Honda Unveils $90,000 Civic Type R You Can Race
13 December 2019 - Motor1
Depending on where you race it, this CTR could have less power than the version available from your local dealer.
The Honda Civic Type R TC races into the brand's lineup as its latest competition-ready machine. The company is aiming the track-only hot hatch at folks who are racing in the SRO Touring Car Americas TC class, SCCA T2 class, and NASA ST5 and E2 classes.
The Civic Type R TC comes as a turn-key racer that's ready to hit the track. It uses the road-going CTR as a starting point, but Honda Performance Development (HPD) has specific parts so that the vehicle can withstand the punishment from racing. A revised radiator and oil cooler keep things running cool. An exhaust downpipe and turbo-back exhaust keep the gases flowing out of the back. A limited-slip differential helps put the power down. An FIA-spec 16-gallon fuel tank is also among the competition-spec improvements.
Aesthetic tweaks include a mesh front grille that improves airflow to the engine. Brake ducts in the front fascia help keep the two-piece front rotors cool. There's also a vented fiberglass hood.
The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is the same general unit as the road-going model, but revised tuning has the mill making between 270 horsepower (201 kilowatts) and 330 hp (246 kW), depending on the series where the buyer competes. As a refresher, the street version makes 306 hp (228 kW) and 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters) of torque.
Like the road car, there's a six-speed manual gearbox. However, HPD fits stronger pieces for the third and fourth gears.
On the inside, the Type R TC comes with a roll cage welded to the body and fire suppression system. The driver sits in an OMP racing seat with a six-point harness.
The Type R TC costs $89,900, and people with a racing license can buy it HPD's Honda Racing Line program. Customers get trackside engineering assistance and parts support during events. There's also a technical support line to let owners consult with engineers when not competing.