Monday, March 03, 2008

Project Civic ~ Intro

After having spent nearly 2 years plus of driving thrill in my fairly stock converted EG6 (in Ferio chassis), the fun factor had all but slowly fading away as my driving gets better habituated with that high revving potent little B16A, over time. My thirst for more POWAH is becoming insatiable… =p

I always have an affection for fast cars as much as I do, for pretty women =p; ask any guy ~ owning Ferrari or Porshe would definitely be on their wishlist. Though, reality check tells me I’d hardly be able to afford neither anytime soon ~ unless I hit TOTO MEGA 1/52 which, I can continue to daydream about. =p So I’d just make do with what I have ~ a potent budget car platform to start building & tuning to its full potential; gradually, as I start learning to explore & appreciate its finer points in driving & handling at each level *might take years to accomplish & largely dependant on my current-state $$ also*

I have outlined my tuning approach to be taken for this project with reliability, drivability (coz it’s my daily driver), practicality (petrol prices ain’t coming down) & cost effectiveness in mind.

1. All motor NA (naturally aspirated) build. So no forced induction: turbo, supercharger, NOS etc..

~ Advantages: a) jimat minyak, b) an easier daily driver to live with (lower maintenance $$), c) less prone to reliability & tuning issues (VTECs aren't too turbo friendly) d) inherent engine high revving nature can be retained

~Disadvantage: a) Turbocharging is the most cost effective (comparatively) & surest way (kinda like a short cut) to attain crazy engine horsepower figures to deliver that kick-ass neck snapping acceleration, b) want more power, just tune up the boost & pray that your engine does not blow up

2. No stroker kit (to increase displacement); though B16/B20 or B16/B18 hybrids are the craze today

~ Advantages (of retaining displacement): a) Jimat minyak, b) Again, less prone to reliability issue ~ added mechanical stress with stroking can't be too kind for your engine's lifespan, c) Still get to revvit thru the rooftop (rev limit not compromised), d) No hassle with engine paperwork, registration & re-inspection (due to cc change)

~ Disadvantage (of increasing displacement): a) Better torque across all rpm range. "There is no replacement for displacement" ~ a tag that still holds true in building a high powered engine

I’m sticking to a 1.6L NA all motor build. With this somewhat conservative approach, achieving 200 whp might seem overly optimistic, but will be worth the shot. "The response and urgency of a highly tuned NA engine is what gets me going" ~ best describes my stand.


Ehon said...

i know nuts about cars, what more to say tune cars. hehe. :P

cal81 said...

ha, i guess u're just being modest.. i just know a bit lar, not in practical fixing & tuning though.. =p