The most interesting car to me is the one that entirely defies expectations and at the AER race for the Jalopnik Cup of Excellence earlier this month I was shocked one morning to see a bright orange-and-white Civic hatch tear its way through a line of BMWs in a couple of laps. Just watch the video.

Mike Bednar and his “RealDime” (get it?) racing team managed t turn a 1992 Honda Civic CX into the fastest car on the track, putting in 1:15 laps around NJMP’s Lightning circuit, compared to 1:18s for some of the faster BMWs. One look at the car and it’s obvious how they did it: A J32A out of a 2003 Acura TL Type S with a six-speed LSD.

Bednar called this race more of a shake down for the car, which they’d just finished building, and they quickly learned there wasn’t enough air getting into the radiator. It was a simple enough fix as they drilled some holes in the bumper and then buzzed through the radiator support.

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They didn’t win the race, of course, but there’s something highly amusing about a hot rod Honda being the faster but slightly unreliable car at a track full of BMWs, Porsches, and a GM V6-powered Mazda RX-7. Once they get their issues sorted it’ll probably be one of the cars to beat at future AER races.

FWD FTW!

Video: Nic Stango and Michael Roselli, Photos courtesy of Puppy Knuckles


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