#TBT: Transforming a Honda Z600 into a wild mid-engine autocrosser

By Robert Bowen
Jun 20, 2024 | Honda, Autocross, Honda Z600 | Posted in Features | From the Oct. 2006 issue | Never miss an article

[Editor's Note: This article originally appeared in the October 2006 issue of Grassroots Motorsports.]

If you’re not too familiar with the Honda Z600, you’re in good company. The odd little front-wheel-drive hatchback was one of Honda’s first forays into the automotive market back in the early ’70s. Call it a toe in the water from a manufacturer who sold its very …

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Robbie (Forum Supporter)
Robbie (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
8/11/20 9:55 a.m.

One of my favorite builds ever. 

fidelity101 (Forum Supporter)
fidelity101 (Forum Supporter) UltraDork
8/11/20 11:24 a.m.

I hate it when organizations changes the rules too often up to make you spend money for no reason other than not being a lying shiny happy person about it. 


this is a super creative build regardless, I love it!

nocones GRM+ Memberand UltraDork
8/11/20 11:43 a.m.

Do we know what happened to this car? I know I saw some pictures of it at an event a few years later but since then crickets

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
8/11/20 1:16 p.m.

In reply to nocones :

We talked to the owners at Nats a few years ago. IIRC, the chassis was reused in their current racer while the body is sitting somewhere. (This could be totally wrong, though, so don't quote me.)

RadBarchetta New Reader
8/14/20 8:15 a.m.

Very cool story and impressive build!

But if you change or upgrade every single part of the Z600, is it still a Z600? Or just a Z600-shaped racecar?

8/14/20 8:40 a.m.

Ah, the Honda of Theseus. My favorite problem in philosophy.

Floating Doc (Forum Supporter)
Floating Doc (Forum Supporter) GRM+ Memberand UberDork
8/14/20 9:44 a.m.

Ah, the Honda of Theseus. My favorite problem in philosophy.

This needs more upvotes. I nominate for the next Say What? column.

J.A. Ackley
J.A. Ackley Senior Editor
6/20/24 3:01 p.m.

Gotta love the funky builds. Enjoy this story from the vault!

Pete. (l33t FS)
Pete. (l33t FS) GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
6/20/24 8:06 p.m.

I loved the pic of him holding the body skin up.

DavyZ Reader
6/21/24 1:33 p.m.

Just gawking at this build!  Glad y'all decided to bring it up again.  The finishing is as amazing as the construction and design.  Love it! 

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