Honda reveals rally and 400bhp Civic Type Rs

Published: 24 May 2019

► Developed by Team Dynamics Motorsport and Ralph Hosier Engineering
► Unfortunately, a one-off project only
► Upgraded performance parts

At last year’s SMMT test day, Honda revealed the Type R pick-up – and this year it’s gone one better with not one but two one-off Type Rs. One track-orientated was developed by Team Dynamics Motorsport and the other, optimised for everything else, was developed by Ralph Hosier Engineering. We’ll get it out the way now; there are no plans to put either car into production. Sorry.

Honda UK provided both companies with pre-production versions of the Swindon-built hot hatch to create their ultimate Civic Type R vision. What is surprising is the fact that both versions use the same gearbox and safety features from the standard Civic Type R. Not only that, but the base 2.0-litre VTECH TURBO is the same but with slight modifications.

‘These two wildly different interpretations of the Civic Type R showcase the standard car’s attributes, but also reflect the advanced, sporty and playful nature of the entire Civic range’ said Ralph Hosier, owner of the eponymous engineering business.

We ran the Honda Civic Type R as long-termer last year. Here's how we found it

First, the Civic Type R by Team Dynamics Motorsport

The new track-orientated Type R is road-legal and was developed by the team responsible for Honda’s British Touring Car Championship cars.

So, what's actually different?

The car comes with many tailored modifications that push up power to 400bhp and 369lb ft of torque – a significant increase from the standard Type R which produces 316bhp and 296lb ft of torque. That's all thanks to a new induction system from ITG, an ECU from Superchips, an exhaust from Scorpion, and a sports cat from Dream.

‘We’re familiar with the race-winning FK8, however we wanted to showcase what can be extracted from the car with just a few light modifications. The standard car, which we call a race car for the road, is so competent that it really doesn’t take much to take it to the next level” says James Rodgers, team manager at Team Dynamics.

But the changes don’t stop under the bonnet; there are a bunch of other modifications to help handle the 25% increase in performance. The list of upgrades includes pro-performance springs from Eibach, stainless performance braided brake hoses from Goodridge, and adjustable anti-roll bars and rear camber arms. The car now runs on Dunlop DZ03G track tyres wrapped around Team Dynamics’ 19” Pro-Race lightweight wheels.

Civic Type OveRland by Ralph Hosier Engineering

The OveRland draws huge inspiration from models from the world of rally. It is equipped with tyres that should cut through muck, and it’s raised over four inches for better ground clearance.

A number of bespoke modifications have been added: a trailing arm mounting and modified transverse links at the rear. And the 255/55/18 tyres are sourced from BF Goodrich, and wrapped around lightweight rally-inspired wheels.

The full details of the build have not yet been announced as the car is not yet finished. We’ll update this article when we know more – and especially if we get to drive them....