There are few things more inspiring than a blank canvas, and Honda has recently given the company's enthusiasts just that with its new body-in-white Civic. The chassis is perfect for racecar builders who would otherwise spend plenty of time, energy and cost stripping out components in the quest for weight reduction.

Honda officially began selling the body-in-white Civic models in July, and the automaker has already delivered a handful of shells to licensed race teams. If you like what you see, Honda will sell you your very own stripped-down Civic shell for just $3,500, though don't expect niceties like suspension components or an engine and drivetrain. There's word yet on whether or not the shells come with a VIN, of course.

Honda has also announced that HPD will begin offering parts and racing components specifically designed for the 2012 Civic. The company says that the pieces have been crafted for the SCCA World Challenge and the Grand Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge. Expect to hear more on that front when the parts go on sale early next year.


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      4 String
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is kinda cool. If only they would offer a body in white CR-Z though...
      Elmo
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've got a friend with a Jackson supercharged H22 that has no car with it that would absolutely LOVE one of these. He even has the money to purchase something like this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Elmo
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      landypd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      how bout building a friggin kickass engine thats revs onto stratosphere.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @landypd5
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      SHG
      • 3 Years Ago
      It may come with a VIN. As silly as it sounds SCCA log books/tech inspection require a VIN
        • 3 Years Ago
        @SHG
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      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      Still front wheel drive though.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Alex Butti
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's a fvcking awesome news ! Too bad this shell is heavy and big. Honda should go back to the EG/EK size. Best selling cars ever !
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Alex Butti
        Just because it's a bigger car, doesn't mean it's heavy. This car weighs well under 3,000lbs in SI trim. With a stripped interior and everything you don't need for racing removed, it'll be even lighter.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
          I'd love to know the weight on this one. Why not just start out with a blown engine MR2 spyder? Can be had for under $3000 will have everything needed except an engine. You won't have to worry about adding a seat (unless you want to change it) or shifter. You can obviously strip everything out that you dont want (ac/radiator, stereo etc) and sell those parts to make some of the $2500-3000 back. The stripped MR2 is probably MUCH lighter than this. The only difference is the mr is rwd and 2 seater versus a fwd setup with 4-5 seats. If you're racing it, unless you're trying for a specific class then this doesn't make sense. I think the target market for this is VERY small. People could just buy an old civic 3 door and not worry about putting headlights etc on it, they could just tape over them.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Elmo
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      Drakkon
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm surprized to see I'm the first to point out this is fifteen years too late.
      Sorten Borten
      • 3 Years Ago
      I would pay twice that much for a 5th gen civic hatchback shell updated with high tensile steel and other modern materials and construction techniques.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sorten Borten
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          4 String
          • 3 Years Ago
          the TT RS is a highly capable machine and could outpace a similar Porsche at a lower price point. pointless? hardly.
      miketim1
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is the first performance related anything I've seen from Honda in some time....
        Elmo
        • 3 Years Ago
        @miketim1
        The previous generation SI? How about the Type Rs the past few years?
      Adventurer
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the white color =)
      • 3 Years Ago
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