With 2,250 watts blasting out of the boot of VACC apprentice Kurtis Flavell’s car, the neighbours sure hear when he comes home from work each day.  Flavell has highly modified a head-turning 2000 Honda Civic hatchback that he uses as daily transport, occasional drifting and to display it at car events around Melbourne.

 The third-year apprentice motor mechanic, who works at Melbourne City Jaguar in Port Melbourne said, “Before I bought the car I did my research about what modifications I could carry out and how much it was going to cost. The car is my passion and I spend a heap of my spare time working on it and maintaining its appearance.”

 An engine upgrade was one of the first modifications: replacing the original four-cylinder with a more powerful 1.6-litre VTEC coupled with Skunk2 megapower headers, and a 50mm custom catback exhaust with a high flow catalytic converter and muffler.

 Fully adjustable height and damper BC Racing coilover strut suspension, and front and rear Hard Race adjustable high grade aluminum camber arms with urethane bushes were fitted, along with a Summit Racing front suspension strut brace was fitted to stiffen the chassis and improve handling. Volk 15 x 8-inch TE37V forged alloy wheels were shod with performance Kuhmo KU31 205/55 R15 tyres.

 The sound system comprises of a 2,250 watt amplifier and four Fusion CS performance 12inch subwoofers mounted in the boot. Flavell custom fitted 5 x 7 inch component speakers and 27mm tweeters to the front door trims with an active crossover to aid music clarity.

 One of the standout features of the car is under bonnet artwork. “The paintwork was a custom design done with the help of my very good friend, Joshua. He helped me get this idea from my head to the metal,” Flavell said.

“The big brown character is called Domo which is a Japanese cartoon character. I think it looks really cool so I decided to add the image to the overall design.

“The green rising sun is a symbol of Japan. This rising sun design is a must for a Japanese car if someone is planning on creating a custom artwork.

 “I also replaced the horn with a double trumpet train horn and a boot mounted 2.0-litre compressor. It’s 145 decibels: that’s louder than a jet fighter taking off.”

 VACC Auto Apprenticeships Field Manager, Steve Tye Din said, “I like seeing my apprentices tinker around and modifying their cars. It helps them learn and develop their hands-on skills. Kurtis is a wonderful apprentice. He’s keen, motivated and has a genuine desire to learn. I really believe that he will be successful in his future in the automotive industry.”

 Future projects for Kurtis’ car include camshaft and cylinder head upgrades to further enhance performance and the possibility of a supercharger being fitted when he gets his full licence.