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Driving around the streets of Los Angeles, it is easy to spot a plethora of Honda Civics attempting to achieve the appearance of the world's fastest economy car. Huge shopping cart wings, monster tachometers and racing stripes often highlight the package. Legitimate world record speed isn't achieved on any city street, however, and not with any aerodynamic packages reminiscent of shopping. It is achieved on the Bonneville Salt Flats in northwestern Utah. The latest records indicate that there is only one car with the claim to the title of World's Fastest Honda Civic. That car happens to belong to automotive writer Richard Holdener and it is currently available for sale on eBay.

Richard's Lucas Oil sponsored 1999 Honda Civic Si ran a top speed of 227.7 mph back in August of this year. Despite the Civic's ability to produce 728 hp at 29 psi of boost, the record was achieved with only 15.2 psi. Inherently weak stock Honda CV joints were apparently the hold-up in laying down the full power band. It certainly wasn't due to any failure of the engine components, since the parts list reads like a roll call of some of the best names in the American Honda tuning game. Any small-displacement four cylinder engine tuned to output in excess of 700 ponies has to be stocked to the gills with improvements. The cost to own this piece of history, and the potential to make some of your own, starts at $21,777.77. The car's located in Las Vegas, Nevada, so those must be some lucky 7's in the price.

Thanks for the tip Srihari!


[Source: eBay Motors]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      isn't having the world's fastest civic kinda like winning the special olympics?
        • 6 Years Ago
        i dunno

        wouldn't it be like someone from the special olympics winning in the regular olympics?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take it if I can still fit the kids, wife, and groceries. Oh, and still get 30 MPG.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This is actually quite nice. I read the topic before the image loaded and i was expecting to see some major riced out crap.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Those wheels should make it to at least the production hybrid. And the air dam as well.

      • 6 Years Ago
      "Inherently weak stock Honda CV joints were apparently the hold-up in laying down the full power band."

      OK, somebody help me out. I'm not a racer by any stretch (or a ricer for that matter), but why in the wide, wide world of sports would somebody do all of those engine mods and then keep the stock CV joints???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Just imagine when V-Tech kicks in, yo!
        • 6 Years Ago
        LOL. Thank you for making my weekend.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That is faster and more powerful than a Ferrari Enzo! XD
      • 6 Years Ago
      Every ricer just wet themselves.

      *plastic wing falls off the trunk*
        • 6 Years Ago
        If that were the case, people would be betting on the remains of the world's fastest Civic right now.
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Honda caked with salt.... it might already be too late to buy this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I reading this right? 200hp loss from the drive train?
        • 6 Years Ago
        I think you might be reading it wrong. The 728hp dyno was done at 29psi, while the 517hp dyno was done at 17psi.
      996700
      • 6 Years Ago
      i read this week, that turbo magazine is coming to an end.tuff times.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Old News

      This is news from 2006 in my Turbo Mag.
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