Mar 28, 2005 update to the Honda Civic Si project car

BMX and Klingon Foreheads

To preserve our autocross tires as much as possible, our Civic is now wearing a set of Rota Auto-X wheels wrapped with BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW tires.
Yes, the tread's pattern looks like a Klingon's forehead

The Civic was off this weekend, as we passed on a local Buccaneer Region autocross due to rain and prior commitments. While we didn’t race this weekend, the car did transport us to one, as we attended the National Bicycle League’s Easter Classic BMX race in Orlando on Sunday. Since this was an Elite Series and UCI points event, the pro class was pretty well stacked. Acura NSX driver Jason Richardson looked fast. Since we realize that not too many of you are into BMX, keep an eye on ISTV for details on the sport. (The site goes live next month, and fellow car nut, friend of the magazine, and retired BMX pro Craig Reynolds is involved in the project; speaking of Reynolds, he gets his new MINI Cooper S today.)

As usual, the Civic made the drive to Orlando and back with no drama at all. The car did a look a little different for the trip, however, as we finally installed our “street” wheels. We’re going to save our BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KD tires for autocross use, so we’re now running the 205/50WR15 BFGoodrich g-Force T/A KDW tire. This is the second generation of the tire and carries the g-Force T/A KDW-2 designation at The Tire Rack’s site; retail price is $99 each.)

The tires are mounted on our gunmetal 15x6.5-inch Rota Auto-X wheels. With a name like Auto-X, how could we pass it up? By the way, the Auto-X wheels are available from Wheel Dude for $475 per set delivered.

We have not given the KDWs anything near a full workout yet, but the initial impressions are good: sticky and meaty, although they’re not the quietest tire out there. As expected, The Tire Rack’s comments and testing back up this fact, although the tire does post some strong performance numbers for both dry- and wet-weather testing.

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