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As expected, the focus on Honda’s SEMA Show display this year is its all-new 2012 Civic - the Si in particular. Rather than display dozens of cars like in the past, Honda has chosen just a select few tuners to create the most wildly modified Civics they could dream up.
Stealing the show at the Honda booth is the Fox Marketing car. The team at Fox Marketing has been building SEMA Show cars for years (perhaps decades) and this might just be the most extreme example yet – although apart from the oversized 20-inch Vossen wheels, it might just be the team’s cleanest. Of note on the car, apart from the obvious custom widebody and aero kit provided from CarBodyKits.com, the 2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine has been tuned to make 450-hp. And for a touch of trivia, the turbo used to generate all that power is the very same one used on Honda’s LMP1/LMP2 race programs as well as on the 2012 IndyCar engines.
Next up is the Bisimoto car, taking Honda’s “a Civic for everyone” approach and applying it to the race track. While Honda says there’s a Civic for everyone, ranging from young males who want a fun-to-drive Si, to a hybrid for the granola types, Bisimoto has designed this show car to serve triple-duty as time attack car, a touring car and as a drag racer. And in true over-the-top SEMA style, it makes 1,004-hp.
Sitting between the two wildly modified cars on the show floor is a mildly customized Civic Si sedan, built using Genuine Honda Accessories and some custom Honda Factory Performance wheels. Plus, it’s been wrapped by Wraptivo in a matte-silver to help it fit in at SEMA.
In addition to these cars, Honda is displaying several CR-Z models and a supercharged Accord. Two cars are still kept under wraps, but out spies have uncovered that one is a Compass 360 race car, while the other is the 2012 Civic Si HFP, a factory modified version sporting a more aggressive aero kit, larger 18-inch wheels and an upgraded suspension.
GALLERY: Fox Marketing 2012 Honda Civic Si
GALLERY: Bisimoto 2012 Civic Si
GALLERY: Custom Honda Civic Si Sedan
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Driver Will Chan and his twincharged Enmo Racing Honda Civic turned the Time Attack world on its ear with a dominating performance at the Redline Time Attack Autobahn Country Club event (near Chicago), where Chan won the Street FWD class by 5-seconds over the nearest competitor and reset the class track record by over 3-seconds. In fact, Chan’s car was so fast his time was just 0.2-seconds off the Street AWD record.
Proving that racing is often a fickle mistress, the Enmo Racing Civic was then unceremoniously rear-ended by a Mitsubishi Evolution VIII that slid off the track in the same puddle of oil that the little Honda encountered just moments before. As the pictures available after the jump show, this left the oil-spewing Honda S2000 that started the unfortunate chain reaction and the Enmo Civic sitting in a dangerous spot on the outside of an oil-covered corner, and before the corner workers could throw a red flag to warn the oncoming Mitsubishi, it too hit the slick patch and careened off the track into both Hondas.
Enmo Racing hasn’t let this cruel twist of fate slow them down though, so expect to see this amazing turbocharged and supercharged old school Honda tearing it up at an upcoming Redline Time Attack event, perhaps even at the legendary Sebring road course in August as well as the series finals in November.
[Source: Enmo Racing]
We recently reported that Honda tuner Mugen was planning a version of the Euro-spec Civic Type-R and now that story has essentially been confirmed as Mugen has released photos and a short video of its front-drive hot-hatch.
Mugen still hasn’t release any details on the model, but it is expected to follow the format set by the 4-door Honda Civic Mugen RR. That means output from the 2.0-liter four-cylinder will be massaged to 237hp at 8000 rpm and 160 ft-lbs of torque at a lofty 7000 rpm.
The photos confirm a aggressive body kit, a dual-exhaust setup and what appear to be 18-inch wheels. What we don’t know is if the rear seats will be deleted, as reported.
Also up in the air are the Brembo brakes. We would expect to see them on this car (like on the RR), but in a short video of the car that Mugen released they appear to be absent.
It does appear as though that the car will be only offered as a right-hand drive U.K.-spec model, and while that is unfortunate for the rest of Europe, it is expected as the Honda following in Briton is much higher than on the continent.
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GALLERY: Mugen U.K.-Spec Civic Type-R