Civic Hatch is a Fire-Breathing, 10-Second Street Car

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Night at the drag strip yields four 10-second slips and a new personal best for this Civic hatch.

The video above comes to us from the Boosted Bois YouTube channel and it features Kyle Wade’s Civic EK hatch making a handful of runs down the quarter mile. He is shooting for the 9s, but he ends up happily settling for a new personal best.

The Details

The details are short on this Honda Civic hatchback, but we learn later in the video that it is running an “eBay turbo” and stock axles with huge slicks. In most cases, an eBay turbo and stock Honda axles don’t lead to a very quick car, but this EK is crazy quick, with Wade shooting for the 9-second range.

Kyle's EK Civic Hatch

Mind you, he drove this car to and from the track and prior to coming to this quarter mile track, he hit the half-mile and made a handful of 160-mile per hour passes on the longer track.

In addition to Wade’s car, we see a handful of other built Civic race cars, one of which is being piloted by Brent of PFI Speed and another is a rear-drive conversion car, so this video is chock full of high performance Honda goodness.

Rear Drive Civic

Chasing 9s

The video begins with Wade giving us a brief rundown of his goals and concerns for the day while Brent does some last minute tuning work. Once that is all squared away, the cars head for the staging lanes and eventually they make their way onto the track.

On the first run, Wade runs Brent in one of his customer’s cars in what is expected to be an exciting race. Unfortunately, Brent launches in third gear and the car dies at the line, allowing the red Civic to blast to an easy win. On this run, Wade’s car spun pretty severely leaving the line and boost pressure was surging, but the hatch still ran a 10.87 at 136 miles per hour.

Civic Hatch Duel

After some tuning efforts to try to stop the boost surging issue, the red Civic heads back to the track for the second run of the night. On this run, the traction is good on the launch and boost pressure is good throughout the run, but Wade misses second gear, leading to an elapsed time of 10.78 at 138 miles per hour.


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After getting that 10.7 run while missing second, Wade had high hopes for his third run of the night and although the boost levels were once again surging, the Civic went a little quicker – running a 10.64 at 137 miles per hour.

Finally, on his last run of the night, Wade dropped the pressure in his slicks down to just 7.5 pounds with the hopes of getting better traction and a 60-foot time in the 1.6 range. He didn’t get that 1.6, but boost levels were more consistent and he got through all of the gears cleanly, laying down a stunning 10.3 at 141 miles per hour. That is his new personal best, so while he didn’t get 9s on this trip – Wade and his Civic are headed in the right direction.

Kyle in the EK Civic

At the end of the video, we watch him put the street tires on his 10-second Civic and head home, blowing fire through the hood while cruising down the road.

Crank up your speakers and enjoy!

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A lifetime automotive expert, diehard Dodge fan, and respected auto journalist for over 10 years, Patrick Rall is highly experienced in the automotive world. He has clocked in time as an auto mechanic, longtime drag racer and now auto journalist who contributes to nearly a dozen popular websites dedicated to fellow enthusiasts.

“Before I was old enough to walk, my dad was taking me to various types of racing events, from local drag racing to the Daytona 500,” says Rall. “He owned a repair shop and had a variety of performance cars when I was young, but by the time I was 16, he was ready to build me my first drag car: a 1983 Dodge Mirada that ran low 12s. I spent 10 years traveling around the country, racing with my dad by my side. While we live in different areas of the country, my dad still drag races at 80 years old in the car that he built when I was 16. Meanwhile, I race other vehicles, including my 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and my 1972 Dodge Demon 340.

“Although I went to college for accounting, my time in my dad’s shop growing up allowed me the knowledge to spend time working as a mechanic before getting my accounting degree, at which point I worked in the office of a dealership group,” adds Rall. “While I was working in the accounting world, I continued racing and taking pictures of cars at the track. Over time, I began showing off those pictures online and that led to my writing.

“Ten years ago, I left the accounting world to become a full-time automotive writer and I am living proof that if you love what you do, you will never ‘work’ a day in your life. I love covering the automotive industry and everything involved with the job. I was fortunate to turn my love of the automotive world into a hobby that led to an exciting career, with my past of working as a mechanic and as an accountant in the automotive world provides me with a unique perspective of the industry.

“My experience drag racing for more than 20 years coupled with a newfound interest in road racing over the past decade allows me to push performance cars to their limit, while my role as a horse stable manager gives me vast experience towing and hauling with all of the newest trucks on the market today.

“Being based on Detroit, I never miss the North American International Auto Show, the Woodward Dream Cruise and Roadkill Nights, along with spending plenty of time raising hell on Detroit’s Woodward Avenue with the best muscle car crowd in the world.”

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