Honda UK has revealed a pair of modified Civic Type Rs at the annual SMMT Test Day, showcasing two different takes on the popular hot hatch; one is a road-legal example with a wide range of goodies added to it, along with an extra 94hp, and the other draws inspiration from Rally Raid cars, featuring a lift of over 4 inches.
Created by the same people behind Honda’s BTCC works team, the Team Dynamics Motorsport version of the Type R makes use of a comprehensive selection of "off-the-shelf" components in combination with bespoke modifications.
Changes to the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine include a remap, a new induction system and intercooler and a freer-flowing Scorpion exhaust among other. Power figures are now 400hp (405PS) and 368lb-ft (500Nm) of torque.
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"We’re familiar with the race-winning FK8, however we wanted to showcase what can be extracted from the car with just a few light modifications," said James Rodgers, team manager at Team Dynamics. "The standard car, which we call a race car for the road, is so competent that it really doesn’t take much to take it to the next level."
The chassis has also been upgraded with goodies such as Eibach Pro performance springs, adjustable anti-roll bars and rear camber arms, stainless braided brake hoses and new 19-inch alloys wrapped in sticky Dunlops.
Honda Civic Type R OveRland
The second modified Honda Civic Type R is the OveRland, created by Ralph Hosier Engineering. This unique project is not actually finished just yet -it’s expected to be completed in a month from now.
The car features a four-inch lift and is fitted with big, 255/55 BF Goodrich tires wrapped around rally-derived wheels. The inspiration clearly comes from the world of rally racing, with the OveRland retaining the normal production car’s Dual-Axis strut arrangement at the front and getting a bespoke trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links at the rear.
"These two wildly different interpretations of the Civic Type R showcase the standard car’s attributes, but also reflect the advanced, sporty and playful nature of the entire Civic range," said Ralph Hosier, owner of the eponymous engineering business. "We have also had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what can be done with a road car."
As you would expect, there are no plans of putting these two projects in production but both Team Dynamics and Ralph Hosier Engineering are open to create one-off cars for interested customers.