The event motorsport often a prefix person to begin to explore and loved the automotive world as a whole. From the motorsport event , many of us were finally inspired to finally decide to propose or bring home the same vehicle they saw at the motorsport event . No exception this one Intersport man, Ricky Dianto.
The man who works as a businessman fell in love with the Honda Civic Nouva in 1990. According to Ricky himself, the reason he chose this car was the big name Civic, which became one of the most feared front-wheel drive cars in various world motorsport events .
The Honda Civic is indeed one of the most successful model lines made by the Japanese automotive giant, even in Indonesia itself the Civic has also become one of the most popular models by various groups, from the old to the young.
The Dominance and Popularity of the Civic Inspires
The popularity of the Civic was what inspired Ricky Dianto to propose to him and make the car his project car . Coming from a family that has a love for Japanese manufacturers, it seems contagious for Ricky to share his own Honda.
The Civic Nouva is also one of the first cars from a Japanese manufacturer to adapt the Double Wishbone suspension technology from the Formula 1 event. This also reinforces Ricky’s intention to propose to his Civic Nouva.
The compact size of the car, as well as good handling, further adds to Ricky’s love for the car of his choice. But his love for his Civic Nouva has not made Ricky satisfied enough by relying on the standard conditions of his car.
Ricky started his Nouva project by replacing the Double Wishbone suspension with an aftermarket part which happened to appoint Ricky as the official dealer to sell the product. After being satisfied with the improvements on the handling side , this time Ricky started thinking about upgrading the kitchen runway sector.
K-20 Civic Type R Swap Engine
Unmitigated, Ricky did an engine swap with the 2007 Civic Type R he owned. Certainly not an easy thing, considering the dimensions of the K-20 engine belonging to the Civic Type R are much larger than the standard 1600cc engine that comes with the Honda Nouva.
Various extreme changes to the engine room were made to meet the swap needs of the machine. Overall, every built-in component of his Honda Nouva must be removed. Even the electrical system, Air Conditioner to the built-in dashboard of the car must first be removed.
Not quite there, the engine mount changes also required Ricky and the team to shift the firewall part towards the inside of the cabin to allow the Civic Type R’s 2000cc K-20 engine to be inserted into the Civic Nouva engine room.
Maximum Overhaul For Optimal Results
According to Ricky himself, he and the team had to move the firewall by 30 centimeters , which also caused the passenger and driver seats to be pushed backwards. This also sacrifices the position of the pedal, which should be attached to the firewall, to be replaced by the pedal box to keep it functioning properly.
The dashboard of the car is also thought about in such a way because it has undergone quite an extreme change in the engine room. As a result, the dashboard belonging to the Civic Type R also had to enter the cockpit of the Civic Nouva because the entire electrical system was included when entering the K-20 engine in the engine room.
On the interior side that has not been touched much, Ricky decided to add an additional leather interior to cover the entire dashboard . He continued to customize various panels on the door, from those using only ordinary fiber, to carbon fiber which is also adjusted to the color on the exterior of the car.
It doesn’t stop coming, now the weight distribution problem on his mounts starts to haunt him. With the whole engine, the electrical system to the new air conditioner, the front weight of the car becomes excessive. The composition weighs up to 70 percent on the front, making the Civic less stable.
Ricky also had time to outsmart by putting a sack of rice in the trunk to balance the front and rear weight of the car. This condition made him choose to embed an audio system complete with processor power and others. Additional roll bars are also made at the rear to add additional weight and strength to the car. All of that is of course to get a good weight distribution and also replace the role of the previous rice sacks.
After the problem in the weight distribution was successfully resolved, many people thought that Ricky’s car was perfect. But it turns out that Ricky still feels that there are some sectors that are lacking in the engine part of his car.
Ricky provides some additional aftermarket racing parts such as pistons and camshafts . This was not done without reason, adding to the car’s torque figure was the goal. Unfortunately, the results that are still lacking make Ricky think of various ways to improve his riding performance.
Re-Upgrade K-20 engine
The engine “tickles” Ricky feels in his car, even with high octane fuel. After a long discussion and research, Ricky and the team found a Power up Kit for his K-20 engine, which allows an upgrade of the engine capacity from the previous 2,000 cc to 2,200 cc.
After making various changes to the pacemaker, the car’s performance has seen a significant increase in power. How not, from a standard engine that only has 180 bhp of power, now his Civic Nouva has a power of up to 200 bhp. Ricky also got a power development of around 35-37hp at his Nouva. Extraordinary.
Once satisfied with the engine’s performance, it is time to give the car a dominating exterior to give the car an intimidating and aggressive impression.
Ricky widened the front fenders to provide a bigger track for the drive wheels. He also decided to use 16 / 7.5 size alloy wheels. Feeling the wheels were too out of place, Ricky replaced them with standard sizes and widened the fenders by 5cm on each side.
British Legendary Colors Envelop Iconic Japanese Cars
Then for car color affairs, Ricky chose British Racing Green, a color that has been used since 1903 at the Gordon Benett Cup championship. This is the color that identifies the racing team from Great Britain. This has become a hallmark of motorsport in the past years when every racing vehicle still uses the identity colors of each country.
However, it turned out that in 1977 Honda had marketed a line of Civic models with these legendary colors. When Ricky found out, he confidently chose the color to apply to his Civic Nouva.