AES Auto: A Civic for Street and Strip!


144.5 miles per hour in the quarter mile driving a Honda Civic street car. Simply wow. Consistenly running 140+ mph passes in ten and a half seconds. And – going for nines! A 150 mph pass has just happened so that single digit pass is getting closer and closer.

Paulo has owned this 1998 Honda Civic for about three years, but he has worked on it for years. It has had many faces during its life as it has been everything from a show car to a drag strip monster. From 2000 to 2005, it was running a B swap and painted green. At the Mission Drag Strip it was known, for obvious reasons, as the 'Green Civic'. Then at the economic downturn around 2007, the car was parted out and left sitting outside as a bare shell. A new owner got it, and it was painted Type R Championship White. Paulo was wrenching on it throughout this time, and a K swap was installed. In 2014 the car was in Paulo's hands. This is when it started to get serious.


Carbon Fibre panels were added to the front bumper in July to direct air flow around the obviously large air scoops in the front bumper. With air flow directed and forced through the intercooler, the expectation is that the car will be cooler.


The engine in the car is a K24A that originally was found in an Acura TSX. The engine was rebuilt using CP Pistons and BC Rods. This past spring Paulo pulled the rods and pistons to inspect them after a full season of use. They were pristine.


It has a stock head with stock valves. The head has not been ported and the cams are stock. AES Auto installed Supertech valve retainers and springs. The car runs a stock RBC manifold that was originally on a CSX Type S. A filter is attached to the turbo for street running. On the strip, a snorkel is fitted to the scoop on the hood – testing shows that a larger scoop is required!


Bosch 2200cc injectors are installed in a Golden Eagle fuel rail and fuel is pushed through -8 fuel line feed/-6 return via a Walbro 450lph E85 single pump and an AEM regulator.

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