Type R Performance Goes to Next Level with New Race-Ready Civic Type R TC

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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
Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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.

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

“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.”

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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.

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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.

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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.

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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.”

Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

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 TCAType R TCType R TCR
Price (for eligible Honda Racing Line members)$52,500*$89,900*$172,238*
Drivetrain
Engine1.5-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
Engine ManagementProduction-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
CoolingHPD CSF radiatorOE Honda intercoolerHPD CSF radiator and auxiliary oil coolersHPD cooling ductsOE Honda intercoolerHigh performance radiator, oil cooler and intercoolerDucting for engine, radiator, and intercooler
FuelDirect injected 91+ octane unleaded (series dependent)Direct injected 91+ octane unleaded (series dependent)Direct injected, 100 octane unleaded race fuel
ExhaustHPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaustHPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaustCompetition stainless exhaust with racing-grade catalytic converter
Performance170-220+ hp (series dependent)270-330+hp (series dependent)340 hp
Transmission & DifferentialOEM 6-speed manual transmissionHPD high strength 4th gearHPD/Cusco Limited Slip DifferentialHPD single mass flywheelOEM 6-speed manual transmissionHPD high strength 3rd and 4th gearsHPD Cusco limited slip differentialXtrac 6-speed sequential gearboxHydraulic paddle shiftersLimited slip differential w/exterior adjustable preloadGearbox oil coolerJAS twin-disc racing clutchBespoke 6kg flywheel
Chassis
SuspensionFront MacPherson strut, multi-link rearHPD/Bilstein inverted double adjustable dampersEibach race springsHPD 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.
SteeringProduction electric power steeringOMP racing wheel and quick disconnectOE Honda tilt / telescopic columnProduction electric power steeringOMP racing wheel and quick disconnectOE Honda tilt / telescopic columnElectric power steering with heavy-duty armsHeavy-duty ball joints on front lower wishboneMultifunction quick disconnect wheel
BrakesHPD 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 ductsBrembo 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 ductsJAS AP Racing front brake calipers with 380mm x 35mm DS4 discsJAS Motorsport rear brake calipers with 260mm x 9mm discsEndurance Option380x35mm with 64mm brake pad surfaceBrake cooling ducts from bumper to uprightBosch racing ABSSwitch-on central console with 12 working levels
BodyStock 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
StructureWelded multipoint roll cageOMP racing seatOMP XL seat (optional)OMP 6-pt harnessOMP window and center netsOMP on board fire control systemHPD/Hasport polyurethane engine mountsWelded multipoint roll cageOMP racing seatOMP XL seat (optional)OMP 6-pt harnessOMP window and center netsOMP on board fire control systemHPD/Hasport polyurethane engine mountsSeam-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)Endurance OptionAdjustable electrical side mirrors on center consoleUV cockpit lightsDrink systemLighted door number
Other
ElectronicsAIM 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
Fueling12.4-gallon capacityHPD Pyrotect Bolt-in FIA fuel cell16-gallon capacityHigh flow filler neck and cap in OE locationFT3 100-liter tankRacing collector tankAero-quality hoses and fittings3 lift pumps and filtersStabuli D12 refuelingEndurance OptionFiller neck on right C-pillar built to VLN standardsQuick refueling standard 1 left and 1 right
Eligible racing seriesSRO Touring Car Americas TCA classSCCA T3 classNASA ST5 & E2SRO Touring Car Americas TC classSCCA T2 classNASA ST5 & E2SRO Touring Car Americas TCR classIMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR classWorld TCR

*Does not include spare parts and support

Source : Honda