Honda’s HPD performance division makes another Civic model available to racers. The Honda Civic Type R TC is now also available for USD 89,900 (equivalent to EUR 80,700) or about the price range.
The model is specially designed for the American SRO TC American or amateur touring car series and is based on the Honda Civic Type R. The R TC is powered by the 2.0-liter VTEC turbo petrol engine, which depending on the racing series is between 270 and 330 hp. Visually, the customer sport model remains true to the series design but has specific sports components.
Upgraded six-speed gearbox and bigger brakes
The main modifications include an adjustable rear spoiler, a front grille with high airflow, and a fiberglass-reinforced hood with air vents. The chassis, which can now be adjusted, also finds its way into the R TC, as does a limited-slip differential, special water, and oil cooler, an optimized exhaust system, and two-piece brake discs (320 mm) with Brembo brake calipers, which are hidden behind 19-inch aluminum rims. HPD also modified the six-speed gearbox for the higher loads and installed a 16-gallon (60.5-liter) FIA tank
The driver is protected by a roll cage, six-point seat belts, interior nets, and a fire extinguishing system. The driver sits in an OMP racing bucket seat – an XL version is also available on request – and grabs a quick-release sports steering wheel.
The Honda Type R TC completes the HPD Civic lineup, which consists of the $52,500 Si TCA, a 1.5-liter four-cylinder with a power range of 170-220 hp, and the TCR model with a two-liter four-cylinder and 340 hp.
Who’s driving a Honda Civic Type R?
Sergio Perez of team Red Bull Racing is driving a Honda Civic Type R. Sergio Pérez is a Formula 1 veteran, having started at Sauber in the 2011 season. He currently drives for Red Bull Racing. Enthusiasts are excited about the return of Honda to Formula 1. Sergio Perez: “It was a very special moment when I first got in the car, just before the first winter test session. I wanted to show my respect and affection for Honda and its heritage by driving it. It’s an amazing feeling to drive a Honda.”
Yuki Tsunoda of team Scuderia AlphaTauri is driving a Honda Civic Type R. Yuki Tsunoda is a young, talented driver who has been in Formula 1 for two years. He drives for Scuderia AlphaTauri and competes in the Japanese Formula 3 series. Yuki is currently competing in the Honda Civic Type R.
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Pierre Gasly of Scuderia AlphaTauri is driving Honda Civic Type R. Pierre Gasly, the newest member of DC Racing is a professional driver from France who will compete for Honda in the FIA World Endurance Championship.
Fernando Alonso of Alpine F1-Team is driving Honda CR-V. Among the most accomplished F1 drivers, Fernando Alonso is an old hand in the F1 field. He started as a test driver for Minardi in 2000 and drove for this team from 2001. He has won three consecutive world championships with Renault and now he is driving for Honda CR-V.