Honda announces Civic Type R TC customer racing car

December 17, 2019

Honda has unveiled an awesome new customer racing version of its Civic Type R, called the Type R TC. It’s been developed by Honda Performance Development in the USA.

The latest Civic Type R road car already offers incredible performance and handling, so it’s only natural that the company, or a subdivision of the company, would create a bespoke version specifically for racing. It’s designed as a turn-key package, ready for competition.

For the exterior, HPD has retained the standard sheet metal body, however, most areas have been enhanced or modified in-house or via partnering suppliers. At the front is a special high-flow grille and a J’s Racing fibreglass vented bonnet, removed fog lights, with an extended front skirt blending into matching side skirts. You’ll probably also notice the massive wing at the back.

Inside, most of the furniture is removed leaving only a racing bucket seat for the driver and the essential dash setup. There’s also a full race-certified roll cage arrangement, safety nets, and a racing steering wheel, with lots and lots of weight reduction via carpet removal and the bulk of the climate and multimedia features.

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As for the powertrain, it’s based on the standard 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder from the road car. The ECU is also based on the production unit, but there is a HPD CSF radiator and oil coolers, a HPD/Borla downpipe and exhaust system, and a strengthened six-speed manual transmission with a Cusco limited-slip differential.

Helping in the handling department is a completely reworked suspension system, incorporating HPD-developed Bilstein adjustable dampers, Eibach springs, HPD camber and caster plates, upgraded HPD/RV6 rear lower control arms, and a set of forged F14 cast aluminium 18-inch wheels completing the pack.

Engine output rather depends on the racing series the customer is pitching for, but the unit can produce anywhere between 201kW and 246kW – keeping in mind the standard car produces 221kW. Speaking about the package, Ted Klaus, president of HPD, said:

“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. 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.”

As Klaus mentions, the Civic racing products for customers ranges from the Civic Si TCA, this new Type R TC, to the Type R TCR touring car. The TC is available to order now priced from US$89,900. It’s eligible to compete in the SRO TC Americas Touring Car series.

Brett is the editor and founder of Performance Drive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.