Complete with the full FEEL’s catalogue of parts, this modified Honda Civic Type R FD2 is the only one in existence outside of Japan. We check out Tom’s FD2.
There’s an extra level of magic when you meet enthusiasts and owners at events like Japanese car fest. The overcast skies did little to dampen the palpable atmosphere of child-like glee. The sight of so many unusual and highly unique modified vehicles in one place is almost too much to take in.
For many, it’s also a moment to sit back and celebrate the hard work that’s gone into their beloved project cars and get inspiration for their next modification. We spoke with owner Tom Wallington about the journey he’s been on to transform his stock FD2 to a complete FEEL’s catalogue build.
How did it all start?
This FD2 came over as an import in October 2020 and Tom jumped at the opportunity to be the first UK owner of his dream car. The vehicle was completely stock, so Tom had a blank canvas to work with. “I’ve always wanted an FD2 and the right moment came to buy it. The goal was to try and get as many of the FEEL’s parts as I could but then it turned into a complete project.”
The build started with the bonnet and snowballed into an entire FEEL’s catalogue showcase. BHP imports in Newcastle completed the project over a year. Parts imported from Japan took three to four months to come, so they gradually ordered the whole bodykit. “BHP did a great job. They got people in Japan to talk to FEEL’s because there’s a bit of a language barrier and they’re not as well known as Mugen and Spoon and the big Honda brands like J’s Racing. FEEL’s do a lot for this platform, so it’s nice to get everything.”
It’s not just the exterior that’s been modified, it’s fitted with a Toda exhaust and the ECU was sent to Japan for FEEL’s to map the car. Inside, there’s Mugen seats and Mugen assist meter gauges too. This project is especially unique as Tom says, “it’s one of one, it’s the only one outside of Japan with the entire FEEL’s kit on an FD2. Apart from the two they own, it’s the only one in the world, so it’s pretty special.”
What’s the appeal of the modified Honda Civic Type R FD2?
Its aggressive looks are a winner for Tom, “a lot of people tend to do minor stuff like maybe just a splitter, a wing or some wheels, I just wanted to go the whole hog, go big or go home.” Because FEEL’s supplies the whole kit, Tom was able to complete his vision right down to FEEL’s decals. From the side aero ducts at the rear to the front fenders and wing, the bodykit is a cohesive collection of modifications to create a dynamically impressive car, whether it’s static or racing around a track.
The Honda Civic Type R FD2 was designed in a wind tunnel to improve Honda’s performance around the Tsukuba Circuit in Japan. FEEL’S offers two modification styles for the FD2, a softer road version and a time attack spec. Tom of course went for the more aggressive time attack version, “they developed everything properly which obviously helps it on the road. There’s no drama, the wheels don’t slide or skid, it’s really planted, it’s awesome.”
Engine Specs and Power
Tom reckons it’s running at around 230bhp but it hasn’t been dynoed yet. He’s planning to add Toda individual throttle bodies and cams to get it up to around 270bhp. “So it will be a noticeable jump, but plenty for a front-wheel drive car.” The aerodynamic design also means “because of how well it handles, especially in the right hands around a track, it would keep up with things with 300 or 400bhp.”
Underneath it had a suspension overhaul to run on coilovers by Tein, it’s got rigid collars by Spoon and Cusco front and rear anti roll bars. “So it doesn’t just look pretty, it handles unbelievably. It’s all dialed in; they’ve set everything up well and it just fills you with confidence.” It’s got a Backyard special shift mechanism and new bushes from M&M. The same wheels that FEEL’s use were fitted to suit the fenders with wider wheels at the front to create a reverse stagger.
Tom’s Modifying CV
As we often see, by the time you get to the dream car, there’s always been several modified vehicles that have come before. Tom first started out with a Nissan Pulsar GTI-R, but soon got the taste for Hondas. “I had a Civic EP3 Type R which we put a supercharger on which was cool.” Then he moved onto a Honda Civic DC5 Turbo but the FD2 was always in his sights. “This was always the dream car and here we are, this is the keeper.”
Although it sometimes gets mistaken for an Evo and not many people know who FEEL’s are, Tom says this is a good conversation starter. “When I explain to people what I’ve done they’re like ‘oh wow’. It’s something special, there isn’t another one out there, so I’m really proud of it.”
What’s next for the modified Honda Civic Type R FD2?
Of course, no modification project is ever complete but Tom thinks he’s nearly there. “We’re going to do a bit more engine work.” Even though FEEL’s mapped the ECU, it’s not pushing the engine as much as it could, but there’s a FEEL’s stamp on every aspect of the car. “I want to do Toda individual throttle bodies with Toda cams to get a bit more power out of it. That’s the last bit of the build.”
The Best Memories
The highlight of any build has to be the moment it’s finished. It was especially memorable for Tom because his beloved FD2 was six hours away so he couldn’t pop in to check on its progress during its 12 month overhaul. “I got update pictures but they were pretty crafty with what they’d send me,” so he never saw the car as a whole before he saw it in person for the final reveal. “Walking through the doors and seeing it there was like ‘oh sh*t, that’s mine,’ it took me a while to take it in.”
Words: Trinity Francis. Photos: Chris Wallbank.
Modified Honda Civic Type R FD2 by FEEL’s images
Tech Spec: Modified Honda Civic Type R FD2 with Complete FEEL’s Catalogue
JDM K20a; GruppeM RamAir System; Toda Racing Full exhaust; FEEL’s ECU Type B (NTS); FEEL’s ECU Case; FEEL’s Inlet Manifold Cover (Twill Weave); FEEL’s Oil Cap; FEEL’s Large capacity Radiator; FEEL’s racing box; FEEL’s Radiator Cap; Chasing J’s Titanium Plug cover; Seeker reservoir covers
Factory 6 speed Honda gearbox; Factory LSD; Backyard Special Shift Mechanism; M&M Honda Aluminium Shift Bracket Rigid Collar; M&M Honda Aluminium Shift Wire Rigid Collar; Seeker Super Shift Collar; M&M Reinforced Clutch Pedal; FEEL’s Titanium Gear Knob
Tein Flex Z Coilovers; Spoon Rigid Collar Kit (Front); Spoon Rigid Collar Kit (Rear); Cusco 28mm Front Anti Roll Bar; Cusco 23mm Rear Anti Roll Bar; Hardrace Camber arms; Eibach Camber bolts
Factory Brembo brakes (APP Titanium 2 piece floating rotor kit on order)
AME Tracer TM02 18×9.5 ET12 5×114.3; AME Tracer TM02 18×8.5 ET45 5×114.3; AME Tracer TM02 Centre Caps; Enkei wheel nuts; Michelin Pilot Sport 4 255/35R18 (F); Michelin Pilot Sport 4 225/40R18 (R)
Mugen Semi Bucket Seat MS-Z Driver; Mugen Semi Bucket Seat MS-Z Passenger; Bride RO Rail (Passenger); Bride RO Rail (Drivers); Mugen Assist Metre gauges; Js Racing carbon steering wheel; Js Racing shift boot ring; Stradale Alcantara shift boot; Alcantara Honda MXST console cover; Okuyama Passenger foot rest; Seeker Super Wide Blue Mirror; FEEL’s 6sp Shift Pattern Sticker
FEEL’s Front Sports Bumper; FEEL’s Front Sports Bumper Under Panel; FEEL’s Front Sports Bumper Side Fins; FEEL’s Canards; FEEL’s Vented Bonnet (Twill Weave Carbon); FEEL’s 1600mm Twill Weave GT Wing; FEEL’s Spoiler end caps – Type 2 (Twill Weave Carbon); FEEL’s Twill Weave base plates; FEEL’s Spoiler brackets; FEEL’s Rear Diffuser Single Exit Muffler (Twill Weave Carbon); FEEL’s Rear Fog Light LED (Twill Weave Carbon); FEEL’s Carbon Trunk (Twill Weave Carbon); FEEL’s Wide front fenders; FEEL’s Rear Fender Extensions; FEEL’s Rear side aero vents; FEEL’s Sticker Set; FEEL’s Sunstrip; FEEL’s Large ¾ Decals; Seeker Dress Up Mirror; Seeker Aero Wiper Blade; Tinted headlights (Gangsta Wraps)
Thanks to Baz; Andy & Mark at BHP Imports for managing and completing the entire project for me. Top guys for importing JDM parts! Thanks to Garage3R for looking after the car since its completion and Gangsta Wraps for the headlight tints; sunstrip and decals.