500 Horsepower Turbo Civic Blows Up on the Dyno

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Turbo Civic pops it’s motor when 11psi of boost is thrown into the mix.

We have all seen “dyno fail” videos, but this one, featuring a turbo Civic, is a bit different. After turning the boost up to 11psi, it was time for this Civic to see some dyno time for tuning. Unfortunately, it looks like this B-series engine had seen enough. After a few seconds of wide open throttle, the engine exploded. However, the explosion looks a bit different than other engine failures.

No, we don’t get to see a piston go though the block. Instead there is a giant geyser of water gushing from the side of the engine. What gives? The videographer tells us that the engine cracked a sleeve, hence the waterworks. Cylinder pressures or temperatures were so high that the sleeves cracked. That is intense. Check it out:

Honda-tech.com Honda Turbo Civic Turbo Dyno Fail

After cracking a sleeve, the water jackets inside the engine were forcefed all of the pressure inside the cylinder, causing the madness seen above. I can’t tell what I’m more impressed about: that they managed to crack a sleeve, or that the dyno operator on the right barely flinches at the whole scene unfolding. Makes you wonder what kind of crazy shit he has seen hit the rollers.

Jake Stumph is the lead Content Editor for Honda-Tech and several other Internet Brands Automotive websites. He enjoys track days, drifting, and autocross, at least, when his cars are running right.

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