Plus, subtle hints about upcoming Spoon upgrades to the FL5-generation Civic Type R were dropped.
The latest Honda Civic Type R is such a performer, it broke the Suzuka lap record of its predecessor even before its official debut. It also recently regained its crown as the front-wheel-drive king of the Nurburgring, but that doesn't mean that the hot hatch can't improve its performance chops further.
For that, Spoon Sports sets out to improve the Civic Type R FL5 in every possible way - a feat the Japanese tuning firm has been doing for the performance model for a while. And while Spoon Sports has been offering various upgrades for the new Civic Type R since its introduction, this time it's different as the company tapped the help of Drift King (DK) himself, Japanese race car driver Keiichi Tsuchiya.
In a video uploaded on Drift King Television's YouTube channel, Tsuchiya and Spoon Sports' Daisuke Jomoto talked about the modifications applied to the red-badged Honda Civic Hatchback. These included the use of a helical differential, an adjustable rear wing, and coilovers on all four corners.
To test the upgrades and get the proper settings that would improve the FL5-generation Civic Type R's track performance, Tsuchiya - who called muscle cars dangerous before - pushed the hot hatch to its limits during the track runs, focusing on grip and handling. After every run, adjustments were made to the car's suspension and rear wing, producing varying results. Finally, after several tries, the Spoon mechanics and DK came up with the best setting for optimum track performance.
Apart from the test runs, Daisuke also talked about the tuning company's plans to come up with an ECU for the Civic Type R's engine that can allow quicker and easier turbo boost pressure adjustments. We can take that as a hint to one of the many upcoming products that Spoon Sports has in the pipeline for the latest generation of Honda's prized sports car.
The lengthy 42-minute video is definitely not for the average guy, but it's quite a treat for the fans of Spoon Sports, DK, and Civic Type R fans.
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