HPD launches a much more affordable $90k (race-ready) Civic Type R
Date: December 12, 2019 09:00
Honda Press Release
Up until now, if you wanted a turn-key Civic Type R race car from HPD, you had to pony up over $170k for a Civic Type R TCR. This sounds like a princely sum, but when you start skimming through the extensive list of upgrades to racing-spec components, the Civic Type R TCR looks more and more like an incredible bargain.
With that said, $170k ain't chump change, and the Civic Type R is a hell of a car, so HPD has developed another turn-key racing version that "only" costs around $90k.
Press release follows:
|December 12, 2019|
- Engineered by Honda Performance Development for SRO TC Americas and amateur Touring Car competition
- Type R TC joins Civic Si TCA and Type R TCR in Honda's turn-key Civic-based customer racing portfolio
- New race-ready Type R available to Honda Racing Line customers
SANTA CLARITA, Calif. – Honda today took the wraps off the latest iteration of the Civic Type R, the race-ready Civic Type R TC race car from Honda Performance Development (HPD). The Type R TC is designed as a turn-key solution for professional racers, and for skilled Type R enthusiasts who wish to transition from track time in a stock Type R to a fully built race car. Eligible for SRO TC Americas Touring Car competition, the all-new Type R TC race car is available to Honda Racing Line members with racing licenses exclusively through HPD at a manufacturer's price of $89,900. The specially outfitted Type R joins the TCA-class Civic Si and TCR-class Type R in HPD's portfolio of Civic-based, turn-key racing machines.
"The successes of Honda Racing Development's TCA Civic Si and TCR Type R in North American touring car championship series have generated a strong interest in more ready-to-race Honda Touring Cars for North America," said Ted Klaus, President of Honda Performance Development. "With the introduction of the new Type R TC-class race car, we now offer a complete lineup of turn-key, Civic-based race cars for registered racing customers in North America."
Designed specifically for TC-class competition, the Civic Type R TC was developed and tested in-house by HPD engineers as a modified version of the production Civic Type R designed exclusively for track use, with final assembly done by Gradient Racing in Austin, Texas. HPD engineers developed and tested the Civic Type R TC race car in-house, drawing on experience gained from production car and race vehicle engineering, including development of the HPD Civic Si TCA race car. The HPD-developed Civic Type R race car begins life as a body in white from Honda's Swindon, England, plant, and uses its road- and track-proven 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine supplied by the Honda of America Mfg. engine plant in Anna, Ohio, producing between 270 and 330 horsepower, depending on the series application.
The Type R TC retains the stock vehicle's exterior sheet metal, but adds racing components developed in-house and in partnership with select suppliers to build a ready-to-race vehicle that saves racers the time and money of doing it themselves. Major modifications to the production Type R include a high-flow front grille, a J's Racing FRP vented hood, CSF-designed radiator and oil cooler; an HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust; a 6-speed manual transmission with high-strength 3rd and 4th gears; an HPD/Cusco limited slip differential; HPD Girodisk 2-piece front brake rotors and HPD brake inlet ducts; an HPD/Pyrotect bolt-in FIA 16-gallon fuel cell; a welded multi-point racing cage; and an OMP racing seat with 6-point harness.
The Civic Type R TC-class race car will be available to registered North American racing customers with racing licenses through HPD's Honda Racing Line program for competition in SRO TC Americas competition, along with certain SCCA and NASA classes. In addition to a fully outfitted race car, HPD supports all of its racing customers with trackside factory engineering and parts support, and an exclusive technical support line that can connect racing customers directly with HPD engineers when they're not at the track.
L.A. Honda World Racing
HPD also announced today that L.A. Honda World Racing will be its first customer for the new Honda Civic Type R TC, entering two cars in the 2020 SRO TC Americas series competition. No strangers to Civic racing, L.A. Honda World Racing campaigned three Civic Type R TCR race cars in IMSA's Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2019 and will again in 2020. The team battled for a championship title, with multiple wins from drivers Tom O'Gorman, Shelby Blackstock, Mike Lamarra and Matt Pombo.
"After a remarkable first year with our TCR program, we are excited and confident to expand our Honda racing endeavors with this Civic Type R in the SRO TC Class next year. With our veteran team and competitive race cars, we expect to challenge the front-runners in 2020," said Mario Biundo, President, L.A. Honda World Racing.
"With its clear tie-in to the production car, and the racing lineage of the entire Honda Civic line, we know that it will elevate awareness of Honda as a motorsport brand, and how our employees focus on this mindset at the customer level in our dealership. We plan on making 2020 an even more successful year for Honda and L.A. Honda World Racing in both series."
HPD Touring Car "Ladder"
What Honda calls its "Racing Spirit" is an essential element of the company's DNA, and Honda is a first choice for more professional and amateur racers than any other brand. For those racers, HPD offers a clear "ladder" of turn-key touring car solutions, from entry-level TCA all the way to pinnacle TCR series. While all three vehicles are based on showroom-stock counterparts, they also feature distinct modifications to allow them to compete successfully in a wide variety of touring car race series in the U.S. and around the world, fitting a variety of different budgets.
HPD Civic Si TCA: A turn-key race car solution based on the popular Civic Si Coupe. With significant modifications including an SRO-homologated roll cage and competition-specific suspension, electronics, and brake components, the Civic Si TCA race car is an affordable way to begin racing in Touring Car Americas competition.
HPD Type R TC: With more power and performance capability than the Civic Si TCA, the Type R TC combines HPD-designed components with specifically selected and tested partner racing parts to create a modern track weapon worthy of the legendary Type R performance heritage.
HPD Type R TCR: At the pinnacle of the Touring Car racing program is the Type R TCR, a joint effort with long-time Honda partner JAS Motorsport in Milan, Italy. Designed for worldwide TCR-class competition, the Type R TCR features special body work, a seam-welded body, a sequential transmission, and additional high-end racing modifications for the ultimate in Civic Pro Racing competition.
Civic Si TCA vs Civic Type R TC vs Type R TCR
Civic Si TCA
Civic Type R TC
Civic Type R TCR
Price (for eligible Honda Racing Line members)
|1.5-liter inline-4 (production-based)||2.0-liter inline-4 (production-based)||2.0-liter inline-4 (production-based)Calibrated and sealed by JAS Motorsport|
|Production-based ECUHPD or customer-tuned (series dependent)||Production-based ECUHPD or customer-tuned (series dependent)||Motec M142 ECU with custom wiring harnessMapped for 100 octane fuel|
|HPD CSF radiatorOE Honda intercooler||HPD CSF radiator and auxiliary oil coolersHPD cooling ductsOE Honda intercooler||High performance radiator, oil cooler and intercoolerMapped for 100 octane fuel|
|Direct injected 91+ octane unleaded (series dependent)||Direct injected 91+ octane unleaded (series dependent)||Direct injected, 100 octane unleaded race fuel|
|HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust||HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust||Competition stainless exhaust with racing-grade catalytic converter|
|170-220+ hp (series dependent)||270-330+hp (series dependent)||340hp|
|OEM 6-speed manual transmissionHPD high strength 4th gearHPD/Cusco Limited Slip DifferentialHPD single mass flywheel||OEM 6-speed manual transmissionHPD high strength 3rd and 4th gearsHPD Cusco limited slip differential||Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearboxHydraulic paddle shiftersLimited slip differential w/exterior adjustable preloadGearbox oil coolerJAS twin-disc racing clutchBespoke 6kg flywheel|
|Front MacPherson strut, multi-link rearHPD/Bilstein inverted double adjustable dampersEibach race springs
HPD front camber and caster platesHPD/SPC rear camber adjustmentHPD/SPC rear camber adjustmentUpgraded HPD/RV6 rear lower arms for race spring rates and positive toe adjustmentEnkei RPF1 cast aluminum wheels, 17 x 8 in.
|Front dual axis MacPherson strut, multi-link rearHPD/Bilstein inverted double adjustable dampersEibach race springsHPD front camber and caster platesHPD/SPC rear camber adjustmentHPD/RV6 rear adjustable stabilizer barSpherical suspension bushings and damper mountsUpgraded HPD/RV6 rear lower arms for race spring rates and positive toe adjustmentForgestar F14 cast aluminum wheels, 18 x 9.5 in.||Front Ohlins TTX NK56 dampersRear Ohlins 2 way S46 dampersRear anti-roll bar with 3 holes for adjustment3 front and 2 rear sway bars with different stiffness (optional)3 sets of springs with different stiffness (optional)JAS OZ Racing cast aluminum wheels, 18 x 10 in.|
|Production electric power steeringOMP racing wheel and quick disconnectOE Honda tilt / telescopic column||Production electric power steeringOMP racing wheel and quick disconnectOE Honda tilt / telescopic column||Electric power steering with heavy-duty armsHeavy-duty ball joints on front lower wishboneMultifunction quick disconnect wheel|
|HPD Wilwood Superlite front brakes with 6-piston calipersWilwood 2-pc slotted rotors, 327x28mmOEM rear brakes with single-piston calipersHPD Goodridge front and rear braided brake linesHPD ABS modulatorCarbon fiber brake cooling inlet ducts||Brembo 4-piston calipersHPD Girodisk 2-pc front rotors 350mm x 32mmOEM rear calipers and rotorsHPD Goodridge front and rear braided brake linesHPD ABS ModulatorVariety of Sprint/Endurance brake compounds availableHPD brake cooling inlet ducts||JAS AP Racing front brake calipers with 380mm x 35mm DS4 discsJAS Motorsport rear brake calipers with 260mm x 9mm discs|
380x35mm with 64mm brake pad surfaceBrake cooling ducts from bumper to uprightBosch racing ABSSwitch-on central console with 12 working levels
|Stock Honda Civic Si CoupeHigh-flow front grilleHPD brake cooling inlet ductsAdjustable electric side mirrors||High-flow front grilleHPD oil cooler, brake, and radiator inlet ductsJ's Racing FRP vented hoodHPD APR adjustable rear wingAdjustable electric side mirrors||Front/rear composite wheel archesFront/rear composite bumperAdjustable front splitterHood scoopComposite side skirtsJAS rear wing under TCR regulationsAirjack system|
|Welded multipoint roll cageOMP racing seatOMP XL seat (optional)OMP 6-pt harnessOMP window and center netsOMP on board fire control systemHPD/Hasport polyurethane engine mounts||Welded multipoint roll cageOMP racing seatOMP XL seat (optional)OMP 6-pt harnessOMP window and center netsOMP on board fire control systemHPD/Hasport polyurethane engine mounts||Seam-welded body panelsTIG-welded roll cage, homologated by MSA-UKCross bracing and gusseting for maximum stiffnessOMP 6-pt harnessOMP seatCool suit system (optional)Heated Lexan screen (optional)|
Adjustable electrical side mirrors on center consoleUV cockpit lightsDrink systemLighted door number
|AIM MXP 1.2 data loggerMotec C125 data logger (optional)||AIM MXP 1.2 data loggerMotec C125 data logger (optional)4-wheel suspension position sensors (optional)||Motec PDM30 power distribution (factory sealed)Motec C127 data logger|
|12.4-gallon capacity||HPD Pyrotect Bolt-in FIA fuel cell16-gallon capacityHigh flow filler neck and cap in OE location||FT3 100-liter tankRacing collector tankAero-quality hoses and fittings3 lift pumps and filtersStabuli D12 refueling|
Filler neck on right C-pillar built to VLN standardsQuick refueling standard 1 left and 1 right
|SRO Touring Car Americas TCA classSCCA T3 classNASA ST5 & E2||SRO Touring Car Americas TC classSCCA T2 classNASA ST5 & E2||SRO Touring Car Americas TCR classIMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR classWorld TCR|
*Does not include spare parts and support
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About Honda Performance Development
Honda Performance Development, Inc., (HPD) is Honda's racing company in North America. A wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., HPD was founded in 1993, and is the technical operations center for Honda's high-performance racing programs.
HPD specializes in the design and development of race engines, chassis and performance parts, and technical/race support. Honda Performance Development offers parts and race support to Honda and Acura grassroots motorsports racers, and is expanding support of racing series and programs that make Honda racing products available to all racing styles, from karting and Quarter Midgets to the highest levels of pro racing. Learn more at hpd.honda.com.
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December 12, 2019 12:37