La Honda Civic Type R passe au niveau supérieur.

La Honda Civic Type R est de loin l'une des sportives les plus populaires aujourd'hui. Cette voiture de sport développe une puissance de 320 ch pour un couple de 400 Nm, permettant de passer de 0 à 100 km/h en 5,8 secondes et de filer à 272 km/h. Pour certains préparateurs, cette puissance n'est toujours pas suffisante, il en faut plus.

Deux Honda Civic Type R ont fait leurs débuts lors de l’événement SMMT 2019, qui s'est tenu à Millbrook Proving Ground dans le Bedfordshire, au Royaume-Uni. La première est sans doute l'une des Civic Type R les plus exotiques que nous ayons vue jusqu'ici. Surnommé OveRland, ce projet est le fruit du travail de Ralph Hosier Engineering et semble être prêt aux épreuves de rallye. 

Malheureusement, l'OveRland Civic n'est pas équipée d'un moteur amélioré et, en raison de certaines complications, n'est pas complètement terminée. Cependant, elle est toujours exposée au Royaume-Uni.

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La deuxième est une Civic Type R pour la route. Développée par Team Dynamics Motorsport, elle développe plus de 400 ch pour 677 Nm de couple grâce à diverses améliorations. Les modifications apportées à la cartographie du moteur, au système d'admission et à l'échappement se traduisent par un gain de performance de 25 %, donnant à la Type R près de 100 chevaux de plus que la version standard. Pour faire face à ce surcroît de puissance, le préparateur l'a également équipée de freins plus performants, de barres anti-roulis réglables, de pneus Dunlop et de jantes légères de 19 pouces.

"Nous voulons montrer ce qui peut être extrait de la voiture avec seulement quelques légères modifications. La voiture de série est si compétente qu'il ne faut pas grand-chose pour la faire passer au niveau supérieur" a déclaré James Rodgers, directeur de l'équipe Team Dynamics.

Source : Honda U.K.

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Team Dynamics Motorsport and Ralph Hosier Engineering have today unveiled two very different versions of the Honda Civic Type R at the 2019 SMMT Test Day. Held at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, the annual event sees over 300 journalists test drive a range of manufacturer cars.

The Team Dynamics Motorsport version of the Civic Type R has been conceived by the Droitwich-based motorsport team to showcase the potential of the Civic Type R. The multi-championship winning team is the driving force behind the Halfords Yuasa Racing team, otherwise known as the Honda British Touring Car Championship works team.

Remaining road-legal, the car has a comprehensive selection of ‘off-the-shelf’ and bespoke modifications that have been carefully selected by Team Dynamics to heighten all aspects of the car. The changes to the ECU (Superchips), induction system (ITG), intercooler (PWR), sports cat (Dream) and exhaust (Scorpion) have yielded a 25% gain in performance; taking power to 400bhp and 500Nm. Helping control this increase are a number of modifications that embody both performance and safety, such as Goodridge stainless performance braided brake hoses, Eibach Pro performance springs, adjustable anti-roll bars and rear camber arms, and Dunlop DZ03G track day tyres wrapped around Team Dynamics’ 19” Pro-Race lightweight competition-derived wheels.

James Rodgers, team manager at Team Dynamics, comments: “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. 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 second unveil is a unique project by Ralph Hosier Engineering that has given the Civic Type R credentials like never before. Due to production complications, the car is yet to be finished but estimates are the car will be ready in a month.

Raised over four inches, and equipped with huge mud-plugging tyres, the Civic Type OveRland takes huge influence from Rally Raid, Overland and Safari models from the world of rally and adventure holidaying.

The complex anti-torque-steer Dual-Axis strut arrangement has been retained to allow the fundamental design and purpose of the Civic Type R’s suspension to work as the factory intended. At the rear, a bespoke trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links have lifted the car three inches higher than standard. Transferring this to the tarmac, or mud, are 255/55/18 BF Goodrich tyres wrapped around rally-derived, lightweight wheels. Finished in iconic Championship White the concept subtly accentuates silhouette to create a familiar but different feel to the car.

Ralph Hosier, owner of the eponymous engineering business, added: “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. We have also had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what can be done with a road car.”

After approaches from both firms last year, Honda UK provided pre-production versions of the Swindon-built Civic Type R for both to create their version of what a Civic Type R could be. And while there are no plans for either to be put in to production, both Team Dynamics and Ralph Hosier Engineering have said they will create one-off versions for discerning customers.

Surprisingly, both versions carry over the same powertrain and gearbox from the road going car as well as the extensive suite of safety products that are standard to the entire Honda range of passenger cars, demonstrating both the firm’s and Honda’s uncompromising commitment to safety.

Available for under £300 a month, the standard road-going Civic Type R has a top speed of 169mph and can do the 0-62mph sprint in just 5.7 seconds. The power comes from the 2.0-litre VTEC TURBO engine that has been optimised and refined to produce 320 PS with peak torque of 400 Nm.