See Epic RWD Honda Civic Drift Car Come To Life In Just 10 Minutes

Here’s a question for fans of Japanese compact sports. Would Toyota’s AE86 be the legend it is today if it weren’t rear-wheel drive? That’s not to say that the Honda Civic hasn’t carved out its own legacy in the genre, but you’re not going to lock yourself in completely to the opposite for drifting madness without prolific use of the handbrake. And you never achieve endless power-up drift.

That said, there have been more than a few Civic conversions done over the years, converting the front-wheel drive runabout to either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. In fact, all-wheel-drive swaps are surprisingly common in the world of Civic aftermarket parts, and a simple rear-wheel-only solution is usually to remove the front axles. This epic Civic build from Jimmy Oakes of Oakes Garage doesn’t follow this formula to create a Civic that spins the rear wheels. Instead, it has a motor with a good north-south orientation connected to a rear axle, and the finished product will drop your jawbone.

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It’s because it’s not an overnight hacking job that we often see YouTubers. As the video shows, this Civic EX 2000 is initially a well-used machine, but soon after the engine was released, we feel that considerable thought has gone into the build. Reinforcing an assortment of Nissan 240SX components requires full fabrication, but most impressive is how the job is ultimately put away with exceptional welds, seam sealer, and fresh paint to give this project a high degree of professionalism. The interior is even reassembled despite a bespoke transmission tunnel, and the car looks very streetable.

This too love go sideways. The plan was to build a Civic drift car, so the custom front suspension is set up for extreme steering angles. A turbocharged Nissan KA24 delivers the power, and in another video on the channel, we see it’s tuned to produce 257 horsepower (192 kilowatts) and 271 pound-feet (367 Newton-meters) of torque. It’s certainly not an extreme number, but turning the rear wheels in something as small as a Civic is more than enough for an inordinate level of fun.

The 10 minute clip shown here is a montage of the build, but we think it doesn’t do justice to the work that was done in this car. The channel includes several other videos showing the process from start to finish, and from what we’ve seen, bringing this Civic to life without spending tons of money was truly a Herculean effort. Judging by the drifting action seen at the end of this video, we would say the trials and tribulations were worth it.

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