Mid-Engine Civics Will Never Be Un-Cool

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Taking An Engine Out Of The Front And Placing It Behind The Front Seats Is A Modification We Will Always Support

We hear about engine swaps all the time, but what about swapping the location of the engine? That’s what’s going on in this turbo B18 mid-engine Civic.

We have seen Civics modified to be rear wheel drive in various ways, but it is always an engineering challenge when you’re moving the whole engine. All new subframes have to be fabricated, coolant lines have to be run elsewhere, and that big thing called a gas tank has to be moved elsewhere.

Short interviews make it tough for us to guess about the rest of the car, like the transmission of choice, but we can see inside the car for other modifications. Racing seats with harnesses restrain the driver and passenger. We will reserve judgement on the way the harnesses are mounted, considering there’s no harness bar.

Power from this one comes from a B18 C1, and is very turbocharged. Boost is stated to be at about 25psi through a GT35 turbo, and in all, that means about 560 horsepower. “It starts to hook in 3rd,” claims the owner. We have no reason to doubt that claim. Hopefully we’ll see it in action sometime soon.

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Patrick Morgan is an instructor at Chicago's Autobahn Country Club and contributes to a number of Auto sites for Internet Brands, including MB World and 6SpeedOnline.

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