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12th November 2015 Latest, News

Ricky Wilson gets exclusive tour of McLaren Technology Centre from Jenson Button

Ricky Wilson, lead singer of the Kaiser Chiefs and Honda Civic Type R ambassador, spent today (Thursday 15th October) being given an exclusive guided tour of the McLaren Technology Centre by McLaren-Honda driver Jenson Button, as well as taking on the McLaren F1 simulator.

In front of a huge crowd of fans on the Honda stand at the Goodwood Festival of Speed back in June, Jenson invited The Voice coach and Radio X DJ to the state-of-the-art facility in Woking to see the production side of McLaren for both F1 and road cars but due to the pairs busy schedules the tour has only just been able to take place.

As well as taking in the state-of-the-art Formula One facility, the immaculate McLaren Road Car production line and the on-site wind tunnel, Ricky was put to the test in the F1 simulator. This is where Jenson prepares for each grand prix, learning the tracks and refining the car’s set-up for the weekend ahead. For Ricky, it was a baptism of fire – he was given a crash helmet and a pair of driving gloves before immediately being strapped into the cockpit for some super-fast laps of the Circuit Of The Americas, the venue for next week’s US Grand Prix.

“I am so glad Jenson had gone by the time I got into the simulator as I don’t think the boys at McLaren had ever seen anyone roll it before now,” said Ricky Wilson. “When it comes to toys; they don’t come any bigger or better than that and I feel extremely lucky to be one of the very few people to have experienced it. I thought my Civic Type R was quick but that is a whole new level.

“Becoming an ambassador for the Civic Type R has been fantastic and I’m doing some amazing things and going to some amazing places, like the MTC. From earning my race licence up at Knockhill with the 2015 BTCC champion Gordon Shedden to taking on the Goodwood hillclimb this summer at the Festival of Speed to now experiencing the wonder of the McLaren Technology Centre; every day I am loving it more and more!”

“It’s his turn to invite me to something now,” said Jenson Button. “He owes me VIP backstage passes to the next big gig he does and I am not taking no for an answer!”

“Signing Ricky to the Honda family was a fantastic decision,” said Phil Crossman, Managing Director of Honda UK, “Not only is he a rock star but he’s now a fully qualified racing driver with a race car for the road in the new Civic Type R. Jenson taking him around the McLaren Technology Centre can only serve to further fuel his passion for all things automotive.

“Plus I sincerely hope that Ricky will also provide me with me a couple of VIP backstage passes to his next gig!”

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

Ricky Wilson and Jenson Button at the MTC

12th November 2015 Latest, News

Honda NSX supercar shortlisted for What Car? Reader Award 2016

Honda NSX supercar shortlisted for What Car? Reader Award 2016

  • Next generation NSX supercar among the most eagerly anticipated new cars of 2016
  • Honda HR-V took the 2015 What Car? Reader Award crown
  • Voting open now until Friday 27 November. Cast your votes for the NSX here:
NSX shortlisted for 2016 What Car? Reader Award

NSX shortlisted for 2016 What Car? Reader Award

Hot on the heels of the Honda HR-V taking the 2015 What Car? Reader Award crown, the NSX supercar is in the running to continue Honda’s success for a second year in a row. Compiled by What Car? experts and voted for by readers, the shortlist for the 2016 Reader Award features the most eagerly anticipated new models coming to the UK market in the next twelve months.

Arriving in the UK next year, the NSX has been specially created to bring a “new sports experience” to the supercar sector. Resulting from a three-year intensive engineering programme by a global design and engineering team at Honda’s development centre in Raymond, Ohio, the NSX features classic low and wide proportions, an aggressive front design, and rear lights that pay homage to the original NSX.

At the heart of the NSX’s performance is an all-new mid-mounted, 75-degree, DOHC V6 engine with twin turbochargers mated to a specially-developed nine-speed DCT which delivers 565bhp and a 0-62mph estimated at under three seconds.

The Reader Award is part of the 39th annual What Car? Car of the Year Awards, in association with Warranty Direct and is a valuable indication of sentiment towards cars being brought to market in the next year.

Jim Holder, What Car? Editorial Director commented: “With so many exciting new models going on sale over the course of the next 12 months, British motorists have never had so many outstanding options available at every price.

“The Reader Award holds a special prominence for all the manufacturers because it is voted for purely by the paying public. Winning this award is a huge accolade, because it signals to a manufacturer that it has an upcoming sales success on its hands.”

Philip Crossman, Managing Director at Honda (UK) commented: “It’s great to see that I’m not alone in looking forward to the launch of the NSX and I have my fingers crossed that it will help us retain the Reader Award title. We were all very proud when the HR-V won the crown back in January and to be able to see the title go to the NSX would be brilliant. I will be encouraging everyone I speak to and see to cast their vote.”

Voting is open now and closes on Friday 27 November, with the Reader Award winner announced at the What Car? awards ceremony on Wednesday 13th January 2016. To view the shortlist and to vote please visit:

For further information on the new NSX please visit:

27th May 2015 Events, Latest

Evo Magazine Honda Day

Recently we were approached by EVO magazine and asked if we could organise a get together to provide images of past models to accompany the full write up of the new 2015 Civic Type R upon their test drive.

We opened this up across all platforms and were overwhelmed by the response we had from users who owned cars from all eras.

Honda UK did us proud with providing refreshments and food, Many thanks for those who organised! Whilst journalists from EVO perused the attended masses cars for shots for the magazine piece.

These included not only a new Type R for users to peruse, most for the first time, but other Honda UK Hertiage cars including their S2000, FN2 Mugen Civic Type R “20” and a rare Ayrton Senna driven NSX.

EVO Magazines online piece is here –

Further pictures from teh day can be found here –


23rd March 2015 Latest

Nurburgring Type R Release


Nürburgring plays host to exclusive event for Civic Type R fans

          Honda fans invited to Nürburgring to celebrate release of all-new Civic Type R

          First time an FIA World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) race will be held at famed circuit

          Opportunity to get hands on with the all new Civic Type R, visit pit lane, meet the drivers, and a chance to take their own car on the circuit.

To celebrate the launch of the all-new Honda Civic Type R at this year’s Geneva Motor Show, Civic Type R fans and owners are invited to attend an unmissable race weekend at Germany’s famous Nürburgring – a circuit at which the new Type R recently set the lap record for a front-wheel drive hot hatch.

Honda is offering Type R owners and fans the opportunity to attend the historic ADAC Zurich 24-hour sports car race from 15-17 May, which will feature for the first time ever a round of the FIA WTCC, as part of a jam packed weekend of around-the-clock racing,

Held on the punishing 25 kilometre long combined Nordschleife and Grand Prix circuit, fans will cheer on Team Castrol Honda drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro as they vie for victory on one of racing’s most hallowed stretches of racetrack.

This one-of-a-kind event will allow Type R fans the opportunity to purchase a three-day package for €175 per person, which includes a VIP entrance ticket to the race with paddock access, camping accommodation in a souvenir tent, all food and drink throughout the weekend, a hands-on encounter with the new Civic Type R, a tour of the garage, and chance to meet the drivers at a special Q&A session. A lucky few will also be able to follow in their heroes racing line by taking their Civic on a lap around the circuit before the 24 hour race gets under way.

For more information, or to purchase a three-day package, log onto Registration is now open.

The all-new Civic Type R, dubbed the ‘race car for the road’, was unveiled earlier this month at the Geneva Motor Show in front of a crowd that included McLaren-Honda F1 driver Jenson Button, and WTCC driver Tarquini. To relive the evening, visit

To relive the Civic Type R’s class leading lap record around the Nürburgring, click here.

If you have any questions, please contact PR Manager Simon Branney at or +44 (0) 1344 888644.

For more information about the ADAC Zurich 24 Hour race, visit

For more information about the WTCC and their presence at the Nürburgring, visit

20th March 2015 Events, Latest

Nurburgring Type R Event

As you may recall, last year CTRO worked with Honda Europe and the Honda Racing WTCC team to bring you the Spa WTCC trip.

Well this year we have something even bigger planned.

Yet again CTRO invites you to the WTCC Honda Type R experience. 200 tickets available for the event of the year.

An Exclusive Nürburgring Experience For Type R Fans.

The WTCC round scheduled for the extraordinary Nürburgring on 15-17 May is an incredible opportunity for Honda Type R owners and fans to immerse themselves in the circuit’s rich motorsport heritage.

It’s the first time that WTCC has raced at the famed 25km Nürburgring layout which combines the daunting Nordschleife and the demanding F1 GP circuit, and Honda Type R fans can be right at the heart of it.

Visit the Fanzone in the paddock, stroll down pit lane, meet Castrol Honda WTCC drivers Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro,

See the all-new Type R in the flesh and even get a chance take your own Type R on a lap of the circuit – it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Honda is offering this exclusive Type R Nürburgring experience as a three-day package including:

– VIP pass with paddock access
– Camping accommodation in a souvenir tent
– All food and drink throughout the weekend
– A hands-on encounter with the all new Civic Type R
– A tour of the Castrol Honda garage
– Meet the drivers at a special Q&A and signing session
– A chance to take your own Type R on a lap of the circuit

This incredible opportunity is available for just €175 per person.

You’ll have to hurry though, because registration closes on 17th April 2015 and places are strictly limited. Just click on the red ‘Register for Event’ button to register your details.

Registration closes on 17th April 2015


15th March 2015 Events, Latest

New Type R Unveiled

Well it’s here!

CTRO were invited by Honda Europe to see the unveil of the new Civic Type R first hand as well as its unveiling at this year’s Geneva Motorshow.

The unveil event was held within and industrial building on the outskirts of Geneva with representatives from all over the world including head of development for type r through to a certain Mr Button!

The lack of light at the unveil evening meant most of the best pictures had to be saved for the Geneva unveil the following day, but a great time was had catching up with everyone, including those selected by Honda Europe to attend as part of the #HondaRedline campaign, a joint venture with CTRO & with Honda Europe, Embrance Media and VisualVoice.

The Geneva show unveil included the Vice President of Honda Motor Company as well as senior represenatives of Honda Europe teams.

A mixed reaction to the styling have been forthcoming since from our users, however there’s no denying the icing on the cake was the gasp from the assembled press when the Nurburgring time was revealed at the end of the presentation 7min 50secs – Claiming the fastest front wheel drive round the ring by some margin over its rivals! We await May/June time when the official “Production” version of the car is taken over to Germany to further cement the time and noted by Honda insiders as possibly being quicker with final engine maps……Watch this space!!!

Confirmed stats are:

  • Characterful, high-revving all-new 2.0 litre VTEC TURBO engine offers greater power, torque and response than any previous Honda production car engine – Peak power output is 310 PS* at 6,500 rpm, and peak torque is 400 Nm* at 2,500 rpm
  • Function dictates form – eye-catching styling enhancements optimise airflow to aid performance and stability
  • Advanced new suspension systems, unique to the Type R, ensure rewarding handling characteristics and maximise power transfer
  • New +R mode increases the response of chassis and engine for enhanced driving thrills
  • 0-to-100 km/h (62 mph) sprint is covered in just 5.7 seconds* – making it the fastest accelerating performance front-wheel drive hatchback – and top speed, where permitted, is a class-leading 270 km/h (167 mph)
  • Red-lining at 7,000 rpm, the engine – part of Honda’s next-generation Earth Dreams Technology series – features an advanced new turbocharger with VTEC technology that boosts low-end torque and delivers sustained acceleration.

Full press release here:

Right now some press pics

More photos on the forum thread here of the trip with videos also! :



11th February 2015 Latest

New Type R…More details released!

Designed to Perform: Superior Aerodynamics for all-new Honda Civic Type R

  • 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine and aerodynamic performance deliver class-best top speed of 270km/h (167mph)*
  • Unique vents, grilles, spoilers and skirts contribute to enhanced downforce and minimised drag
  • All-new Honda Civic Type R in Championship White will make global debut at 2015 Geneva Motor Show

The all-new Honda Civic Type R – which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – will feature a host of eye-catching design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel. The result is a car with exceptional high speed stability and high levels of downforce.

The superior aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Civic Type R’s 2.0 litre direct injection VTEC TURBO engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270km/h (167mph)*, unrivalled amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.

A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimise downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road.  A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce, thanks notably to the structure of its airfoil section.

A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.

To help the driver manage the Type R’s prodigious power, the car is equipped with a high performance Brembo brake package for the front wheels, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. New 19-inch alloy wheels, unique to the Type R, complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.

Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide greater cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.

The Civic Type R will be unveiled at Geneva Motor Show in Championship White – a colour shared with successive generations of iconic Type R vehicles.

Honda can be found at stand 4250 in Hall 4 at the 85th Geneva Motor Show (3 – 15 March).

28th January 2015 Latest

Car unveil date released! #HondaRedline

Welcome to the launch of ‪#‎HondaRedline‬, CTRO’s very own collaboration with Honda Europe and some of the very best social media agencies in Europe. A lot of time and effort has gone into building this site to be used in conjunction with the launch of the new CTR very soon.

Get signed up to and be part of it!

Date for your diaries – 2nd March 2015 !

23rd January 2015 Latest

And the time comes….

The time has come…………….

After collabortaion with Honda directly the Site team have exciting news coming in the coming weeks, and this it the first snippet…..

Stay tuned for more updates!!

15th January 2015 Latest

New NSX revealed!

New NSX has been released at Detroit motorshow this week.

All numbers seem to point to a car which will take on the established likes of Audi R8, Ferrari 458, Porsche 911, the new baby mclaren and others!

All Info here :

For more pictures :

New NSX chat here on the forum :


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