2015 Honda Civic Type-R prototype showcased ahead of Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian A., on November 19, 2013

Honda revealed that the Civic Type R Concept will serve as the basis of how the exterior of the much awaited production version will be designed. The aggressive and strong style mirrors the excellent performance credentials, a trait long associated with the Type R. If you ask the design team though, they would say that the Type R is not a high performance variant of a road car but rather a racing car one can drive on the road. Given that this new model could well be the most extreme Type R ever, it marks a new period for Honda.

With the aerodynamic and sleek profile, it reveals that this latest offering from Honda was designed for both performance and function. The good news is that it not only remains to have that road car appearance but it also displays the unique character of the Type R. There is no question that the design of the exterior showcases the model’s credentials, considering that the production version of the Type R has a style that is linked strongly to performance. Instead of just showing aesthetics, a number of styling features in fact come with real function. This has since been confirmed when the brand tested a prototype at Germany’s celebrated Nürburgring Nordschleife. For the design team, the main concerns were to attain optimum airflow, allow for cooling, get that down-force, and lower the drag. The spoiler in the front was meant to give the Type R that additional down-force.

Meanwhile the combination of the front bumper’s cut out shape and the vertical side wings ensures that the drag is lowered while at the same time manage the amount of air that goes around the tires in the front. The addition of a red stripe placed along the front spoiler highlights further the wide and low stance of this model. Looking at the headlight, it displays a new design and by integrating the LED daytime running lights and horizontal sharp fog lights, give the Type R Concept’s face that strong character. The upper and the lower regions of the front are now larger with air outlets placed on the bonnet allow for the high output engine to be cooled. Another change is noticeable on the fenders on both the front and the rear that have been widened.

This was because the goal was to be able to have room for the wide tires. Integrated to the fenders are air outlets which help optimize the air flow. According to Honda, the new spoiler placed in the rear of this Concept model is one of the features that clearly stand out. It features tail lights that make use of LED and incorporated with the rear wing to highlight the futuristic appearance.

Meanwhile the double rear wing’s angle and shape were designed to give this vehicle that extra down-force. This change was mainly due to the feedback that was obtained during testing done on the track. In order to support the direction of the design, Honda put in the 20-inch wheels that have a red ring on the edges. The red brake calipers are visible with a bright stripe in red running on the lower edge of the front spoiler.

There are also other features that help with the aggressive look that more than showcases the driving experience expected from the Type R. Honda disclosed that both the modelling and styling of the Concept had been conducted in Europe through a team based at the brand’s very Research & Development Center located in Swindon, U.K. In order to get the styling direction followed on the Concept model, the design team made sure to keep in close contact with their counterparts in the production team. Official debut of the Type R is expected in 2015.

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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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