A Nostalgic Moment…Xanthic Design Civic…

Does anyone out there remember this Ej1 from Xanthic? I think it came out in about 05 or so, maybe before. Sure you may look at it and see the headlights and lambo doors and say “oh that shit is ricey” or that it looks like something straight out of an Extreme Autofest show. There are alot of things that most of us wouldn’t do to our cars nowadays or maybe even back then. Xanthic didn’t build the car to be “JDM” though, it was put together as an answer to the U.S. sport compact scene or what they deem: “Spocom” style. While we’re busy trying to get all things “JDM”, the japanese or busy taking our own style and making it better…

Despite the euro taillights and headlights, this thing was truly a piece of art. The entire body was redone in Xanthic’s own carbon fiber. They did numerous tests to get this done right and all seam lines were eliminated A-pillar to the rear quarter panel. The body was constructed in silver carbon fiber and painted red. Xanthic Design also added their own front and rear bumper replacement pieces…

…Another interesting feature was the tilt reverse hood which Xanthic worked in collaboration with Weld Techniques Factory to create. Not necessarily the most functional piece to create but when you have the technology to build it, why not show it off…

Unlike the majority of the lambo door’d Hondas stateside at that time, Xanthic actually did some engine work. And I’m not just talking about colored wireloom…Sitting inside this carbon bodied EJ1 was a B18C Type R engine and AE101 Corolla-spec individual throttle bodies. If that wasn’t enough, it also had a Nitrous Express set-up capable of 250hp…

The interior was strictly “spocom” themed also. Just a whole lot of red everywhere but the entire dash was also constructed of carbon fiber…

Here’s a shot of the two bottles and sound system set-up that replaces the rear seats…

Oh it also had 10mm overfenders on it too, probably needed to house the 19-inch Work XSA-02c wheels…

Look at that gigantic monster-tach….

I remember seeing this thing for the first time back in the day when I was glancing at a Option2 mag. I was interested because I never seen the japanese work on an EJ1. Most of the time all they had were EF’s and EG hatchbacks. The most extreme one at the time was that one EF with a MR-S frontend…..ugly ass car. It was definitely cool to see this thing back then though, especially all the little details. You really need to take a second look just to notice all the carbon fiber on the body because everything fit like OEM. I’m surprised the frontend never caught on. It’s not a bad looking front bumper either. Pretty clean in my opinion but I guess everyone was all about JDM OEM this and that. I mean a couple years ago people were forking out big money for a Bomex kit, can’t imagine why they wouldn’t try to cop Xanthic aero pieces. Maybe it was an availability thing. Alot of people probably don’t know but Xanthic also had EG front lip spoiler also. Another piece that would have been cool if it had caught on over here in the states…

Not bad right? it’s not as huge as the J’s lip and the fitment on it looks really tight.

From the earlier pics you can probably spot the BB6 Prelude in some of the shots. The Prelude was probably the more memorable car because it appeared in Option as well as some U.K. mags and even landed in Super Street. Both cars were both built with basically all the same aspects. The only main difference was the chassis, obviously…Both were definitely underrated though. It was probably a huge hit over in Japan because Spocom was really catching on at that time. In the U.S., it was all about JDM this and that and people probably didn’t pay too much attention to both cars because of it’s U.S.-inspired styling…ironic isn’t it?

I even managed to find a video!…I can’t seem to get it to embed into this page so here’s a direct link. You’ll need Windows Media Player to play it…Enjoy.

Xanthic Ej1 Video

Don’t worry, no rick rolling or any stupid shit like that…

6 thoughts

  1. I remember those civics. Pretty subtle on the outside for its time when shops like Garage Tiara were doing G35 and Celica conversions to their civics.

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