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2007 Honda Civic Type R - Across the Pond

British-built with a Japanese influence

Brian McGurk
Aug 10, 2012
Photographer: Johannes Helgert
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Although here in the States, the Type R line has been dead for over a decade, in England, Honda’s performance pedigree trundled on until 2011. The final iteration of the “R Legacy” is what you see here—the FN2. This particular custom version belongs to David Haswell of Newton Under Roseberry, UK, who’d never even owned a Honda prior to this red pocket rocket.

He states, “I’ve always been a fan of cars bearing the red H…but had only ever ‘owned’ or ‘driven’ them in video games!” David’s Mugen love was spawned by the one-off Mugen version of the FN2. “I wanted the aero parts that made it look so distinctive and aggressive.” David’s mod addiction began with a simple Mugen oil and radiator cap and was quickly followed by the Mugen intake, garnish, and rear spoiler. A few months later the Civic was treated to paint-matched vented front wings, or fenders for us in the U.S. Enamored with the Mugen bits so far, he opted for a Mugen Sport suspension kit and switched out the original alloys for a set of 18-inch Work Emotions wrapped in Hankook tires.

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By this time, Honda Japan had released the Euro-spec FN2 in Japan, giving some of the JDM tuners a crack at the car, and giving Dave a chance to buy some Spoon mono-block calipers and Project Mu pads. The FN2 is packing a 200hp K series under the hood, but Dave wouldn’t be a true tuner if he left that alone. He adds, “Despite being happy with the power of my car, I decided to try to extract a bit more from the excellent K20.”

A Tegiwa Kevlar intake brings the K motor some fresh cold air, and J’s Racing provided a new manifold and exhaust system. With a little help from U.S.-based Drag Cartel, a set of its drop-in cams were employed. With all of the new parts installed and an associated Hondata reflash, the Civic made a healthy 239hp at the wheels, and to help transfer that power to the ground is a Quaife LSD. The stock chassis is no doubt stiff, but not stiff enough for Dave’s liking, so a shock tower, pillar bar, and floor brace was provided by J’s Racing as well as a Type V hood.

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Dave’s future plans are to simply enjoy the fruits of his labor and hit the track as much as possible. With the outstanding list of mods he’s done so far, we’re sure he’ll have a blast!

Bolts & Washers

J’s Racing radiator hoses
J’s Racing FX Pro 4-2 exhaust manifold
J’s Racing 60SS cat-back exhaust
J’s Racing decat pipe
J’s Racing header cover
Spoon Sports Kevlar plug cover
Drag Cartel DIC camshafts
K-Tuned fuel rail
Tegiwa Kevlar intake
JDM Civic Type R FD2 intake to TB pipe
JDM Civic Type R RRC inlet manifold, ported
USDM Honda J35 throttle body
Quaife LSD
Hondata FlashPro
Mugen oil temp gauge
Mugen water temp gauge
Mugen oil pressure gauge

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Mugen Sports suspension struts
Mugen Sports suspension springs
J’s Racing floor brace, J’s Racing pillar brace
J’s Racing strut tower brace
J’s Racing Monocoque bar
Eibach camber bolts and rear shims

Dixcel slotted brake rotors
Project Mu HC+ brake pads
Spoon Sports brake calipers
Do Luck brake lines

Wheels and Tires
18x8 Work Emotion XD9, Hankook RS2 Semi slicks
Work Anodized red lug nuts

Honda GP kit
Honda JDM Euro badge
Mugen grille, Mugen wing
Mugen fenders, Mugen intake garnish
Mugen tailgate badge
J’s Racing Type V FRP hood
J’s Racing LED red emblem

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J’s Racing carbon steering wheel
J’s Racing titanium shift knob

My wife Ped
Caroline at Sumopower
Everyone on, especially Ed Golinsky

Owner Specs

Daily Grind

Favorite Site

Screen Name

Building Hondas
13 months

Dream Car
Honda NSX Type R

Inspiration for This Build
Mugen M20 Prototype

Future Build
J’s Racing EP3


Drag Cartel Industries
Simi Valley, CA 93065
J's Racing
Carson, CA 90746
By Brian McGurk
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