800-Horsepower Honda Civic to Run at Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge

For more than a decade our Tire Rack Ultimate Track Car Challenge has offered an open invitation to all lovers of speed: Bring your car with all the horsepower, downforce and engineering you can conceive to set the fastest lap possible around Virginia International Raceway.

Will Au-Yeung took that challenge and ran with it like Forrest Gump. His Vibrant Performance 2012 Honda Civic Si makes over 800 horsepower and still puts the power down through the front wheels. How? A good driver and the downforce surface area similar to a medium-sized billboard.

This thing doesn’t just look the part, it puts down the lap times to match. Just this weekend, Will set a new front-wheel-drive lap record at Road Atlanta, at a staggering 1:19.509. Not only does that smash the previous front-wheel-drive record by almost four seconds, it’s actually the fastest lap Global Time Attack has ever recorded at Road Atlanta. And it’s front-wheel drive!

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mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/14/18 3:44 p.m.

Will you be live streaming this nonsense? As someone who just spent the week driving tracks in a MUCH slower 8th gen Civic, I'm on the edge of my seat to see this car run.

Ed Higginbotham
Ed Higginbotham Associate Editor
5/14/18 3:47 p.m.

Yes, we'll be making live broadcasts throughout the weekend, and we'll be sure to provide a closer look at this one.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/14/18 3:51 p.m.

You're the best. Weekend ruined. Many thanks.

NickD
NickD UberDork
5/14/18 4:01 p.m.

This thing makes me think of Chris Rado's 1200hp FWD Scion tC time attack car. Whatever happened to that thing?

Jaynen
Jaynen UltraDork
5/14/18 4:30 p.m.

I'll be there but am unsure how I could put up any sort of reasonable quality stream

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/14/18 4:33 p.m.

In reply to Jaynen :

Take one billion pictures of the car in paddock. All angles. Be rewarded by the internet. 

Jaynen
Jaynen UltraDork
5/14/18 6:53 p.m.

You only want billions of photos of the honda or in general? I can probably do a lot of photos, Ill even sext them to you if you want lol

kb58
kb58 SuperDork
5/14/18 7:21 p.m.
Jaynen said:

...I can probably do a lot of photos, Ill even sext them to you if you want lol

Hold on there, wrong forum!

Jaynen
Jaynen UltraDork
5/14/18 7:34 p.m.
kb58 said:
Jaynen said:

...I can probably do a lot of photos, Ill even sext them to you if you want lol

Hold on there, wrong forum!

Of the car of course, just making fun of him wanting a bunch of pictures of it

1LapSRT
1LapSRT New Reader
5/15/18 9:08 a.m.

In reply to NickD :

That particular car was never fully developed.  That was the AWD car.   His FWD was successful for many years, but after about 8 years, all his times have fallen to Will and his Super Civic!

Both cars have been mothballed/parted as Scion pulled out of the game.

mazdeuce - Seth
mazdeuce - Seth Mod Squad
5/15/18 9:45 a.m.
Jaynen said:
kb58 said:
Jaynen said:

...I can probably do a lot of photos, Ill even sext them to you if you want lol

Hold on there, wrong forum!

Of the car of course, just making fun of him wanting a bunch of pictures of it

Which I do. I'm searching for clever ideas that we might be able to implement. Lots of "how to they get heat out of that car" stuff in particular. How the hood/fenders/radiator are vented, that sort of thing. The 8th gen cars are either packaging nightmares or packing genius depending on what side of the equation you fall on and there is a lot of stuff that I'm scratching my head about. 

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