Perusing Honda’s website to check current models, I came across a Honda Civic Type R TC. Of course, we’re all familiar with the current Civic Type R and its pocket rocket glory, enough to keep us going until the 2023 model debuts. However, what is the model of the Civic Type R TC, and is it publicly available?
Honda Civic Type RTC is for racing teams only
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Unfortunately, the Honda Civic Type R TC is not available for public purchase. In fact, you’re not supposed to be on public roads. According to Honda, “The Type R TC is designed to be a turnkey solution for professional racers, and for skilled Type R enthusiasts who want to transition from track time in a stock Type R to a fully built race car.”
The Japanese automaker goes on to say that the race-ready Civic Type R is available to Honda Racing Line members with race licenses through Honda Performance Development (HPD) at a fair price of $89,900. This is actually quite the bargain considering that most regular Civic Type R examples are currently selling for around $50,000 in stock. But this contains a lot.
What does the Civic Type R TC contain?
The Civic Type R TC is loaded with suspension, brakes and chassis modifications that make it ready to run SRO Touring Car America’s TC Class and SCCA’s T2 Class, hence the “TC” designation. According to MotorTrend, TC stands for “Touring Car,” which is convenient given the car’s extensive list of modifications. This list includes in particular the following:
- HPD Tuned Electronic Control Unit
- Ipatch Race Springs
- HPD / Borla rear turbo exhaust and downpipe
- front camber and HPD wheels
- HPD / Bilstein adjustable dampers
- HPD APR adjustable rear spoiler
- Brembo 4 piston tweezers
- OMP . racing seat
- OMP . window networks
- HPD brake cooling inlet channels
- Forgestar F14 . alloy wheels
- High flow front grille
- J’s Racing front vent cap
- OMP . Racing Harness
- Hassport polyurethane engine mounts
- OMP . Racing Steering Wheel
As far as power goes, the Civic Type R TC’s engine remains fully stock except for the aftermarket tune. This tuning means that its power output can range from 270 to 330 hp depending on the class the vehicle is in. There’s also a reinforced limited-slip differential, plenty of weight savings, and race patches for maximum cornering stability.
The modified Civic Type R offers good value
All things considered, the Civic Type R TC provides great value for what it contains. If you’re the type to race a weekend in one of the above series, this ready-to-go race car is a better solution than buying a stock R-type and retrofitted. It’s also much safer, too, considering that everything is held together by HPD, so you know the quality is there.
Just don’t expect it to come with a Honda warranty, because it’s a race car after all. But if you ever put your foot on the ground in one of these cars, we’re sure the last thing to worry about is a smelly guarantee.
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