2014 Paris Motor Show Preview: Honda debuts 2nd version of 2015 Civic Type R Concept

Article by Christian A., on September 29, 2014

Honda intended the new Civic Type R Concept to show the styling direction for the exterior of the final production version that will be launched in 2015. It features a bold and aggressive styling that conveys its potent performance as a Type R.

Honda’s design team called the new Civic Type R Concept, not as a performance version of the Civic, but as a “racing car for the road.” It marks the start of a new era for Honda, as the latest model is designed to become the most extreme Civic Type R so far. Featuring a sleek yet aerodynamic profile, the Type R Concept is clearly designed to deliver a marriage between function and performance, exposing the looks of a road car but with the unique character of a Type R.

The exterior styling of the new Honda Civic Type R Concept is heavily influenced by the need to perform; thus several of its styling elements aren’t just decorations or adornment, but they also deliver real functionality. The design team primarily considered the need to: cut aerodynamic drag, generate more downforce, achieve optimum airflow as well as deliver cooling essentials. All of these were confirmed through prototype testing at the world-renowned Nurburgring Nordschleife in Germany.

For instance, the vertical side wings and the front bumper’s cut-out shape help reduce drag as well as manage airflow around the front tires. The new Honda Civic Type R Concept also sports a front spoiler that could generate more downforce, while a red stripe running along this feature helps accentuate the concept’s low and wide stance.

Meanwhile, the new Honda Civic Type R Concept comes with a strong distinctive face, as made possible by a new headlight design with integrated LED daytime running lights and horizontal fog lights. To provide more cooling air for the powerful engine, the concept features larger upper and lower front grilles as well as larger air outlets on the bonnet. To accommodate wide tires, designers also widened the car’s front and rear fenders, which feature integrated air outlets for a more optimized airflow.

In addition, the new Honda Civic Type R Concept dons a new rear spoiler with LED tail lights integrated into the rear wing. Thanks to feedback from testing on the track, the double rear wing has been shaped and angled in a way that it would generate extra downforce,

The new Honda Civic Type R Concept rides on 20-inch wheels that are edged by a red ring and offers a window into the red brake calipers. This feature, along with a bright red stripe running along the bottom of the front spoiler, give the Civic Type R Concept a more aggressive appearance that conveys its potential.

Honda’s design team based at its R&D center in Swindon, United Kingdom took charge in styling and modeling the new Civic Type R Concept. The Europe-based design team for the Civic Type R Concept closely collaborated with their production counterpart to achieve the styling direction of the new model.

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Honda Civic Type R Concept

Honda Civic Type R Concept provides styling direction for the exterior design of the hotly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Its bold and aggressive styling reflects the strong performance credentials for which Type R is renowned.

Described by the design team as a 'racing car for the road' rather than a high performance version of a road car, the new Type R looks set to signal a new era for the marque- this model is set to be the most extreme Civic Type R yet. Its sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for function and performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.

Styling is heavily linked to performance, with the Type R Concept showing its credentials in the exterior design. Many of the styling features offer real function, rather than just aesthetics, as confirmed by feedback from prototype testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The need to reduce drag, add down-force, provide cooling and achieve optimum airflow, were key considerations for the design team.

The front spoiler is designed to add down-force, the vertical side wings and the cut out shape of the front bumper help to reduce drag and control airflow around the front tyres. A red stripe running along the front spoiler further accentuates the Type R's low and wide stance.

Furthermore, the new headlight design with integrated LED daytime running lights and the sharp horizontal fog lights, add a strong character to the face of the Type R Concept. The upper and lower front grilles have been enlarged and air outlets on the bonnet provide cooling for the high output engine. The front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate wide tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow.

One of the most stand-out advances on the Concept model is the new rear spoiler featuring LED tail lights integrated into the rear wing which accentuates the Type R's futuristic look.

The shape and angle of the double rear wing has been designed to provide additional down-force, as a direct result of feedback gained through testing on the track.

Supporting the design direction are 20-inch wheels, edged by a red ring, with visible red brake callipers and a bright red stripe running along the bottom of the front spoiler. Such features add to the aggressive appearance which reflects the inspiring driving experience that the Type R promises to deliver.

Styling and modelling of the Concept has been carried out in Europe, with the team based at Honda's R&D centre in Swindon, UK. The design team maintained close contact with production colleagues, as they worked towards achieving the styling direction of the Concept model.

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