Welcome to this week’s FC Throwback, where we take a look back at some of our favourite previous feature cars. This week it’s Davinder Plaha’s turbocharged Civic Jordan from back in 2013…
We live in a world of styles and scenes. Whether it’s the car you drive or the clothes you wear, someone somewhere will label you part of a certain culture. And more often than not, we find ourselves quickly associating (and tailoring) our lives around it.
This is all too present in the modifying world. Euro, stance, drifting – terms which not only describe a style of car tuning, but also influence the people we call friends and our attitude towards others. Internet forums and Facebook Groups make it easier than ever before to ‘fit in’ with like-minded enthusiasts, but only if you’re prepared to follow those unwritten rules each scene brings with it.
The Honda community is one of the best examples of this. At the heart of it lies a group of passionate, well-informed owners who take immense pride in the cars they drive. But for newbies entering this scene, it’s very easy to get lost in a sea of negativity. Negativity which has been caused by over two decades of modifying mishaps, untrustworthy tuners and ‘ricer’ owners bragging about street racing before setting up camp in the nearest ditch. Hell, we’ve all giggled at the ‘VTEC JUST KICKED IN YO!’ pictures circulating on the internet…
Don’t get me wrong, anyone can become part of this scene regardless of how they modify their car. But it takes time, effort and experience to gain respect from those die-hard enthusiasts. It’s even more difficult for those looking to start a company tailored towards these owners, something Davinder Plaha of Endless Horizon Motorsport knows all too well.
Established back in 2009, Endless Horizon Motorsport is now one of the UK’s premier Honda tuners thanks to the hard work of Davinder and his business partner Dom. The pair work perfectly together – Dom looking after the mechanics and Davinder the marketing and sales.
Big name brands including Skunk 2, Spoon Sports and Competition Clutch are all available from the Northampton-based specialists, but what really makes Endless Horizon stand out from the competition is the way they support and communicate with the Honda scene on a daily basis.
Reputation is everything in this industry. So whether it’s phone, Facebook or forum, Endless Horizon will always dedicate the time to offer advice for both customers and non-customers.
In addition to those big tuning brands, Endless Horizon support smaller tuners from across the world that develop great products albeit on a smaller scale. Sheepey Inc. fabricates some of the best turbo manifolds money can buy and Endless Horizon are proud to offer their product to the UK market, supporting the Honda tuning industry on a worldwide scale.
You only have to look at Davinder’s Civic Jordan to see this attitude in full effect. It’s the result of over seven years of hard work and development, combining just about every great element of the Honda scene – quality, performance and innovation.
Tried and tested upgrades such as the Integra Type-R subframe show purists that Davinder has done his homework, while the 8x15in Cades wheels push the boundaries with exterior upgrades. And that’s not even looking at its party piece –the engine.
“I’ve just always wanted a boosted Honda,” Davinder explains. He’s taken inspiration from across the world while building this immense setup. “But it had to be done right. I owned the turbo kit for 2-3 years before I fitted it. I could’ve put it onto the standard B16a but I wanted to build something really special. My research led me to use the lower-compression B18c4 engine, perfect for turbocharging. This also allowed the engine bay to be smoothed and wire tucked at the same time – popular modifications in the Honda scene and something which really shows off a quality service,” he adds.
The end result is one of the best-looking engine bays we’ve ever seen, but now Davinder’s become accustomed to the 340bhp on tap, he’s already planning a 600bhp, fully-forged replacement engine. In fact, there’s plenty more in the pipeline, including a new dashboard, custom rollcage and a Racepack digital dash.
“We are always trying to push the boundaries without straying too far away from our core market,” adds Davinder. “The Civic represents all the work Endless Horizon Motorsport can offer, and the quality of the work which speaks volumes in this industry. When you gain respect from such a passionate group of owners it’s hugely rewarding, but the real task is staying on top of your game – something we’re confident Endless Horizon Motorsport offers.”
Original feature in Fast Car magazine issue 330
TECH SPEC HONDA CIVIC EK JORDAN
Stock B18c4 engine, Integra Type-R cams, custom Solid Fabrications top mount exhaust manifold, T60 Turbonetics turbo (turbo housing polished by Revolution blast polish paint), custom 2.5in-3in downpipe, custom straight through 3in exhaust system, custom intercooler piping polished by Revolution (blast polish paint), Spearco monster intercooler, Tial dump valve, Tial 38mm wastegate, custom screamer pipe, Edelbrock Victor X intake manifold, Benen Industries fuel rail, Precision 780cc injectors, K Tuned fuel set up consisting of inline fuel filter, fuel pressure regulator/ gauge and black braided hoses, Jazz catch can, Competition Clutch Stage 4, ACT lightened flywheel, Custom Innovative engine mounts, Endless Horizon Motorsport Braided clutch line, T1 Race developments turbo blanket, full wire tuck, power steering & air con delete, Hondata S300 ECU, firstname.lastname@example.org tuned by Daz at Endless Horizon Motorsport
Cades 8x15in ET 20 wheels, Advan AD08 tyres 195/50×15, Black Diamond discs and pads all round, Meister R superlow coilovers, Skunk2 front adjustable camber arms, D2 rear adjustable camber arms, Integra Type-R subframe and steering rack with anti-roll bar, Endless Horizon Motorsport traction bars, ASR rear subframe brace, Benen Industries lower tie bar, Benen Industries front strut brace, aftermarket lower control arms
Full re-spray with front number plate holes, aerial, rear wiper and badge flushed, OEM EK9 front grille, Spoon rear spoiler and wing mirrors, OEM wind deflectors
Recaro Speed seats, stripped rear, carbon gauge pod, AEM air/fuel gauge, AEM Tru boost controller
Words Mark Riccioni Photos Oli Akintunde