The New Honda Civic Type R Is Going Racing in 2023
- Honda Performance Development (HPD) and JAS Motorsport announced a TCR variant of the new Civic Type R.
- It will of course be called the Civic Type R TCR, and has been designed for competition in the TCR Touring Car classification.
- Based on the new FL5 generation Type R, the TCR features new bodywork, an updated chassis, upgraded braking and transmission, and a race-prepped version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four from the road car.
The newest generation of Honda Civic Type R may have dialed back the crazy in the looks department, but the brand new Civic Type R TCR race car defiantly turns it back the other way. HPD and JAS Motorsport announced a competition focused version of the car based on the new FL5 platform, complete with a big wing and aggressive-looking bodywork.
Honda didn’t get too detailed in revealing the specific changes it made, presumably due to the competitive nature of motorsport—you don’t hear Christian Horner talking about too many of the specifics behind the Red Bull Formula 1 cars, after all.
We do know from both pictures and press materials that the new TCR gets new bodywork and a gargantuan wing mounted to the rear. Both front and rear fenders have been widened, and a rather large splitter is found at the front. The TCR features a race-prepped version of the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine from the road car, which likely means it makes more power than the street car’s 315 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. JAS Motorsport reworked the chassis for better handling mid-corner, and the brakes and transmission have both been upgraded for the rigors of track use.
The interior has been redesigned in line with the FIA global safety standards. According to Honda, the cockpit is capable of providing more relevant information than before thanks to a redesigned display.
The new Civic Type R TCR will compete in the TCR Touring Car class of competition, where it has found success in the past. A separate “endurance version” will be available for those who plan to compete in endurance racing events.
Honda plans for the cars to make their debut on track as part of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. No pricing figures have been announced, though the Type R TCR will certainly go for much more than the roadgoing variant. The factory racing version of the Civic Si, for instance, goes for $55,000. North American orders are all handled directly through HPD, and open February 1, 2023.
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