High per­former de­signed to stick to the road

Honda has re­vealed more de­tails of the fi­nal pro­duc­tion ver­sion of its new Civic Type-R

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - MO­TOR NEWS RE­PORTER

THE all-new Honda Civic Type R, which will make its world pre­miere in fi­nal pro­duc­tion guise at the 2015 Geneva Mo­tor Show next month, will fea­ture a host of eye-catch­ing de­sign en­hance­ments that have been heav­ily in­flu­enced by ex­ten­sive aerody- namic devel­op­ment and testing, both on com­puter and in the wind tun­nel. The com­pany says that the re­sult is a car with ex­cep­tional high speed sta­bil­ity and high lev­els of down­force.

The aero­dy­namic per­for­mance helps make the most of the new hot hatch’s 2l di­rect in­jec­tion V-Tec tur­bocharged en­gine, en­abling the car to achieve a claimed top speed of 270km/h, un­ri­valled amongst its front wheel-drive com­peti­tors, ac­cord­ing to Honda.

A new, al­most com­pletely flat un­der­side aids air­flow un­der the ve­hi­cle and com­bines with a rear dif­fuser to op­ti­mise down­force, ef­fec­tively suck­ing the car onto the road. A be­spoke rear wing gives the car en­hanced vis­ual pres­ence and de­liv­ers pow­er­ful ad­di­tional down­force.

A wide front split­ter and deep side skirts also man­age air­flow and re­duce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specif­i­cally to in­hibit air tur­bu­lence around the front wheels, cut­ting drag and en­hanc­ing high-speed sta­bil­ity.

To help the driver man­age the Type R’s prodi­gious power, the car is equipped with a high per­for­mance Brembo brake pack­age for the front wheels, de­vel­oped specif­i­cally for the car. New 19-inch al­loy wheels, unique to the Type R, com­ple­ment the vis­ual changes.

Heat man­age­ment was an­other ma­jor fo­cus for the de­sign team, in­flu­enc­ing sev­eral prom­i­nent ex­ter­nal de­sign mod­i­fi­ca­tions. En­larged up­per and lower grilles in the front bumper, vents above the wheels on the front quar­ter pan­els and vents at the trail­ing edges of the front wheel arches com­bine to pro­vide greater cool­ing and ven­ti­la­tion for the en­gine.

The car will go on sale in SA in the third quar­ter of 2015.

The aero­dy­nam­ics have been de­signed to pro­vide the new Honda Civic Type-R with max­i­mum down­force.

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