Garage Work Civic Might Be the World’s Most Track-capable EG6
Every possible ounce of weight has been removed, cutting the weight of this Civic down to just 1,530 pounds.
The video above comes to us from the Attack Official @Days YouTube channel and it features the Garage Works Honda Civic EG6. In the video, this EG6 can be seen rocketing around the Tsukuba Circuit at a time attack event, often sliding out of turns in two or three tires, but Iwata makes it work, setting the front-engine, front-wheel drive (FF) lap record in the process.
This Civic hatch is well-known in the world of high performance Honda and time attack racing, but if you are not, this is built by Garage Work and driven by owner Takumi Iwata. The key point of the Garage Work build theory is to reduce weight as much as possible, and this EG6 is a flawless representation of extreme weight reduction.
The roof, hood, doors and rear spoiler are all carbon fiber rather than steel. The steel control arms have been replaced with custom tubular units, excess metal has been drilled out of the brake rotor hats and the entire length of the body seams have been riveted rather than welding stiffening up the chassis a great deal while keeping weight down.
Next, the interior is truly minimized to nothing more than what is absolutely required for time attack racing. This Civic has a seat, a steering wheel, some gauges, the pedals, the rearview mirror, the shifter and a simple roll bar rather than a roll cage. There is no dash board, no panels and no unnecessary trim of any kind.
Under the hood is a B18C engine, built by TODA, mated to an ATS 2-way differential and an SPL close-ratio transmission. Tein provides custom-tuned N1 coilovers to meet Iwata’s unique suspension settings while Spoon calipers over Endless rotors provide the stopping forces up front and the original brakes are retained in the rear.
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Finally, the Garage Work Civic runs a mismatched wheel and tire package with 17-inch TE37 wheels up front wrapped in 255/40 Yokohama Advan A050 tires while the rear wheels are 16-inch, wrapped in a 215/50 tire. This layout gives him the traction and cornering grip that he needs up front while allowing Iwata the rotation necessary for the front-drive Civic to get on the power earlier out of corners.
For more information on the Garage Work Civic, check out this piece from The Narita Dog Fight.
In the video above, Iwata and his lightweight EG6 set the FF lap record at the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan during a round of the time attack championship. Taking less than a minute to navigate the track, Iwata lays it all out, lifting rear wheels heading into turns and sometimes lifting both inside wheels as he exits turns, often sliding across the track as the Civic accelerates into the straight.