Japanese automaker Honda has revealed the race-spec avatar of the new Civic Type R. The TCR-spec car features aerodynamic upgrades and racing components.
Italian firm JAS Motorsport builds the race-spec Civic Type R for the 2018 season of the FIA Touring Car Racer (TCR) International Series. The championship was launched in 2015, and it features affordable race cars closely based on their production models.
The new Civic Type R TCR is developed by taking inputs from the previous iteration of the car which clinched five titles from 2015. Project leader Mads Fischer stated that the improvements are made to the aerodynamics, suspension and electronic system of the car.
Compared to the street-legal version, the Civic Type R TCR features aggressive aerodynamic package to reduce drag and improve downforce. The car is also wider with new multilink rear suspension and anti-roll bar system.
The Civic Type R TCR is powered by a 2-litre turbocharged, inline four-cylinder engine pumping out 325.4bhp of power. The ECU has been tweaked to improve performance.
JAS Motorsport will continue the testing of the new Civic Type R TCR. The deliveries of the car will commence from December 2017. The first 25 cars will be ready for the 2018 season. An endurance racer version is also available with extra lighting, driver cooling and ABS.
The Honda Civic Type R has been a successful model in various forms of motorsports. The race-spec hot hatch also competes in the World Touring Car Championship. Now, the new iteration of the TCR-spec car is ready to set new records.