It's been a while since Project Civic EF Racecar has had an update outside of the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race coverage articles. So here we'll take a closer look at the oil cooler upgrade thanks to Earl's Performance. The oil cooler setup which came with Project EF worked fine, but had some room to improve in regards to overall performance with the core, and durability with the lines. With the heat and abuse a wheel-to-wheel race car can put into the engine oil during 30 minute sprint races, having a cooler configuration with high levels of effectiveness is critical. Also essential is having lines sized correctly for proper flow and oil pressure.
With the first MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship race weekend approaching fast after the initial shakedown at Buttonwillow Raceway in part 2, Project Civic EF Racecar had a laundry list of modifications, parts installs, and safety preparation to take care of. In retrospect as I write this article, I’m truly shocked but also proud how it all came together. But during the process, I was under a lot of stress. With not only a significant amount of mechanical changes happening to the car, but also a big exterior overhaul, the scheduling had to be extremely precise. The collaborative effort between myself, principal sponsors, and contributing shops was the only way Project EF made it to the MPTCC grid. Here’s the story as to how it all came together, right down to the wire.
In Part 1 of MotoIQ Project Civic EF Racecar, we familiarized you guys with the car's state when it was first purchased and how that purchase came about. In Part 2 you get to see how the EF starts to come together in preparation for its first track shakedown and how it ultimately performed. Was it slow? Was it fast? Do we even like the car? All these questions and more will be answered.
I’m sure some of you are curious as to how a 1990 Civic hatch has now become a part of the MotoIQ project car fleet. Others who are fans of the 88-91 model range of Honda front wheel drive cars might be excited to see the old and gold econo car on the pages of this very site. Regardless of your preference, this former grocery getter is going to make a run in the MotoIQ Pacific Tuner Car Championship for 2015, but that wasn’t always the plan.