In the world of motor racing (professional or amateur), engine transplants are as common as eggs on toast. So long as the engine fits in that square enclosure, everything else is bound only by one’s imagination – even if the powerplant is too big for the engine bay, cutting into the car’s structure isn’t uncommon practise.
Now Honda, at the SEMA show has announced that its latest Civic Type R’s 2.0-litre VTEC Turbo engine, the heartbeat of the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle in the world, is available for sale as a crate engine. The engine alone, can be purchased via Honda Performance Developement’s Honda Racing Line Programme.
The K20C1 engine, which produces 306 hp and 400 Nm will now also be available to US grassroots and professional racers for verified, close-course racing applications. Before this, only Europe and Asia-based amateur racers were able to load their cars with Civic Type R crate engine.
What’s the catch then? Well, a significant amount of money of course.
The engine costs USD 6,519.87 (RM 27,568) excluding shipping cost and Honda Racing Line membership. If you’re a local race car driver, be it amateur or professional, and you’ve grown tired of the naturally-aspirated K20A engine from the FD2R Civic Type R (which is impossible), here’s how you can get your hands on some turbocharged goodness.