JACKY TSE’S

K24 EG Civic

NZ Performance Car - - 4 & Rotary Nationals 2017 -

In its cur­rent half-fin­ished guise, you may have a hard time pick­ing what this car is or whose it is, but those with a keen eye will note its sim­i­lar­ity to Jacky Tse’s EG — be­cause that’s what it is. No stranger to build­ing fast Hon­das, the owner of Jtune Engi­neer­ing em­barked on a mis­sion to squeeze power out of the lit­tle hatch and ditched the pre­vi­ous en­gine combo in favour of the K24 ex­am­ple that now oc­cu­pies the bay — a in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar swap over­seas, Jacky has opted to slap a suit­ably size­able BorgWarner turbo on the side in con­junc­tion with the Full Race man­i­fold.

Although he was a bit sketchy with the in­ter­nal de­tails when we man­aged to pin him down at the show, we be­lieve things are stock, and we did note the sneaky dry sump pump tucked un­der­neath, as well as the Skunk Ul­tra in­take plenum and K-Tuned fuel rails that sit up top. Most no­table of all, per­haps, is the se­quen­tial gearbox bolted up to the block, which should help the torquey 2.4-litre peel out through the rev range on its in­evitable shake­down at one of the lo­cal tracks. A Link G4+ is the choice of en­gine man­age­ment and runs a tablet vi­tal dis­play mounted into the cus­tom DC5-style dash­board. Jacky said there are still a few com­po­nents that re­quire at­ten­tion be­fore it will con­tinue to cut much big­ger, more pow­er­ful en­gines through the cor­ners, but, know­ing the turn­around on his work, it shouldn’t be too far off.

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