New Honda Civic Type R revealed in TCR race trim

Dramatic production Civic Type R gets even more crazy in TCR touring car form

TCR is increasingly becoming one of the more exciting categories in motorsport, with a large range of cars eligible for entry and all based heavily on cars you can actually go out and buy.

If a good road car makes a good racer, then JAS Motorsport’s new Honda Civic Type R TCR will be one to watch when it joins the series in 2018. It should build on the success of the outgoing Civic already campaigned by Milan-based JAS, which has been a consistent front-runner in the WTCC, winning that series in 2013.

Unlike modern touring cars, all TCR cars are based heavily on their production equivalents, making use of their standard drivetrains, albeit with modifications taking maximum power up to 330bhp and around 300lb ft of torque.

Manufacturers can actually retain the standard manual or paddleshift transmissions if they wish, though a TCR-sanctioned sequential is also available. TCR regulations restrict weight to 1250kg for cars retaining the production gearbox, with a 35kg penalty for those using the racing 'box.

Brakes, wheels, tyres and aerodynamics can also be changed, while suspension can be upgraded but must retain the production car’s layout. That latter point already gets the latest Civic Type R off to a better start than its predecessor, with Honda having moved to independent suspension all-round with the new model.

JAS Motorsport has altered the Civic’s already dramatic styling with a new aero kit, comprising wider arches, a shovel-like front splitter and a huge GT wing to replace the Civic’s standard two-tier item. The shell also packs the mandatory roll cage for safety, while a new ECU is used to control the Civic’s 2-litre turbocharged powerplant.

JAS will even offer an endurance racing package for the car, suitable for the VLN and other endurance series, which comprises ABS, additional lighting, and a driver cooling system. The outfit will begin delivering the new Civic TCR cars on December 15, with the first 25 cars ready for the 2018 racing season.

Those cars will join 19 other TCR models already registered for series all around the world - reinforcing the category’s relevance as a racing series. Click here to read our review of the road-going Honda Civic Type R.

Recommended

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 review – does it have one over a Trophy-R?
Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition - sideways
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition 2021 review – does it have one over a Trophy-R?

The ultimate turbocharged front-wheel drive hot hatch, and arguably one of the greatest cars to ever wear the ‘hot hatch’ tag full stop
11 Jan 2021
Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?

Subtle tweaks have made the Type R an even more formidable hot hatch, but we’re keen to try one again soon to understand fully the changes to the susp…
22 Sep 2020
2020 Honda Civic Type R UK prices revealed
Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Honda Civic Type R UK prices revealed

All four derivatives of the mildly updated Civic Type R have been priced for local markets
7 Sep 2020
FK8 Honda Civic Type R fettled by Mugen
Honda Civic Type-R

FK8 Honda Civic Type R fettled by Mugen

Japanese Honda tuner Mugen has released a handful of parts for the latest Civic Type R 
29 Jun 2020

Most Popular

Sub-T.50 Gordon Murray Automotive Project Two supercar confirmed
GMA T.50 XP2
Supercars

Sub-T.50 Gordon Murray Automotive Project Two supercar confirmed

Two-seater retains Cosworth V12 and manual gearbox, but loses ground-effect fan
10 May 2021
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head
Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera v Mercedes-AMG
Features

Audi RS6 v Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo v Mercedes-AMG E63 S Estate – super-estates go head-to-head

Which 600bhp wagon is the current super-estate king? It‘s time to find out as the Audi RS6 Avant takes on Porsche Panamera Turbo S E-Hybrid Sport Turi…
8 May 2021
GTO Engineering's Squalo is a Ferrari 250 SWB recreation with a 10,000rpm V12
GTO Engineering Squalo
Ferrari

GTO Engineering's Squalo is a Ferrari 250 SWB recreation with a 10,000rpm V12

New-build Ferrari 250 SWB creation bridges classic style and modern technology
12 May 2021