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4th March 2014 Latest

New Type R Concept Unveiled

‘A racing car for the road’- Honda unveils the new Civic Type R Concept at Geneva Motor Show

Today sees the worldwide reveal of the Honda Civic Type R Concept modelwhich points to the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production new Type R that will debut in Europe during 2015.

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 – with the most extreme Civic Type R yet. The sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.

The styling of the car is heavily linked to performance, with the Type R Concept clearly showing its credentials in the exterior design. Many of the styling features offer real performance benefits, in addition to aesthetics, as confirmed by feedback from prototype testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The shape and angle of the stand-out rear spoiler, for example, has been designed to provide additional downforce, as a direct response to information gained through track testing. Additionally, 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 20-inch tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow. When combined, these features deliver maximum cooling, greater grip and ultimately, optimum performance.

While further detail on performance is yet to be announced, Honda has confirmed that the forthcoming new Type R will be the first model in Europe to feature one of its brand new VTEC TURBO engines from the Earth Dreams Technology range. The two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo is expected to deliver class-leading output of at least 280PS and will be EURO 6 compliant. While turbo engines have not been seen in Honda’s production cars in Europe for some time, Honda has continued to actively develop turbo technology on the race track and in other regions. Honda’s successful return to WTCC in 2013, has been instrumental in gathering knowledge that has helped shape the new Type R, providing the development team with analysis and feedback on performance and styling collected from the track.

To view the Civic Type R Concept teaser film before the live unveil at the Motor Show, head to the Honda UK YouTube Channel or keep up with all the news by following #TypeR.

Honda is also using the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to showcase the powertrain layout of the next generation NSX, set to launch in 2015. Alongside this, Honda’s next generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Concept, makes its European debut at the show, with the company confirming for the first time that the production version will be on sale in Europe from early 2016.

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Unveiling Video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQyiXqVlA8A

Interview with designer – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C4pXK9dosQ

 

 

 

 

 

4th March 2014 Latest

New Type R Unveiled

‘A racing car for the road’- Honda unveils the new Civic Type R Concept at Geneva Motor Show

Today sees the worldwide reveal of the Honda Civic Type R Concept modelwhich points to the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production new Type R that will debut in Europe during 2015.

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 – with the most extreme Civic Type R yet. The sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.

The styling of the car is heavily linked to performance, with the Type R Concept clearly showing its credentials in the exterior design. Many of the styling features offer real performance benefits, in addition to aesthetics, as confirmed by feedback from prototype testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The shape and angle of the stand-out rear spoiler, for example, has been designed to provide additional downforce, as a direct response to information gained through track testing. Additionally, 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 20-inch tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow. When combined, these features deliver maximum cooling, greater grip and ultimately, optimum performance.

While further detail on performance is yet to be announced, Honda has confirmed that the forthcoming new Type R will be the first model in Europe to feature one of its brand new VTEC TURBO engines from the Earth Dreams Technology range. The two-litre, direct injection, four-cylinder turbo is expected to deliver class-leading output of at least 280PS and will be EURO 6 compliant. While turbo engines have not been seen in Honda’s production cars in Europe for some time, Honda has continued to actively develop turbo technology on the race track and in other regions. Honda’s successful return to WTCC in 2013, has been instrumental in gathering knowledge that has helped shape the new Type R, providing the development team with analysis and feedback on performance and styling collected from the track.

To view the Civic Type R Concept teaser film before the live unveil at the Motor Show, head to the Honda UK YouTube Channel or keep up with all the news by following #TypeR.

Honda is also using the 2014 Geneva Motor Show to showcase the powertrain layout of the next generation NSX, set to launch in 2015. Alongside this, Honda’s next generation Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Concept, makes its European debut at the show, with the company confirming for the first time that the production version will be on sale in Europe from early 2016.

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12th February 2014 Uncategorized

Civic Type R – First official concept picture

Honda has revealed its 2014 Geneva Motor Show line-up, including the worldwide debut of the Civic Type R Concept model,

the European debut of the Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle (FCEV) Concept, the powertrain layout of the new NSX and the 2014

Civic World Touring Car Championship race car.

Racing Car for the Road – Civic Type R Concept

Honda’s appearance at the 2014 Geneva Motorshow will lead with the worldwide reveal of the Civic Type R Concept model,

providing the styling direction for the exterior design of the highly-anticipated production version that debuts in 2015. Dubbed

by the design team as a ‘racing car for the road’, its bold and expressive styling reflects the strong performance characteristics

for which Type R is renowned.

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Sourcehttp://newsroom.honda.co.uk/News/Honda-Civic-Type-R-Concept-set-for-Worldwide-Debut-at-the-2014-Geneva-Motor-Show-e2a.aspx

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19th December 2013 Uncategorized

Honda/Yuasa BTCC 2014 car

Honda Yuasa Racing will be back in the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship (BTCC) with the same championship-winning team and driver line-up,

but this time with an eye-catching all new Honda.

Next March will see the track debut of the new Civic Tourer race car – the only estate car on the BTCC grid – with Honda Yuasa Racing drivers Matt Neal and

Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden in the hunt for yet more titles. The team have their sights set firmly on a clean sweep of titles after the Honda Civics secured both the

teams’ and manufacturers’ crowns for the fourth year in a row with Matt and Flash narrowly missing out on the drivers’ crown in the 2013 season.

Gordon Shedden said: “2013 was an incredibly competitive season in the BTCC with the championship battle going right down to the wire! Of course it was

disappointing not to retain the drivers title but we’re looking forward to what I’m sure will be a strong year for the team in 2014 – and more excitingly, with a new

car. It might be a Tourer, but it’s still a Civic, the car that has won every championship in BTCC for the last three seasons. I’m really looking forward to the challenge

of next season, and to seeing what the Tourer can do on race day.”

Matt Neal added: “We’re all confident that the car can continue the long-standing success of the Civic in the championship and very much looking forward to

putting it through its paces. Although we’re racing a new model, the inherent advantages of the Civic hatchback from the past two years remain so there’s no

reason why this car can’t be a winner straight out of the box! We’ll be testing the car early in the new year and I can’t wait to see it on track.”

Peter Crolla, Team Manager commented: “Racing with the Civic Tourer means no compromise over the Civic hatchback. The weight, wheelbase, layout and

suspension remain the same, but naturally, the length of the car is extended due to the larger tailgate. After two competitive seasons in the BTCC with the

hatchback, it will be an interesting challenge to ensure the Tourer keeps Matt, Flash and the team at the head of the championships throughout next season.

We’ve worked hard over the past few months to develop the first car which will be completed as we head towards the new year, with the first run

scheduled for early January.”

Phil Crossman, Managing Director, Honda (UK) concluded: “We wanted to add a new challenge to the mix and really show what Honda and the team can do.

By racing the new Tourer after several years with the Civic hatchback we can really showcase our growing range and demonstrate that the versatility and

practicality of a Tourer doesn’t compromise dynamic performance. We are only four months away from the start of the 2014 season and I can’t wait to

see the cars out on the track. They’re going to look great and there’s no doubt in my mind that they will win races.”

Testing of the new model commences in January ahead of its race debut at Brands Hatch for the first round of the 2014 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car

Championship on 29/30 March.

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19th December 2013 Latest

2015 Civic Type R

And so it begins!

The first shots of the 2015 Civic Type R

Ahead of the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show, Honda has showcased the latest Civic Type R development car at its in-house test track in Tochigi, Japan. The currently camouflaged car is being put through its paces as part of an extensive testing process taking place in Europe and Japan, ahead of its much anticipated launch in 2015.

The Civic Type R will be the first model in Europe to have one of Honda’s all-new VTEC TURBO engines from Honda’s Earth Dreams Technology range. This 2 litre, direct injection, 4-cylinder turbo engine is expected to have class-leading output in excess of 280PS and will be EURO 6 compliant.

Speaking during recent testing at the Nurburgring, Germany, Honda’s WTCC driver Gabriele Tarquini, gave his first driving impressions ‘The car and the characteristics of the car were fantastic. I was really impressed by the power and the torque of the engine but also by the set-up they achieved…The car is very pointed on the front and very fast to change direction’. ‘This car is very close to my racing car and you can feel very well the DNA of Type R.’

To hear Gabriele Tarquini’s comments in full, please go to the following link – http://www.myjourneys.com/typer

Figures currently available.

0-62mph 5.8sec (estimated);
Top speed 160mph (estimated);
Economy n/a; CO2 n/a;
Kerbweight 1330kg approx;
Engine layout 4 cyls, 1995cc approx;
Installation transverse, front, front-wheel drive;
Power 300bhp at 6500rpm (approx);
Torque 295 lb ft from 2000-5500rpm

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16th May 2013 Honda articles

Honda Return to F1

http://newsroom.honda.co.uk/News/Honda-to-Participate-in-the-FIA-Formula-One-World-Championship-d1a.aspx

 

Honda to Participate in the FIA Formula One World Championship

16 May 2013

TOKYO, Japan, May 16, 2013 – Honda Motor Co., Ltd. today announced its decision to participate in the FIA1 Formula One (F1) World Championship from the 2015 season under a joint project with McLaren, the UK-based F1 corporation.

Honda will be in charge of the development, manufacture and supply of the power unit, including the engine and energy recovery system, while McLaren will be in charge of the development and manufacture of the chassis, as well as the management of the new team, McLaren Honda.

From 2014, new F1 regulations require the introduction of a 1.6 litre direct injection turbocharged V6 engine with energy recovery systems. The opportunity to further develop these powertrain technologies through the challenge of racing is central to Honda’s decision to participate in F1. Throughout its history, Honda has passionately pursued improvements in the efficiency of the internal combustion engine and in more recent years, the development of pioneering energy management technologies such as hybrid systems. Participation in Formula 1 under these new regulations will encourage even further technological progress in both these areas. Furthermore, a new generation of Honda engineers can experience the challenges and the thrills of operating at the pinnacle of motorsport.

Commenting on this exciting development, Takanobu Ito, President and CEO of Honda Motor Co., Ltd. said:
“Ever since its establishment, Honda has been a company which grows by taking on challenges in racing. Honda has a long history of advancing our technologies and nurturing our people by participating in the world’s most prestigious automobile racing series. The new F1 regulations with their significant environmental focus will inspire even greater development of our own advanced technologies and this is central to our participation in F1. We have the greatest respect for the FIA’s1 decision to introduce these new regulations that are both highly challenging but also attractive to manufacturers that pursue environmental technologies and to Formula One Group2, which has developed F1 into a high value, top car racing category supported by enthusiastic fans. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to Mr. Jean Todt, the President of FIA1 and to Mr. Bernie Ecclestone, the CEO of Formula One Group2 who showed great understanding and cooperation to help realise our participation in F1 racing. The corporate slogan of Honda is “The Power of Dreams”. This slogan represents our strong desire to pursue and realise our dreams together with our customers and fans. Together with McLaren, one of the most distinguished F1 constructors, Honda will mark a new beginning in our challenges in F1.”

 

24th September 2012 Latest

New Type R Announced

http://newsroom.honda.co.uk/News/Honda-CEO-Ito-Announces-New-Civic-Type-R-New-Compact-SUV-and-New-Super-Sports-Motorcycle-c47.aspx

“New Civic Type R for Europe

Thrilling, sporty products are part of Honda’s DNA. In addition to the introduction of a new NSX, Honda can confirm the development of an all-new Civic Type R for Europe.
 
The Type R brand has a passionate following from Honda customers and the new model will again aim to set new standards in performance and handling.
 
Developed specifically for the European market and with the application of technologies developed through Honda’s participation in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC), the all-new Type R will aim to become the fastest front-wheel-drive vehicle on the Nurburgring race course. This new model is scheduled for
introduction in 2015.”
 
 
 
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29th June 2012 Latest

Mugen Concept 2012

Press Release.

MUGEN  unveiled their new concept model, MUGEN CIVIC Concept, which is based on the Honda CIVIC range launched in Europe in January of this year, at the Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Goodwood festival is held from June 29th to July 1st in England, and the MUGEN CIVIC Concept will be displayed on the Honda booth throughout the event.

This concept model is fitted with prototype body components comprising of front sports grille, front under spoiler, side spoiler, rear under spoiler, and a rear wing; all are designed to improve the aerodynamic efficiency of the car. Production parts based on these prototypes are scheduled to be launched in Europe in December 2012.

The MUGEN CIVIC concept car is also equipped with 18” MUGEN GP forged alloy wheels and sports suspension for improved driving stability. The MUGEN active gate brake system provides increased braking ability.

The overall balance of acceleration, deceleration and cornering have all been improved to provide the characteristic sharp, controlled ride and handling for which MUGEN is renowned.

The interior features the latest addition to the MUGEN product range with the MS-R full bucket seat. The MS-R seat is specifically designed to hold the driver and passenger securely in position under all driving conditions; and with its full-carbon shell clad in unique MUGEN fabric offering a performance-enhancing weight reduction, the MS-R provides a comfortable secure driving environment and a sportier image.

Release Ends. 

21st February 2012 Latest

HONDA RACING TEAM PUT THE NEW CIVIC BTCC RACE CAR INTO ACTION

The Honda Racing Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship team are putting the new Civic Next Generation Touring Car (NGTC) through its paces at its first public test outing at Brands Hatch today (21 February 2012).

Both Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden and triple-BTCC champion Matt Neal will be pushing the car to the limit to make it is as competitive as possible ahead of the season debut on 1 April 2012.

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The testing at Brands Hatch follows a successful preliminary test at the MIRA test track last week where the car underwent extensive system checks to ensure it is fully functional. Matt Neal and the Honda Racing team spent Friday acclimatising to the car and making sure it’s safe and ready for track testing.

Matt Neal commented; “This is the first opportunity we have had to get behind the wheel to really see what the car has got. The team are really pleased with the results from the test at MIRA last week and I can’t wait to finally start putting the car through its paces.

“It will be interesting to see how the car performs, but I’m optimistic that we’ll walk away from today confident we have a championship winning car.”

Gordon ‘Flash’ Shedden added; “The feedback on the new Civic NGTC car so far is incredibly promising and I’ve been itching to get into the car since the end of the 2011 season. Like Matt mentioned, this is the first time we have had to really push the car and I’m looking forward to putting it into action.”

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Team Manager, Peter Crolla, concluded; “The team have all been working incredibly hard since the start of the NGTC programme back in August so everybody’s very excited to see the new car on track for the first time.  It’ll be interesting from the point of view of both drivers and engineers to see how the car behaves on a track where we were very competitive with the S2000 Civic and we can really start to understand and develop the new car. 

“The main aim for the day will be to establish a baseline set-up for the car which we can then tune for the various circuits we visit during the season.  Initial feedback from the MIRA shakedown was positive so we’re hoping to continue that today and cover some valuable mileage with both Matt and Gordon behind the wheel”.
 
The next testing session takes place at Donington Park circuit on Thursday 23 February.

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