It was inspired by Rally Raid and Overland vehicles.
After unveiling a one-off Civic Type R pickup last year, Honda has unveiled two new concepts based on the hot hatchback during the 2019 SMMT Test Day held at Millbrook Proving Ground in Bedfordshire, UK.
First up is a track-focused Civic Type R concept from Team Dynamics Motorsport, the company behind Honda’s British Touring Car team, which features a comprehensive selection of modifications that "heighten all aspects of the car. Changes applied to the ECU, induction system, intercooler, sports cat, and exhaust have resulted in a 25 percent improvement in performance, increasing the Civic Type R’s output from 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque to 400 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque, while top speed has increased to 175 mph.
To handle this extra power, Team Dynamics has also added Goodridge stainless performance brakes, Eibach Pro performance springs, adjustable anti-roll bars and rear camber arms, and lightweight 19-inch wheels wrapped in Dunlop track day tires. Best of all is the fact this car is technically still road legal despite all the race-inspired modifications.
The second concept is even more outlandish. Developed by Ralph Hosier Engineering, the Civic Type OveRland is essentially an off-road rally version of the Civic Type R. It’s still a work in progress so no technical specifications have been revealed yet, but Honda estimates the car will be ready in a month.
Compared to the standard car, the Civic Type R off-roader has been raised by four inches, is finished in iconic Championship White and has been fitted with chunky off-road tires wrapped around rally-derived, lightweight wheels.
Honda says the Type OveRland was inspired by Rally Raid, Overland, and Safari models from the world of rally and adventure holidaying. We can’t wait to see the finished project in action. Perhaps this will make up for the Civic Type R’s recent defeat at the Nurburgring by the Renault Megane RS Trophy-R.