Honda prepares something special for Civic Type R owners at Spa Circuit Francorchamps

Article by Christian A., on June 3, 2014

Honda will be hosting a special experience for Civic Type R owners at the seventh round of the World Touring Car Championship at Spa Circuit Francorchamps on June 20 to 22, 2014. Two hundred Civic Type R owners would be able to see the WTCC racing, treated as VIPs and take a glimpse of the new Civic Type R Concept.

They would also able to meet Castrol Honda Racing Team drivers: FIA WTCC Champion Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro, Norbert Michelisz and Mehdi Bennani. Not only that, Civic Type R owners will have a chance to drive their own cars on an exclusive parade lap around the Spa Circuit on the Saturday afternoon.

Civic Type R owners could experience avail of the special experience at just £32.51 (€40). While additional adults in the car will be charged £57 (€70) each, children under 12 years of age could join at no costs.

To become one of the lucky 200 Civic Type R owners who could take part in the experience, interested individuals has to register their attendance at www.typerspa.eu. The new Honda Civic Type R Concept model will be showcased throughout the racing weekend.

This concept provides a glimpse of the exterior styling direction of the new Type R production model that will be rolled out in Europe next year.

The new Type R is set to become the most extreme Civic Type R yet, touted by the design team as a 'racing car for the road.' Honda will showcase the concept model with the current WTCC Honda Civic racing cars to show how those racing units inspired the design of the new Civic Type R Concept model.

The various styling changes implemented on the new Civic Type R have been done in a unique manner so as to give a purposeful and aggressive stance. Further, all of the changes come with a functional purpose. Take for example, the bumper grille in the front which has holes that ensure the intercooler gets air. The way the holes have been sized and shaped has resulted in any aerodynamic losses being minimized.

The design can be described as being aerodynamically efficient. With this, it reveals the fact that this model was first and foremost developed in order to be able to perform at speed. By focusing on aerodynamics, a zero lift coefficient is guaranteed.

Combined with the drag being minimized, it results in the Civic Type R having an overall aerodynamic performance that is ahead of the class. The aerodynamic package of this new model is unique in a manner that it creates the needed downforce-generating elements necessary for the model to experience overall negative lift. This is not only considered unique for its class but also rare for the auto industry.

The negative lift on the two axles is assured by focusing not only on the airflow that goes around the model but also the airflow through the Civic Type R. It even takes into account the airflow that pushes the vehicle on the road. Mixed with this negative lift is the minimum drag. This is significant especially at the car’s front section. The aerodynamic package also ensures stability at high speed, important given that it can now reach a maximum speed of 270 km/h.

To make all of these possible, Honda had the Civic Type R undergo what can be described as a thorough aerodynamic analysis, as well as development and testing. The development team that worked on this fourth generation model diligently worked in order to meet the goals set. This was done by using computer-based CFD modeling.

The new model was subjected as well to wind tunnel testing at the brand’s dedicated motorsports facility located Sakura, Japan. This is the same facility that houses the engine program of Honda’s Formula One. Validating the result of the development work was the extensive prototype testing conducted on the track and on the road. The track testing includse locations at Honda’s Takasu test facility, Nürburgring Nordschleife, and the Suzuka Formula One circuit.

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