2018 Honda Civic Type R BTCC racing car unveiled

February 28, 2018

Honda has unveiled its racing car for the 2018 British Touring Car Championships based on the Honda Civic Type R.

At an unveiling event in Pacmotor Castellili in Spain, the new car was fully unveiled, with far more serious aero gear than its road-going counterpart. Racing the vehicle this season will be former BTCC champion Matt Neal and Dan Cammish (pictured below).

The car is still undergoing calibration, with a week-long test underway before the season launch at Donington Park on March 27, followed by the opening race at Brands Hatch across April 7-8. Honda UK’s managing director David Hodgetts said:

“The Honda Civic Type R has been one of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s most successful cars during its time in the series, and with the launch of the FK8 road car in 2017, it’s fantastic to see the next generation in full racing trim out on track for 2018. With the new car and a new driver pairing, we’re sure the season ahead will be one to remember”

James Rodgers, who is the Halfords Yuasa Racing team manager added:

“It’s been a massive effort by the team over the off-season to transition to the new Honda Civic Type R and to see all of those hours labour bear fruit is just a fantastic feeling. The car provides an excellent platform to work with and we’re sure it’ll prove a potent package when it hits the track in anger at Brands Hatch.”

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Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.