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.