department, you'll find a long list of Hardrace suspension components.
As you might expect, Raul runs what he sells, and the majority of his parts line up is applied to this build, from the ECU and Rywire PDM mount, to the battery tie down and steering wheel boss, along with a host of other parts. His first foray into the SEMA build world is without question a huge success, and knowing his affinity for track days, we expect this build will turn plenty of laps in the near future.