New Honda Civic Type R to join 2015 BTCC season

Article by Christian Andrei, on March 22, 2015

The new Honda Civic Type R will be joining the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Honda will officially unveil the new Civic Type R at the BTCC media day at Donington on March 24. It was designed and built in the Team Dynamics workshops in Pershore, Worcestershire – a result of collaboration between Honda UK manufacturing in Swindon and Honda Yuasa Racing.

The designing process started in September 2014 with the build commencing in November. It was derived from the production version of the new Civic Type R that will be rolled out to the public in July 2015.

By deriving the racing version on an existing road car, was able to build a car that boast of increased down force compared to Tourer of 2014, less drag and a more effective air flow management. It will feature 350bhp of output and 400Nm of torque. Barry Plowman, Technical Director at Honda Yuasa Racing, remarked that his team has high hopes for 2015, saying that their new car will “win races.”

He said that the shape of the new road-going Civic Type R has allowed Honda Yuasa Racing to build on the design and make it a championship winning car. The team will parade Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal as their drivers -- for the sixth straight season.

“This is a car that not just us, but the entire automotive industry has been waiting for,” added Matt Neal. “We are as excited as anybody to start running the Civic Type R, which is a massive step forward from last year’s Tourer – from the engine to the handling and aerodynamics.” “The Civic Type R is an iconic car,” commented 2012 BTCC Champion Shedden. “We are champing at the bit to get this distinctive, aggressive looking car out on the track. It’s going to stand out and cause a real stir on the track. Especially when we clean up in the championship!” [source: Honda]

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