Turbo Civic Scares Dodge Demon in High-speed Half-mile Race

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Civic EG hatch uses taped up panels and 800 horsepower engine to destroy a new Dodge Demon, Shelby GT350 and even an SRT Jeep.

The video above comes to us from the BigKleib34 YouTube channel and it features one wicked Honda Civic EG hatchback. This footage was captured at the WannaGoFast half-mile top speed event in Ocala, Florida and over the course of this short video, the car that was originally built as an affordable economy cars beats a lineup of some monstrous modern American performance vehicles.

Details on the Machine

While the video focuses on the track action, the camera does catch up to the driver of this Honda Civic hatchback. He explains that it is powered by a built B18C GSR engine that is fitted with a 66-millimeter turbocharger, sending around 800 horsepower to the rear wheels by means of a GSR transmission. The driver also explains that the car has substantial suspension work in an effort to get traction and to be more controllable at high speeds, while pointing out that the Civic tips the scales at just 2,146 pounds.

Honda Civic GSR Engine

The Action

The first battle for this EG hatch is a new Dodge Demon. The 840-horsepower Challenger leaves the line first, smoking the tires at the line and dancing all over the place as it heads down the track. The Honda leaves late and fights its own traction issues, but it quickly catches, passes and beats the Mopar muscle car. In the end, the turbocharged hatchback ran a 175 to 151 for the Dodge. Even with the factory drag radials, the big Challenger can’t make use of the power in the half-mile race.

Next, the Civic takes on a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and on this race, the Honda gets a better launch and leads the race from wire to wire. On the top end of the half-mile race, the Mustang runs a 141 while the GSR-powered EG hatch hits 177.5 miles per hour.

The Civic then destroys a Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT, running 177.65 miles per hour in the process, followed by a single run of 175.5 miles per hour. Finally, the video ends with the EG hatch destroying a new Shelby GT350, running 34 miles per hour quicker in the half-mile race.

While the Honda driver falls short of his goal of 180, it is still one wicked-fast EG hatch, so 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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