The Advertiser - Motoring - - COVER STORY HONDA CIVIC TYPE R -

Yuji Mat­sumochi, the man re­spon­si­ble for the fastest and most pow­er­ful Civic Type R, has a hum­ble Jazz as his daily drive in Ja­pan. But that’s for prac­ti­cal rea­sons. He’s a car guy through and through. The turbo’s lead en­gi­neer, he can grab the keys to a devel­op­ment ve­hi­cle any time. Mat­sumochi-san’s first set of wheels be­fore join­ing Honda was a Toy­ota MR2 sports car. A 17-year vet­eran of Honda, he also worked on the first gen­er­a­tion NSX su­per­car and the S2000 con­vert­ible’s valve tech­nol­ogy. Ev­ery vent, bulge, fin and wing (ex­cept the fake mesh in the rear bumper) serves an aero­dy­namic pur­pose, says Honda. The bon­net vent pushes hot air out of the en­gine bay, un­der the car and out the side fen­der vents. Other vents and wings re­duce tur­bu­lence near the front and rear wheels. The mas­sive rear wing is crit­i­cal for sta­bil­ity above 200km/h. Honda says the Type R is the only front­drive hot hatch with “gen­uine down­force”. The mid­dle of three tailpipes is de­signed to re­duce ex­haust drone at free­way speeds.

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