Honda CEO confirms new Civic Type R for 2015

Article by Christian A., on September 22, 2012

Honda CEO Takanobu Ito announced that a new Civic Type R in development for the European markets will be introduced in 2015. So far, Honda hasn’t released any sketches or renderings of the new Civic Type R model. However, Honda acknowledged that it is developing a new compact SUV model as well as three new hybrid technologies.

It also said that it is preparing to launch an all-new fuel cell electric model that will arrive in Japan, Europe, and the U.S. in 2015.

Honda said that the new Civic Type R intended for Europe will make use of technology and research that come from Honda’s efforts in World Touring Car Championships (WTCC). Honda also said it is confident that the new Civic Type R will achieve the record of being the fastest front-wheel drive vehicle on the Nürburgring track.

The compact SUV model, which shares a platform with the next-generation Jazz (Fit) model, will only be offered in Europe. What Americans should get excited about is Honda’s work on three new hybrid technologies.

Honda aims to offer the best fuel economy among all hybrid vehicles. To reach this goal, Honda is focusing on its development of a lightweight and compact one-motor hybrid system. There will be improvements in engine performance output, battery performance, and a recently developed transmission to aid in extending the range of the zero-emission vehicles.

New Civic Type R debuts a new unique style which gives it an aggressive and more purposeful stance while at the same time maintains a functional purpose to all its features. The front bumper contains holes big enough to serve air into the intercooler and is specifically shaped to lessen aerodynamic losses. Its sleek and aerodynamically-efficient features reflect a car especially developed for speed. This highlight on aerodynamics ensures zero lift coefficient as well as a minimum drag which provides the best overall aerodynamic performance.

This unique aerodynamic package utilizes precise down force-generating elements to the Civic Type R to make way for an overall negative lift not typical to the industry and one of a kind for its class. The airflow is also improved not only around the car but also through it which ensured a negative lift on both axles and minimum drag. This particularly applies to the front of the car, allowing stability at high speed for up to 270 km/h.

The fourth generation Type R went through an exhaustive aerodynamic analysis, development and testing to achieve this kind of stability. It complied with objectives through a computer-based CFD modeling as well as wind tunnel testing in one of Honda’s best motorsports facility in Sakura, Japan, which is the home of the Formula One engine program developed by Honda.

Extensive prototype testing conducted both on track and on the road was used to validate this development work. These tests conducted in Takasu test facility includes the Suzuka Formula One Circuit and the Nürburgring Nordschleife

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