The Honda Civic Type R has been highly regarded by enthusiasts and race teams since the first-generation EK9 model was released in the mid-'90s. There was just one problem...it wasn't offered here in the States. So, when Honda released its fifth iteration of the CTR (FK8) two years ago—for the first time with a USDM model—the platform garnered significant acclaim, positioning it to be the hottest platform for Honda fans.
MAKING GOOD EVEN BETTER
Randy Lew of Evasive Motorsports could hardly wait to get his hands on the FK8. A die-hard Honda fanatic, he was more than excited for America's first Civic Type R. Already a capable platform from the factory, it was the ideal new project and development car for Evasive Motorsports.
Evasive has become quite synonymous with track preparation and developing capable road course cars. The staff wasted no time designing and testing parts on Randy's FK8. Refinement of the handling started with a four-point roll bar to stiffen the chassis, while a set of HKS Hipermax IV SP coilovers drop the ride height and aid in corner balancing the chassis.
While some may find the CTR's stock body styling to be on the aggressive side, Randy wanted his FK8 to stand out even more. The Evasive family designed a carbon-fiber front lip, front grille, side skirts, and rear diffuser to further distinguish the CTR's lines. Additional pieces were sourced from the Varis catalog. A carbon-fiber hood contributed to weight reduction, while carbon-fiber rear over fenders added to the Type R's stout haunches. To improve downforce, a Varis carbon-fiber splitter and wing were also added.
HATCHING A PLAN
This build shifted into high gear when a collaboration with HKS USA was struck to prepare the CTR for the HKS booth at the 2018 SEMA Show. A host of HKS bolt-ons started pouring in from Shizuoka, Japan, and the team got to work. They installed a cold-air intake that filters the incoming charge air on its way to the factory turbocharger, while a new front-mount intercooler with a larger core and hard pipes chills the pressurized charge before it enters the combustion chambers to ensure optimal air density. An HKS front pipe and Legamax Premium exhaust ensure a free-flowing path for the exhaust gases leaving the turbo.
HKS USA General Manager Keisuke Morita contributed his calibration expertise. Utilizing a Hondata FlashPro interface and the FlashProManager software, Keisuke optimized the ECU for 100-octane race fuel, upping the CTR's output to 383 hp and 376 lb-ft torque as measured on Evasive's Mustang dyno. This is an improvement of 77 hp and 81 lb-ft torque over the CTR's factory numbers with basic bolt-ons and tuning.
Under street conditions, this increase takes the CTR to the next level in performance. However, the turbocharged K20C1 engine has proven to be a real hot head at the track— even in stock form. With the added output, the Evasive team discovered heat would sideline the car every few laps. To combat this, a higher-capacity Koyo radiator along with an HKS oil cooler work together to exchange heat with the atmosphere. Evasive also fabricated inlet and outlet piping finished with a ceramic thermal barrier coating to further help with heat management.
SHOWN IN VEGAS, RACED AT SUPER LAP
After Wrap Bullys applied HKS' trademark splash graphics to the matte gray exterior, Randy's Type R made its first public appearance at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas. This was a particularly special moment for HKS USA, as the company opened its new corporate offices in Chandler, Arizona, earlier in 2018. The Type R drew plenty of attention to the brand's return to SEMA after being absent for many years.
To end the season on an even higher note, Evasive took the CTR to Buttonwillow Raceway to compete in the Street Class of our annual Super Lap Battle Finals. With hot shoe Robert Walker behind the wheel, the CTR ran a best time of 1:55.726, enough to claim the second spot on the podium in its first competitive appearance, punctuating HKS' return to the limelight.