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FK8 Civic Type R TC Revealed

HPD fills the mid-range of its turnkey touring car program with this Gradient Racing-built challenger

Bob Hernandez
Dec 12, 2019

Since they were bred to track, Honda's Type R offerings have found numerous ways to be utilized for circuit use, and as a corporate enabler the Big H has only been too happy of late to satisfy many a racers' habit, both by developing cars, like the current FK8 Civic Type R, and motorsports-grade parts to use on them, which is what Honda Performance Development (HPD) does. HPD are the folk responsible for the automaker's American racing programs, and its full-throated involvement in trending TCR Touring Cars has led to a new turnkey challenger in the stable: the Civic Type R TC.

HPD has designed the CTR TC for both pro racers and "skilled Type R enthusiasts who wish to transition from track time in a stock Type R to a fully built race car," which we know will seem tempting to a lot of Type R fan-boys out there (well, at least until they get to the price). Starting with a body-in-white from Honda's plant in England and a turbo K20C1 from the Ohio factory, Gradient Racing in Austin, Texas, pieces together the machines from HPD racing components developed in-house and select suppliers to build a ready-to-race vehicle that saves racers the time and money of doing it themselves. Major modifications to the production Type R include a high-flow front grille, a J's Racing FRP vented hood, CSF-designed radiator and oil cooler; an HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust; a 6-speed manual transmission with high-strength 3rd and 4th gears; an HPD/Cusco limited slip differential; HPD Girodisk 2-piece front brake rotors and HPD brake inlet ducts; an HPD/Pyrotect bolt-in FIA 16-gallon fuel cell; a welded multi-point racing cage; and an OMP racing seat with 6-point harness.

2 wheeling Photo 27/27   |   Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car

Spec'ed out for SRO TC Americas Touring Car competition, and also eligible for certain NASA and SCCA classes, the Type R TC is available to Honda Racing Line members with racing licenses in North America exclusively through HPD at a manufacturer's price of $89,900 (Honda Racing Line is essentially a club where members get factory support and direct access to HPD racing parts). It joins the TCA-class Civic Si and TCR-class Type R in HPD's portfolio of Civic-based, ready-to-rock racing machines. In addition to a fully outfitted race car, HPD supports all of its racing customers with trackside factory engineering and parts support, and an exclusive technical support line that can connect racing customers directly with HPD engineers when they're not at the track.

LA Honda World Racing will be the first to bite with the FK8 TC, entering two cars in the 2020 SRO TC Americas series competition. The team campaigned three Civic Type R TCR race cars in IMSA's Michelin Pilot Challenge in 2019 and battled for a championship title, with multiple wins from drivers Tom O'Gorman, Shelby Blackstock, Mike Lamarra and Matt Pombo.

With the Civic Type R TC, HPD has basically established a three-tiered ladder for racers looking to move up through touring cars, starting with Si TCA and peaking with the Type R TCR. Check out the chart below to see how the three specs stack up against one another, and for more about the program head over to hpd.honda.com.

Civic Si TCA vs Civic Type R TC vs Type R TCR

Civic Si TCA Type R TC Type R TCR
Price (for eligible Honda Racing Line members) $52,500* $89,900* $172,238*
Drivetrain
Engine
  • 1.5-liter inline-4 (production-based)
  • 2.0-liter inline-4 (production-based)
  • 2.0-liter inline-4 (production-based)
  • Calibrated and sealed by JAS Motorsport
Engine Management
  • Production-based ECU
  • HPD or customer-tuned (series dependent)
  • Production-based ECU
  • HPD or customer-tuned (series dependent)
  • Motec M142 ECU with custom wiring harness
  • Mapped for 100 octane fuel
Cooling
  • HPD CSF radiator
  • OE Honda intercooler
  • HPD CSF radiator and auxiliary oil coolers
  • HPD cooling ducts
  • OE Honda intercooler
  • High performance radiator, oil cooler and intercooler
  • Ducting for engine, radiator, and intercooler
Fuel
  • Direct injected 91+ octane unleaded (series dependent)
  • Direct injected 91+ octane unleaded (series dependent)
  • Direct injected, 100 octane unleaded race fuel
Exhaust
  • HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust
  • HPD/Borla downpipe and turbo back exhaust
  • Competition stainless exhaust with racing-grade catalytic converter
Performance
  • 170-220+ hp (series dependent)
  • 270-330+hp (series dependent)
  • 340 hp
Transmission & Differential
  • OEM 6-speed manual transmission
  • HPD high strength 4th gear
  • HPD/Cusco Limited Slip Differential
  • HPD single mass flywheel
  • OEM 6-speed manual transmission
  • HPD high strength 3rd and 4th gears
  • HPD Cusco limited slip differential
  • Xtrac 6-speed sequential gearbox
  • Hydraulic paddle shifters
  • Limited slip differential w/exterior adjustable preload
  • Gearbox oil cooler
  • JAS twin-disc racing clutch
  • Bespoke 6kg flywheel
Chassis
Suspension
  • Front MacPherson strut, multi-link rear
  • HPD/Bilstein inverted double adjustable dampers
  • Eibach race springs
  • HPD front camber and caster plates
  • HPD/SPC rear camber adjustment
  • HPD/SPC rear camber adjustment
  • Upgraded HPD/RV6 rear lower arms for race spring rates and positive toe adjustment
  • Enkei RPF1 cast aluminum wheels, 17 x 8 in.
  • Front dual axis MacPherson strut, multi-link rear
  • HPD/Bilstein inverted double adjustable dampers
  • Eibach race springs
  • HPD front camber and caster plates
  • HPD/SPC rear camber adjustment
  • HPD/RV6 rear adjustable stabilizer bar
  • Spherical suspension bushings and damper mounts
  • Upgraded HPD/RV6 rear lower arms for race spring rates and positive toe adjustment
  • Forgestar F14 cast aluminum wheels, 18 x 9.5 in.
  • Front Ohlins TTX NK56 dampers
  • Rear Ohlins 2 way S46 dampers
  • Rear anti-roll bar with 3 holes for adjustment
  • 3 front and 2 rear sway bars with different stiffness (optional)
  • 3 sets of springs with different stiffness (optional)
  • JAS OZ Racing cast aluminum wheels, 18 x 10 in.
Steering
  • Production electric power steering
  • OMP racing wheel and quick disconnect
  • OE Honda tilt / telescopic column
  • Production electric power steering
  • OMP racing wheel and quick disconnect
  • OE Honda tilt / telescopic column
  • Electric power steering with heavy-duty arms
  • Heavy-duty ball joints on front lower wishbone
  • Multifunction quick disconnect wheel
Brakes
  • HPD Wilwood Superlite front brakes with 6-piston calipers
  • Wilwood 2-pc slotted rotors, 327x28mm
  • OEM rear brakes with single-piston calipers
  • HPD Goodridge front and rear braided brake lines
  • HPD ABS modulator
  • Carbon fiber brake cooling inlet ducts
  • Brembo 4-piston calipers
  • HPD Girodisk 2-pc front rotors 350mm x 32mm
  • OEM rear calipers and rotors
  • HPD Goodridge front and rear braided brake lines
  • HPD ABS Modulator
  • Variety of Sprint/Endurance brake compounds available
  • HPD brake cooling inlet ducts
  • JAS AP Racing front brake calipers with 380mm x 35mm DS4 discs
  • JAS Motorsport rear brake calipers with 260mm x 9mm discs

Endurance Option

  • 380x35mm with 64mm brake pad surface
  • Brake cooling ducts from bumper to upright
  • Bosch racing ABS
  • Switch-on central console with 12 working levels
Body
  • Stock Honda Civic Si Coupe
  • High-flow front grille
  • HPD brake cooling inlet ducts
  • Adjustable electric side mirrors
  • High-flow front grille
  • HPD oil cooler, brake, and radiator inlet ducts
  • J's Racing FRP vented hood
  • HPD APR adjustable rear wing
  • Adjustable electric side mirrors
  • Front/rear composite wheel arches
  • Front/rear composite bumper
  • Adjustable front splitter
  • Hood scoop
  • Composite side skirts
  • JAS rear wing under TCR regulations
  • Airjack system
Structure
  • Welded multipoint roll cage
  • OMP racing seat
  • OMP XL seat (optional)
  • OMP 6-pt harness
  • OMP window and center nets
  • OMP on board fire control system
  • HPD/Hasport polyurethane engine mounts
  • Welded multipoint roll cage
  • OMP racing seat
  • OMP XL seat (optional)
  • OMP 6-pt harness
  • OMP window and center nets
  • OMP on board fire control system
  • HPD/Hasport polyurethane engine mounts
  • Seam-welded body panels
  • TIG-welded roll cage, homologated by MSA-UK
  • Cross bracing and gusseting for maximum stiffness
  • OMP 6-pt harness
  • OMP seat
  • Cool suit system (optional)
  • Heated Lexan screen (optional)

Endurance Option

  • Adjustable electrical side mirrors on center console
  • UV cockpit lights
  • Drink system
  • Lighted door number
Other
Electronics
  • AIM MXP 1.2 data logger
  • Motec C125 data logger (optional)
  • AIM MXP 1.2 data logger
  • Motec C125 data logger (optional)
  • 4-wheel suspension position sensors (optional)
  • Motec PDM30 power distribution (factory sealed)
  • Motec C127 data logger
Fueling
  • 12.4-gallon capacity
  • HPD Pyrotect Bolt-in FIA fuel cell
  • 16-gallon capacity
  • High flow filler neck and cap in OE location
  • FT3 100-liter tank
  • Racing collector tank
  • Aero-quality hoses and fittings
  • 3 lift pumps and filters
  • Stabuli D12 refueling

Endurance Option

  • Filler neck on right C-pillar built to VLN standards
  • Quick refueling standard 1 left and 1 right
Eligible racing series
  • SRO Touring Car Americas TCA class
  • SCCA T3 class
  • NASA ST5 & E2
  • SRO Touring Car Americas TC class
  • SCCA T2 class
  • NASA ST5 & E2
  • SRO Touring Car Americas TCR class
  • IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class
  • World TCR

*Does not include spare parts and support

Type R badge Photo 27/27   |   Honda Performance Development Civic Type R TC Race Car
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