rh77 have you seen the famous video of a civic hatch smoking a yellow EVO??? This just proves you don't have to buy a 30k car in order to go fast.
For roughly $10,000 I was smoking the **** out of Mustang GT's and nearly all 4 cylinders with my Civic.
If you're willing to do the work yourself, you don't have to spend that much to blow away the competition.
My aim wasn't to go out street racing, and I'm not a mechanic. I wanted a one-off Rally car that I could have some fun with, and the EVO was the first one to fit the bill in the 'States. I had been watching them on the WRC for a few years at that point, and really wanted one. The EVO-8 isn't designed just for straight-line stuff -- if you dragged it too often, the clutch would be fried in no-time. I had a '99 Civic Si (B16A2) with no major mods that I could've easily modded to go fast in a straight line, but to have an AWD car with a warranty, recaro seats with 5-point harness points, four doors, a usable trunk, A/C, and a hand-made carbon-fiber spoiler seemed like perfect fun. Especially by putting Winter tires on in the colder months. I couldn't wait for the snow and ice. SUVs were sliding all over the place and here I was having a blast, in control. The pull from the turbo in 2nd and especially 3rd gears was truly memorable -- in any weather condition. The rear LSD locked-in when slip was detected and off you went. The steering was super-quick and handling was almost too good to keep up with. I could go on, but I won't bore you with the how much fun this car was (and I got to drive it to work every day) :-) It's out of my system now, and I'm driving a de-tuned Integra at 15 MPH under the highway speed limit. Who would've figured :?
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