The Staff of Motorsport Marketing
The Staff of Motorsport Marketing Writer
5/24/19 8:42 a.m.

Story and Photography by Tara Hurlin

The wide stance and giant wings make it the one Honda Civic that Batman would drive. And like the Batmobile, this one goes out in all kinds of weather. “Snow makes for great rooster tails,” Cody Loveland, the car’s builder, says with a grin.

The Civic, lovingly called the Beastie Hatch, is now his muse for aerodynamic experimentation. “An aero car is designed from the tire up,” he explains. “We fit the largest, widest tires we could in order to handle the aero loads, and then we built the largest aero kit ever fit to a Civic.”

The Beastie Hatch’s aero concept is based on the CFD-designed and real-world-proven front and rear wings found on Cody’s Enviate Hypercar program. This gave Cody a solid base as well as a road map for the radical underbody aero.

Cody and Aric Streeter, the Civic’s current owner, are just starting to tap into the next stage of development: getting every component to work seamlessly. In fact, wet fall testing in 2017 proved that the aero was working, but Cody didn’t know to what extent until he drove it during our photoshoot. That’s when he discovered that the 700 lbs./in. springs could bottom out under downforce on Northern Michigan’s weathered roads.

Since then, he’s resolved the issue with Eibach 1450 lbs./in. springs in the front and 1100 lbs./in. rear main springs. He also added helper springs inside of the main springs: an additional 2000 lbs./in. of support in the front and 1250 lbs./in. for the rear. The helper springs only activate under significant suspension compression, such as heavy aero load or extreme weight transfers.

This setup proved successful during a light shakedown at the Empire Hill Climb. “We were able to measure the ride height compression at speed and work backwards through other known variables to find real-world downforce,” Cody explains. “In short, it’s a lot. We won’t publish actual numbers until we hit a wind tunnel with load cells.”

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GameboyRMH
GameboyRMH MegaDork
5/24/19 9:56 a.m.

Those look like factory front shock towers, I'm surprised they survive those spring rates, especially once the inner springs are engaged.

te72
te72 Reader
5/25/19 12:12 p.m.

I have to keep my cars from ending up at this level of insane. It's VERY tempting, but combine incompatible roads, lack of venues that would highlight an aero car's capabilities, and perhaps most importantly, I have no idea beyond theory what I'm doing with aero design, and... you see where I'm going with this.

 

Love this little Honda though, definitely has a presence!

BoostedBrandon
BoostedBrandon SuperDork
5/25/19 1:32 p.m.

Be sure to follow Tara on Instagram she has a great feed.

Number1Gaza
Number1Gaza New Reader
12/30/19 10:34 p.m.

500whp in a car that probably weighs 2000 lbs, with enough aero and tires to put it to the ground, this might be one of the more ridiculous fwd builds I've seen. 
 
it would be interesting if someone took this shell and shoved a 4th gen Acura TL-S AWD drivetrain in it.  It would be a ton of fabrication and custom parts (driveshafts and axles would have to be custom built), and who knows how long the stock AWD drivetrain would last with a turbo pushing power through it, but it would theoretically be amazing.  

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