As you may know already, Honda is already working on the next-generation Civic Type-R and according to AutoExpress this new vehicle will be powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that could develop around 300 hp. These words came from Yasuhisa Arai from Honda’s R&D centre.
According to the same Arai, Honda replaced the old 1.6-liter motorsport engine with a bigger 2.0-liter in order to be sure that its car is capable to take on the more powerful Renault Megane RS 265. Moreover, Honda had to be sure that its car will beat the Megane’s record on Nurburgring and become the fastest front-wheel-drive car on the well-known German track.
Despite using a turbocharger, the new engine will still offer top-end rush of the old naturally-aspirated VTEC Type-R engine. Moreover, Honda will use a new suspension set-up that promises to minimize torque steer as well as other performance-boosting enhancements. We might also see a mechanical limited-slip differential and even rear-wheel steering.
For those who don’t know, Honda showed the Precision All-Wheel steer at an event in Tochigi Japan. Using this technology, the vehicle is faster in the corners and turns both rear wheels inwards slightly under hard braking. Still, the next-generation Honda Civic Type R needs to be cheap in order to be competitive on the market.
While the styling tweaks made on new Civic Type R have made the car more aggressive and more assertive, they also serve their functional objective. For instance, the holes in the front bumper grille – which guide air for the intercooler -- are shaped to minimize aerodynamic losses. The car features an aerodynamically efficient design indicating that the new Civic Type R was built for speed. Since Honda focused its efforts on the car’s aerodynamics, new Civic Type R features zero lift coefficient and a low coefficient of drag.
Honda has provided the new Civic Type R with a number of aerodynamic elements that help generate more downforce, thereby resulting to an overall negative lift. Likewise, Honda made sure that airflow isn’t achieved around the Civic Type R but also through it. This effort resulted to an airflow that pushes the Civic Type R car onto the road on both axles as well as to minimum drag. Thanks to this, the new Honda Civic Type R remains stable even at high speeds and could even go as fast as 270 km/h.
These abilities were ensured by Honda by having the Civic Type R subjected to extensive aerodynamic analysis, testing and development. Its development team also employed computer-based CFD modeling and wind tunnel testing at Honda's motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan. To confirm and validate all these development work, extensive prototype testing was conducted both on the road and on track, including at the Honda’s Takasu test facility, Nurburgring Nordschleife and Suzuka Formula One circuit.