Honda Built Two New Civic Type R Concepts, One With Over 400HP, And This Rally Beast

Honda UK has revealed a pair of modified Civic Type Rs at the annual SMMT Test Day, showcasing two different takes on the popular hot hatch; one is a road-legal example with a wide range of goodies added to it, along with an extra 94hp, and the other draws inspiration from Rally Raid cars, featuring a lift of over 4 inches.

Created by the same people behind Honda’s BTCC works team, the Team Dynamics Motorsport version of the Type R makes use of a comprehensive selection of “off-the-shelf” components in combination with bespoke modifications.

Changes to the turbocharged 2.0-liter engine include a remap, a new induction system and intercooler and a freer-flowing Scorpion exhaust among other. Power figures are now 400hp (405PS) and 368lb-ft (500Nm) of torque.

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“We’re familiar with the race-winning FK8, however we wanted to showcase what can be extracted from the car with just a few light modifications,” said James Rodgers, team manager at Team Dynamics. “The standard car, which we call a race car for the road, is so competent that it really doesn’t take much to take it to the next level.”

The chassis has also been upgraded with goodies such as Eibach Pro performance springs, adjustable anti-roll bars and rear camber arms, stainless braided brake hoses and new 19-inch alloys wrapped in sticky Dunlops.

Honda Civic Type R OveRland

The second modified Honda Civic Type R is the OveRland, created by Ralph Hosier Engineering. This unique project is not actually finished just yet -it’s expected to be completed in a month from now.

The car features a four-inch lift and is fitted with big, 255/55 BF Goodrich tires wrapped around rally-derived wheels. The inspiration clearly comes from the world of rally racing, with the OveRland retaining the normal production car’s Dual-Axis strut arrangement at the front and getting a bespoke trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links at the rear.

“These two wildly different interpretations of the Civic Type R showcase the standard car’s attributes, but also reflect the advanced, sporty and playful nature of the entire Civic range,” said Ralph Hosier, owner of the eponymous engineering business. “We have also had a fantastic opportunity to demonstrate what can be done with a road car.”

As you would expect, there are no plans of putting these two projects in production but both Team Dynamics and Ralph Hosier Engineering are open to create one-off cars for interested customers.

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  • Mr. EP9

    Still horrendously ugly and it doesn’t look good as a rally car. Also, Renault already destroyed its lap record and it looked way better doing it. This thing is yesterday’s news.

    • Matteo Tommasi

      The Megane that got the lap record was on semi-slick tyres and didn’t have rear seats. That Megane also has a lot of carbon fiber parts.
      It would have been worrying if it didn’t take the record.

      • Mr. EP9

        And? That’s the Trophy-R variant. I’m pretty certain all that is standard minus the tires.

        • Matt

          The tyres on the Trophy-R will be an option too, so technically it is a ‘standard’ specification the customer can buy. There is still some suspicion that the Type-R that set the record wasn’t exactly ‘stock’ as it was a pre-production car with some features removed (apparently to offset the weight of the roll cage fitted). Auto Motor and Sport found they couldn’t replicate the time in a production car. Either way both are great cars, but the exotic materials on the Trophy-R make it more lust-worthy.

        • Matteo Tommasi

          Oh, i forgot plexiglass windows.

      • Octane

        And the Honda Civic Type R was a pre-production car with a roll cage s well as other go fast bits.

  • RDS Alphard

    It looks way better with 19-inch wheels + meatier tires!
    I do want to see a lighter CTR instead of more powerful one.

    Although that said, I wonder how much the Megane would cost? Consider it had so many CF bits, even CF wheels.

  • Emoto

    So, does this one have any real scoops?

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Hmmm. I’m sure if you ask nicely they’ll put a ice cream one in it.

  • tt tt

    So a front wheel drive Rally concept car huh?

    Very funny.

  • Benjamin B.

    Not going to lie, I like the rallye concept

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  • Krisnadi Imam

    The rally car needs a mesh grille to protects the intercoolers from stones n rocks, also it desperately needs those electric hub motor for the rear wheels to make it AWD. It can looks good IMHO. pretty rads actually.

  • SteersUright

    Awesome. Would like to see it perform.

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