At the Frankfurt Motor Show, Manabu Nishimae, President, Honda Motor Europe, announced that the 2015 Civic Type R will be powered by a direct injection turbocharged 2.0-litre engine capable to develop at least 280 PS. Apparently, the Japanese manufacturer wants the 2015 Civic Type R to become the fastest front wheel drive car around the infamous Nurburgring circuit in Germany.
Still, the sporty hatch will not arrive now as Honda needs 2 more years to develop it before going on sale in 2015. Manabu Nishimae said that the on-track testing already begun and the team already set a time approaching the lap record.
Moreover, a video with the Civic Type R prototype driven by Gabriele Tarquini was released and premiered during the Honda Press Conference in Frankfurt. For those who don’t know, Honda also introduced the new Civic Tourer at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show and confirmed that their estate will be capable to use only 3.8 liters of fuel for travelling 100 km when using the 1.6 i-DTEC engine.
New Civic Type R became a subject of styling tweaks from the maker, allowing it to sport a more aggressive stance. Nonetheless, the changes made have their own functional purpose. For instance, the holes in the front bumper grille – guiding air to the intercooler -- are sized and shaped to minimize aerodynamic losses.
The aerodynamically efficient design of the new Civic Type R shows that it is a car that was intently developed to quench the thirst for speed. Thus, focusing on aerodynamics has allowed Honda to ensure that the Civic Type R has a zero lift coefficient as well as a minimum of drag – allowing it to lead its class in terms of aerodynamic performance.
Aerodynamic package for the new Civic Type R employs an array of elements that generate downforce and thereby create negative lift. These aerodynamic elements allow for smooth airflow around and through the Civic Type R, thereby resulting to negative lift on both axles, as complemented by minimal aerodynamic drag. This event is well felt on the front end, thereby allowing high stability at high speeds, even as the Civic Type reaches its top speed of 270 km/h.
To ensure the aerodynamic performance of the new Civic Type R, Honda subjected it to comprehensive analysis, testing and development. In fact, Honda’s development team employed computer-based CFD modeling as well as wind tunnel testing at the carmaker’s dedicated motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan, which is incidentally the home of its Formula One engine program.
Honda validated the results of the development work by employing extensive prototype testing both on the road and on the track. Tests include those done at Honda’s Takasu test facility, the Suzuka Formula One circuit and the well-known Nurburgring Nordschleife.