New Civic Type R TCR race car to be introduced in 2023
Honda has given its blessing for the latest version of the Honda Civic Type R to be built as a TCR model for introduction in 2023
The new Honda Civic Type R TCR, which is based on the FL5 production model first released earlier this year, has been developed by Honda’s long-standing motorsport partner, JAS Motorsport.
Key features of the new Civic Type R TCR include an all-new exterior design and aerodynamic package, a new chassis, upgraded braking and transmission systems as well as a race-refined version of the four-cylinder, two-litre turbocharged engine featured in the production version of the car.
An 'endurance' version will also be available for customers planning to contest long-distance events.
Development of the car underlines both Honda’s long-standing commitment to customer racing and the strength of the relationship between itself and JAS Motorsport.
Honda Racing driver Nestor Girolami, who finished runner-up in the 2022 WTCR - FIA World Touring Car Cup, gave the car its maiden run at the Circuit Tazio Nuvolari in Italy on 5 December.
The Civic Type R TCR is now undergoing a thorough, track-based test and development programme ahead of delivery of the first examples to customers, which JAS Motorsport is due to commence in April 2023.
Since the launch of the TCR concept in 2015, 398 race victories and 74 major titles have been claimed by the Civic Type R TCR and the teams campaigning it. The 2022 calendar year was the most successful yet for the car, with 77 race wins and 19 championship crowns in Europe, Asia, South America and Oceania.
The previous version of the car is a two-time winner of the TCR Model of the Year, scooping the award for the most successful model among all those eligible for TCR competition in both 2019 and 2020.