The redesigned 2023 Honda Civic Type R aims to produce a racing variant that, just like its predecessors, complies with TCR regulations.
Honda this week unveiled the first photos of the new racer being developed by Honda Performance Development in partnership with Italy’s JAS Motorsports in time for the 2023 motorsport season.
The car has already been confirmed to compete in the 2023 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. The likes of HART, LA Honda World and the Victor Gonzalez Racing Team will be the first to promote it.
Other teams interested in using the new Civic Type R TCR can place an order from February 1, 2023. Pricing details will be announced closer to that date.
2023 Honda Civic Type R at Sonoma Raceway
The TCR regulations were introduced in 2015 to give aspiring drivers a cheap entry into the world of motorsport. It keeps costs down by requiring the race cars to be closely related to the production models they are based on.
The new Civic Type R TCR was developed based on lessons learned from its predecessors, which have won multiple titles since 2015. Most improvements were in the areas of aerodynamics (for additional downforce), chassis (for improved cornering stability) and braking ability. A more ergonomic cockpit has also been created in accordance with the latest FIA global safety standards.
No mechanical specs have been announced aside from the race car sporting a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4 related to the road car’s engine.
JAS Motorsports will continue to test the new Civic Type R TCR before deliveries begin. Although it has yet to be confirmed, a version for endurance racing could also be developed.