Tuned Honda Civic Type R prototypes for rallying and for the track
Honda UK commissioned two engineering teams to build their tuned versions of the Honda Civic Type R (FK8) for the 2019 SMMT Test Day held at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK. The prototypes are not destined for production however both teams said they would “create one-off versions for discerning customers”.
We start with the Droitwich-based Team Dynamics Motorsport which is involved in BTCC racing. For this event they built a road-legal tuned version of the Civic Type R, modifying the ECU (Superchips), induction system (ITG), intercooler (PWR), sports cat (Dream) and exhaust (Scorpion).
This allowed for a healthy 25% gain in performance, with the output of the 2.0 VTEC Turbo increased to 400 hp / 298 kw of power and 500 Nm of torque.
To transfer all that power on the road, the front wheel drive Civic Type R is equipped with Goodridge stainless performance braided brake hoses, Eibach Pro performance springs, adjustable anti-roll bars and rear camber arms, and Dunlop DZ03G track day tyres shod in 19” Pro-Race lightweight competition-derived wheels.
The second project was created by Ralph Hosier Engineering, inspired by “Rally Raid, Overland and Safari models from the world of rally and adventure holidaying”. As a result, their Civic Type R (FK8) looks like no other, ready to tackle rally courses in mud, gravel or tarmac.
The Civic Type OveRland comes equipped with a new suspension raised over 4 inches (101 mm) and rally-derived wheels shot in off road 255/55 R18 BF Goodrich tyres. The team didn’t announce any modifications in the engine compartment, where the European-spec turbocharged 2.0 liter VTEC produces 320 hp / 235 kW and 400 Nm of torque.
The custom bodykit finished in Championship White paint, includes wider bumpers, new front and rear fenders and a new bonnet while two spare wheels are positioned where the rear windscreen used to be, in front of the huge rear wing. As you can see from the pictures the car is not quite finished yet but the team estimates it will be completed in a month.