It’s no secret that the Honda Civic Type R (FK8R) is one of the best road-going hatchbacks out there today, but it still hasn’t proven itself in the realm of motorsports. Making that decision didn’t take long after all, because JAS Motorsports has already started preparations for the 2018 TCR (Touring Car Racer) race series.
TCR regulations require cars to be closely based on their production models, apart from having the usual roll cage and race seats. The Italian team is relatively well acquainted with Hondas, because besides their exploits in TCR, they used to race Civics in WTCC (World Touring car Championship). The current FK2R TCR car (picture as below) has been a proven winner in TCR rounds across the globe.
The race-spec Civic will get specific aerodynamic kit to improve downforce, new multilink rear suspension and a comprehensive anti-roll bar system. The ECU will be tweaked to extract additional power from the 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The road version of the Civic Type R FK8 deploys 315 hp and 400 Nm of torque, but it’s currently unclear what the TCR version will crank.
The first batch of 25 cars will be ready by year’s end, and it’ll be sold to interested customers competing in regional or international TCR championships. The price of a TCR-spec car begins at €70k (approximately RM344k).