Civic EF3

NZ Performance Car - - 1972 Mazda Rx-2 Capella -

Al­though it may not be so fa­mil­iar in its cur­rent guise, this body has been around for some years and was orig­i­nally cam­paigned by Gary Mor­rell in Honda Cup New Zealand. It ran a B18CR back then, be­fore it traded hands and the new owner lunched the en­gine. Af­ter trad­ing hands a few more times, it wound up in the pos­ses­sion of Mitch’s boss, who let Mitch drive it. It took only one track day be­fore cash was ex­changed and the B20 Mitchell was build­ing for an EK sedan was sunken into the bay — a B20 block hous­ing a knife-edged crank, Ea­gle rods, and Wiseco pis­tons, with a B16A head up top fit­ted with Su­pertech Per­for­mance stain­less valves, Brian Crower valve springs and re­tain­ers, Comp Cams Stage 2 camshafts, and Z.Speed ad­justable cam gears. The com­bi­na­tion puts out a very re­spectable 160kW in a car that weighs in at noth­ing-flat.

The ex­te­rior is kept sim­ple, wear­ing only a JS wing and front-split­ter paired with the Ad­van wind­screen ban­ner and door num­bers for that cir­cuit vibe. Throw­ing it through the cor­ners proved to be noth­ing for the 205-wide slicks wrapped around 16x7-inch Rota Cir­cuit 8s, and speed was shed thanks to the XYZ six-pot front calipers and 300mm ro­tors. Un­for­tu­nately, the B20 went on to lunch it­self later in the day af­ter the pho­to­shoot, but Mitch didn’t seem too fazed and promised to bring it back with some­thing even bet­ter in­side the bay next year.

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