The new BTCC-spec 2018 Honda Civic Type R looks incredible

Published: 27 February 2018

 Based on current (FK8) Civic
 Season starts early April 2018
 Matt Neal, Dan Cammish driving

The Honda Civic Type R isn’t the most conservative-looking car we’ve ever seen. It’s probably best described as a heady mix of sharp angles, aero-helping fiddly bits and exhausts. However, it looks positively tame compared alongside its new BTCC-specced race sibling.

You’re looking at the new 2018 Honda Civic Type R (FK8) that’ll be raced in this year’s BTCC championship. With Gordon Shedden off to the WTCC, the new car will be driven by triple-winning BTCC champion Matt Neal and new signing Dan Cammish.

‘The Honda Civic Type R has been one of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship’s most successful cars during its time in the series, and with the launch of the FK8 road car in 2017, it’s fantastic to see the next generation in full racing trim out on track for 2018,’ said David Hodgetts, managing director, Honda UK.

‘With the new car and a new driver pairing, we’re sure the season ahead will be one to remember.’

And on this first acquaintance, we’d certainly say the new 2018 Civic Type R racer looks memorable…

These pictures come from the first shakedown of the car at Parcmotor Castelloli, just outside Barcelona, Spain, but we’ll see the final car – complete with Halford livery, on 22 March 2018.

As for the BTCC season itself? The season launch event will take place on 27 March, with the first rounds taking place at Brands Hatch on 7-8 April 2018.

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By Curtis Moldrich

CAR's online editor and racing-sim enthusiast