Hello Subaru BRZ and Goodbye EF Hot Hatch

Posted: November 8, 2012 in Miscellaneous

A lot of major changes have happened over the past year with my racing and involvement with NASA as I am much busier than before so have not had much time to post.  However the off season is finally here and it’s time for me to catch up on a lot of projects.  First up is the new addition to our garage and the car it replaces.

I am now the proud owner of a 2013 BRZ in Galaxy Blue Silica – base model with 200hp flat 4 cylinder, 6 speed manual with LSD, and just north of 2,700 lbs.  This has to be one of the most exciting cars to hit the market in many years.  Though it might be slower than much heavier and more powerful cars similar priced – nothing really comes close to the overall package of looks and performance.

Unfortunately I have to say goodbye to my current daily driver and track toy.  The 1988-1991 (a.k.a. the EF) Civic was a revelation in affordable performance cars with Honda still withholding the forbidden fruit from the US customer in order to protect its Acura brand from competition from below (how silly of them).  With the SOHC Si models in the Civic Hatchback Si and CRX Si versions they actually had 1/4 mile times that were not embarrassing – but where they really hit their stride was everywhere else the car had to go that didn’t involve straight line acceleration (something a car that weighs < 2,100 lbs can do).  However with a couple grand and a weekend you could make your USDM EF into a ROW EF SiR (with the good engines / transmissions).  A cult following they became and were known as the ’57 Chevy of my generation where you could “rice” them up to epically embarrassing proportions.  I’ve done my best to convert my EF to a ROW (rest of world) model Honda sold everywhere but the US market with the hot engine, firmer suspension and better brakes.  Long live the EF Hot Hatches and now to enjoy the BRZ for its pure driving bliss.  It is not goodbye forever as this car will be competing next year in either Time Trials or Performance Touring and living not far from me either 😉


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