New Honda Civic Type R to compete in 2015 BTCC

Civic Tourer unceremoniously dumped in favour of Honda's latest hot hatchback

Honda’s latest Civic Type-R, revealed in full at the 2015 Geneva motor show, will this year compete in the British Touring Car Championship.

Honda Yuasa Racing struggled with last year’s Honda Civic Tourer, missing out on the team’s title to the eBay Motors BMW team. There are much higher hopes for this year’s car, whose bodywork is based on that of the road-going Civic Type-R.

While the racer will use the shell of its road-going equivalent, current BTCC cars still bear little resemblance to the cars that spawn them.

The Civic Type-R road car sends 306bhp through its front wheels – enough to make it the most powerful front-drive car in its class – but the racing version is set to develop 350bhp. Interestingly, both share a torque figure – 295lb ft – but the racer’s aerodynamics package is further developed from that of the aggressive road car.

The new shell is said to create less drag and has better airflow management than the Tourer which predeced it.

‘We are as excited as anybody to start running the Civic Type R,’ explains Matt Neal, who continues at the team unchanged along with teammate Gordon Shedden. ‘[The car is] a massive step forward from last year’s Tourer – from the engine to the handling and aerodynamics.’

Honda Yuasa Racing has been working closely with Honda UK manufacturing since last September, readying the racing version long before the road car made its official debut.

It should put the team in a good position ahead of the official media day at Donington on March 24 – and the first race of the season at Brands Hatch, on April 5. 

Recommended

Car pictures of the week
Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI
Peugeot 205 GTi hatchback

Car pictures of the week

In this week’s car pictures from issue 292, we look at the highlights from Adam Towler’s drive in the Tolman Peugeot 205 GTI
3 Dec 2021
Hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Yaris concept revealed
 Toyota GR Yaris concept – front quarter
Toyota GR Yaris

Hydrogen-powered Toyota GR Yaris concept revealed

The combustion-powered Toyota GR Yaris has been fitted with a hydrogen fuel system in this latest concept car
2 Dec 2021
Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?
evo Volkswagen Golf R PP – front cornering
Volkswagen Golf R

Volkswagen Golf R review – has the hottest VW still got it?

Undercooked and irritating in equal measure, the Mk8 Golf R’s execution is found wanting, and it’s a loss for the class
26 Nov 2021
Ford Focus ST Edition 2022 review – will newfound focus make this ST worry a Civic Type R and i30 N?
Ford Focus ST Edition on track – front cornering
Ford Focus

Ford Focus ST Edition 2022 review – will newfound focus make this ST worry a Civic Type R and i30 N?

The new Focus ST Edition runs things closer to its very talented competition, but it’s still no cigar
25 Nov 2021

Most Popular

Aston Martin V12 Vantage officially coming in 2022
V12 Vantage teaser
Aston Martin Vantage

Aston Martin V12 Vantage officially coming in 2022

Aston Martin’s dreamy small body/big engine combo is back, a new V12 Vantage is coming next year
1 Dec 2021
Morgan shows off new 3 Wheeler in designer sketches
Morgan 3 Wheeler prototype 1
Morgan 3 Wheeler

Morgan shows off new 3 Wheeler in designer sketches

Morgan's given us a look ahead at its new 3 Wheeler
2 Dec 2021
Audi RS3 2021 review - Audi Sport set to take on AMG’s A45S
Audi RS3 review 2021
Audi RS3

Audi RS3 2021 review - Audi Sport set to take on AMG’s A45S

Audi’s new RS3 hyper hatch finally gets the technology to take on AMG’s range-topper
22 Nov 2021