Most of us started with this platform when we were starting our days of ricer hood. Infatuated by the love of VTEC, some of us stayed and some of us, well, left and grew into different platforms. One of those in the Honda cult that never turned his back to the H emblem is Jose Jimenez. Jose, like many of us out there had one objective, and that is to go fast, REAL fast. And though many talk of going fast, very few live up to the integrity that it takes to actually achieve the speed that some of us only “talk” about or dream about.
Having a balls out EG hatch in the ballpark of 950 wheel horsepower, Jose is no slouch when it comes to the language of speed. Hovering consistently in the 9 second range at the track, Jose brings the heat and that is where he keeps it. After a near fatal accident which nearly took his 16 year old life while street racing, Jose came about his wits and decided that there is only one place he is going to be keeping his cars, and that is the track.
Now here at Mayday Garage we primarily cover cars that reside on the street, but when our photo ace Khiem Pham was asked a few months ago to check out a super “clean” drag civic that an acquaintance of his knew, our curiosity was piqued.
Six months ago I got a call from Khiem that went a little something like this, “ Yo JohnP, man, I just saw one CLEAN ass drag civic that I want to shoot for the blog.” Now Khiem is an old Honda Junkie, having rolled a 500+ whp Accord in 2003, he is no noob to the Honda game so I trust his opinion.
Therefore I asked him, “What was it about the car that got your attention? I mean, drag civics are a dime a dozen…”
And Khiem put it simply like this, “It’s not the speed factor that gets me about this car, it’s the fact that Cali style fashion just met Texas drag and we HAVE to shoot this. From shaved bays to an ultra clean tub, this engine bay looks like it belongs in a So-Cal Honda show, no bull shit. “ …..I was sold.
We have all seen it before, balls fast drag cars that look janky and balls fast cars that look, well, for a lack of better words, just plain. But the fact that Jose’s car wasn’t either and looked like a car show winner that also whoops ass on the track is what caught our ace Khiem’s eye for a Mayday Garage shoot…that was until the car blew on the dyno after a tune the day of the shoot…therefore 6 months ago the shoot never happened.
5 months later…
Up comes a random trip to our buddies at Secret Services with Mayday Mikey. The purpose of the trip was to check out what builds that they had been releasing from their “secret” factory when there it was, in front of my eyes, the same candy apple, no bullshit, all purpose, super clean drag EG hatch that Khiem had cast his eyes upon 5 months earlier. It was a sign from the Gods of Bomex that a shoot was to commence.
Walking up to the EG Beast, my mind started to recall the conversation that Khiem and I had 5 months earlier about a drag EG that met Cali street style. Then it clicked as I looked at the meticulous shaved bay with an oversized intake manifiold, eight injectors, and a Precision Billet 4272 Ball Bearing turbo. A turbo the size of Beyonce’s ass, this was the car Khiem wanted to shoot.
Glancing at the bay, the cam covers were taken off and Secret Services tuner, Chris, pointed out some of the highlights that were to be seen as the heart in naked form. “Ferrera roller cam setup coupled with Ferrera springs, retainers and keepers”, Chris explained. He then looked at me with a grin and said, “spared no expense, this is the real shit.” … I didn’t disagree.
Looking to my right I introduced myself to the man himself, Mr. Jose Jimenez, who was wrenching away trying to get the car prepped for the drag strip the following Friday for a test and tune.
After chatting with Jose a bit I learned that his beast is 95% DIY…and even the paint, yup, done in his garage at his house. Props.
After introducing myself, Jose looked at me, smiled, and asked, “so, you wanna hear me start this thing up or what?” Looking at Mikey, then looking back at Jose we both said, “Hell yes!” and so commenced the reassemble of the motor and an engine start that would have made most high school jocks wet their pants.
I will say that the most shocking thing about the front / top view of the 2.0 liter B-Series is the exhaust piping that exits the hood as if Satan himself had the hood shut on him and his horns sheared holes through the carbon hood. But unlike other drag cars that’ll just slice and dice a hood Jose did it in style. Fabricating a one-off Texas plate that fits all three exits, Jose felt that he had to show the world that Lone Star State does not play around.
After our introductions at Secret Services we followed Jose the following Friday to Houston Raceway Park where we watched him lay down some serious times. On his first pass with a brand new motor and fresh tune Jose laid down a quick 9.24 second quarter a 151 MPH. The time is no laughing matter.
I think that the most entertaining value of seeing Jose’s car on the track is how people to this day, even after witnessing sport compact racing for so long still don’t believe how fast cars like Jose’s are. The amount of jaws that dropped in the audience at the track during Jose’s runs were priceless, and made those hundreds of hours of labor worth every minute. Insert Redneck voice here, “Gawtdamn Pa, you see that ricer lay down a 9 second pass? Sooon of a Bitch!”
Jose has put countless hours of blood, sweat and tears in this build. Inspired by his father and his burning passion for speed, Jose told me he plans to go a long way with his drag racing career, and of course I said, “hopefully we can be there to watch ;)”. After his close calls with the 8 second mark, we look to see Jose in the full 8 second range soon.
Pray To God Of BOMEX I Hope Your Speed Over The Rival.
– Mayday Garage Team
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The Lonestar Monster’s Mod List.
84mm O-ring Golden Eagle Sleeved Gsr B18c block
ARP main studs
Golden Eagle Head Gasket
GSR head unported
Iconel standard size valves
Ferrea Springs, retainers, keepers
Supertech Bronze valve guides
Ferrea Roller cam set up
Golden Eagle Head studs
BMC Intake Manifold and fuel rail
8 injectors, 4 EFI Wizards 1000cc, 4 Fuel Injector Clinic 2150’s
Air 2 Water Intercooler set up
Precision Billet 4272 Ball Bearing Turbo
Two TIAL MV-R 44mm Wastegates
TIAL Blow Off Valve
Two Meizere Water Pumps, one for water box and one for motor.
Full Race twin scroll manifold
Liberty Dog Box with Liberty Billet Casing
AVID solid motor mounts
Mark William Axle, Spool, Halfshaft and brake set up
Skunk 2 upper contol arms as rear control arms
Weld Wheels with bead locks by Champion Wheels
Custom Paint Kandy Apple Red with all Matte Black powder coating
Racepak Datalog Dash
ARC Switch Panels
K-sport staging break
Pro Efi 128 Engine Management
Custom Harness done by Secret Service Auto
Mickey Thompson Slicks and Skinnes
Custom Fuel Cell
….. and much more.
Until Next Time.