Honda Civic Type R race car revealed ahead of 2018 BTCC season

2017 Honda Civic FK8 Type R gets racing makeover

Halfords Yuasa Racing has recently given the Honda Civic Type R a racing makeover as it takes the track of the 2018 British Touring Car Championship.

Based on the latest FK8 Type R, this new competitor was revealed yesterday (February 27) at Parcmotor Castelloli, outside of Barcelona, Spain, where the race car will be subjected to a week-long test, set to be shaken down, and to thoroughly evaluate it as the Halfords Yuasa Racing begins the pre-season program ahead of the Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship.

The team also announced that the Civic Type R will be piloted by triple BTCC champion Matt Neal, and new signing Dan Cammish before heading home to Brands Hatch and Donington Park for further track-time and development.

“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. With the new car and a new driver pairing, we’re sure the season ahead will be one to remember,” said David Hodgetts, managing director of Honda UK.

It has been a herculean effort from the Team Dynamics squad to build the pair of Civic Type Rs over the winter, with the team looking forward to unveiling the 2018 livery at their brand-new factory on 22 March.

“It’s been a massive effort by the team over the off-season to transition to the new Honda Civic Type R and to see all of those hours labor bear fruit is just a fantastic feeling. The car provides an excellent platform to work with and we’re sure it’ll prove a potent package when it hits the track in anger at Brands Hatch. We’ve got a busy testing schedule in the lead up to that point, and we will be sure to hit the ground running when the season starts, in the best shape possible,” said James Rodgers, team manager of Halfords Yuasa Racing.

The championship’s official Season Launch event will then take place at Donington Park on March 27, while the opening rounds of the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship will commence at Brands Hatch on April 7-8.