Si is a great track car and should suit your needs, unfortunately this forum is dead, so only good for searching old threads.Hey everyone. I’m doing a ton of brainstorming and research to figure out what my next track car is going to be. There was an interesting discussion at Grassroots Motorsports and the 8th gen Civic Si came up. It really got me thinking about it and I think this just may be the one!
So I landed on these forums after Googling for various questions. This seems like a great community and there is a ton of great information. You could say I’m a prospective buyer for a Civic Si and I’m here to inform myself.
Quick car history blurb about me... my first car was a 2000 Honda Accord SE, automatic. It was the most reliable, boring car ever. I then got a 1999 Mazda Miata and I basically learned everything with that car. The Miata taught me how to turn a wrench, drive stick, and even win a local autocross championship. I then got a Mazda 2 and beat the living daylights out of people at autocross events with it. In a lapse in judgement, I sold both my Miata and my 2 and got the new, ND (2016) MX-5/Miata. Absolutely fantastic, but it’s so “nice” and expensive, I’m too scared to really push it at the track and the consumables cost way more than the other cars.
I thought about getting another Mazda 2 and tracking it, but it’s so unbelievably underpowered that it’s literally impossible to be competitive in even the lowest Time Trial classes. I’m kind of odd; most people hate front wheel drive, but I actually had a lot of fun with it and would enjoy a good FWD platform.
I thought about the Fiesta ST. Seems great at a distance, but the stupid electronic “LSD” constantly pulses and overheats the brakes at the track. If you somehow turn this off, now you can’t get the power down to the ground. But the power to weight ratio and the fact that it’s not a convertible were massive selling points.
Then I remembered the Civic Si. They’re in the price range I want to be in. They aren’t convertible; I’ll never have to worry about a leaking top AND it’s safer. I can lock the doors without freaking out. It has nearly the same power to weight ratio as the Fiesta ST, except it has a mechanical limited slip diff. Honda engine - basically the same as an F1 car, right???
Is the 8th gen Civic Si the perfect car for my needs? I don’t know yet. I need to read more and I haven’t even driven one. That’s why I’m here! But this seems like a great place and I’m glad I stumbled upon it.
I’ll read a bit more, then I will unleash the torrent of questions I have in store for you all.