With this last stretch of summer heat left, it made me consider the following topic (sidenote, I remember by this time of the year as a kid, it was already cooler… Even cold. But anyway…). I didn’t realize how much this intake set up is slept on. Honda engineers of that era designed it to comply with the economy and at peak performance, as if they knew they were going to drive the Civic chassis in N1.
But outside of N1 regulations, some still rock the oem air box simply because it works, some even remove the filter completely.
At various track events drivers will opt for the this setup. It’s as if it’s a homage to the N1 days, showing that “yeah I have the OEM air box and I’m passing you on the track” mentality. People will even put their own twist to it by adding a metal intake arm and/or wrapping the air box in heat reflective tape. You’ll even see it on cars that run the kanjo.
Mugen and Comptech/CT Engineering iceboxes are essentially fancier air boxes.
Don’t knock it if it works. This set up isn’t for everyone, especially if your motor is built for high horsepower. But at the end of the day, give the car what it wants, not what you want. ✌️🙏
Around this time of the year I always looked forward to shark week. Back in the days it acted as an aquatic mine of info on one of my favorite animals on the planet.
Since shark week is different now, I look forward to National Geographic’s Sharkfest. I am sure it’ll be more informative than watching Rhonda Rousey dive with sharks (no disrespect to her at all). The name Sharkfest is also shared with a car meet that focuses on a specific BMW model which my pops used to own; the BMW 635 CSi. These are the only pictures I can find before it was lost for good. The feature that never happened.
For those who don’t know, they get the nickname for this specific body style because the front end is shaped similar to a shark (along with many other BMW’s).
Some little shark facts:
The NGR red shark was transformed into the orange and black red bull NGR EG6 years ago. From my understanding the boss of NGR doesn’t own it anymore.
The NGR teal shark transformed into the “highway maintenance” themed EG6 which debuted at the 2020 Osaka Auto Messe (Wrecked back on April).
The NGR blue shark got into a bad accident a few years ago, but made a full recovery and still hauling ass on the track and street.
The white, yellow and pink NGR EG6 Civic’s still exist. They’re rarely seen at track events but when they appear they let it rip, even on the streets.
The shark sticker on my car also serves as a homage to the NGR shark Civic’s. The short fin mako is the fastest shark on the planet. It uses speed rather than brute force to catch it’s prey. Sharkfest continues tomorrow for 3 weeks, peep it out. Have a good week y’all.