I’ve lived it, I’ve written about it. Not too long ago a young enthusiast told me that the “Hot-Rod-Civic movement was dead. “You should have been here 10 years ago,” apparently he doesn’t live in Miami Beach, Florida.
As an automotive journalist covering Honda , Acura development, I’m afforded the opportunity to sit in the driver’s seat of anything new to the world of Honda. It’s my gig and I love it! However, as with most old wrenches you run into along the path, I too enjoy the simplicity of Honda Civic Si, and the “Tuner- Honda-Fanboys” that make them go fast. From time to time I’ll come across an exceptional car of beauty and performance balance; rolling art if you will.
Rasheed’s 2009 Civic Si is as cool as they come
When I first spied this street performance 2009 Honda Si featured through the 8th Gen Civic Club, I was blown away by the subtle, yet stunning image of form meets function. It occurred to me that with a bit of time, imagination and a fist full of dollars, I too could realize the dream of street-performance, Honda style! That’s what’s so cool about Honda Civic Si performance, it’s doable.
Rasheed Qasem of Miami Beach Florida, a self professed “Honda Fanboy,” has owned 2 Civic Si in recent years. His first Civic Si was a 2000 year model, his current is an exceptional 2009 Civic Si-FA5 , slammed to the pavement, fat as they come, dressed in crystal pear black, chrome and polished aluminum. For Si fans, Rasheed’s ride is as good as it gets without having to refinance the house to build one.
Rasheed tells Torque News that he bought his Si with 53,000 miles showing on the odometer prior to spending $16K or so in modification costs and countless install and detailing hours on this project.
His beautiful rolling Honda Art piece rides on airbags when not slammed to the pavement, has recorded 13.9 second ¼ mile runs at the dragstrip, and remains mechanically bulletproof, despite a 15% increase in horsepower, torque and a hard stomp on the throttle, a time or two.
Rasheed has a plan or two for his Civic Si
With a feature in mind as a professional “Tuner,” young Rasheed has a modification plan or two in mind for 2019 Civic Si. Turbocharging? He’s not saying. However, from what we can tell by reading Rasheed’s parts list, this Si will just about handle any race modification one could throw at it.
The short list
K-Tuned Idle air assist delete
Full Ref & Black Bride Interior
Seibon Carbon Fiber Hood
Carbon Fiber Grill
Password JDM Cooling Plate Carbon Fiber
Password JDM Fuse Box Carbon Fiber
Password JDM ECU Carbon Carbon Fiber
Hybrid Racing CAI Intake
Hybrid Racing Fuel Rail
Hybrid Racing Fuel Gauge
Hybrid Racing Shifter Bushings
Honda Oem RDX Injectors
P2R J35 Throttle Body Spacer
J35 Throttle Body
Skunk2 Alpha 2.5" Headers
Nokia Yellow High Beam Bulbs
Honda Red H Emblems
RBC Manifold Powder Coated Black
Boomba Under Mount
1 Hood Damper Kit
K&N Valve Cover Breather
Asia Front Lip Kit + Sti Under-lip
DC5 Type R Cover Red Valve Cover
DC5 Type R Spark Plug Cover
Skunk 2 Brake Covers
Skunk 2 Oil Cap
Skunk 2 Radiator Cap
Skunk 2 Rear Camber Kit
Megan Racing Under Bar
Oem Fog Lights With Yellow Hid Kit
Oem Headlights With 5500k Hid Kit
Type R black dipstick
D2 Racing Air suspension
Cosmis Racing Rims 18x9.5 + 10 Offset With 215/35/18 Tires
Custom Trunk Setup
HIC Rear Window Visor
Raceseng Shift Knob
Full Race Exhaust 3.0"
Authentic Mugen Si Spoiler
Authentic Mugen Si Side Skirts
Authentic Mugen Si Rear Lip
Authentic Mugen Si Interior Badge
Authentic Mugen Si Window Visors
Authentic Mugen Si Lug Nuts
EBC Rotors & Hawk Green Brake Pads
Em1 Clutch Master a cylinder upgrade
2 Viair 444 CC Compressors
V2 Airlift Management
1 Kicker 12" In Trunk
Acuair 5 Gallon Tank
Thanks to builders like Rasheed Qaseem, hot Honda Civic Si street mania is alive and well in Miami Beach, Fl. Well done Rasheed, keep winning shows young bro! Torque News-Honda looks forward to following your current and future Si projects for years to come. Thanks goes out to " Fotos By Josh." for these epic pics of Rasheed's ride.