Honda will be hosting a special Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps WTCC weekend event for 200 lucky Civic Type R owners from across Europe as part of the Honda family. The Civic Type R owners who have registered for this event will get the chance to drive their own cars on an exclusive (1) parade lap around the world famous Spa Circuit on the Saturday afternoon. Additionally, they will meet all four Civic WTCC drivers: FIA WTCC Champion, Gabriele Tarquini and Tiago Monteiro from the Castrol Honda Racing Team, as well as the Hungarian and Moroccan stars, Norbert Michelisz and Mehdi Bennani respectively. More information of this event can be found at www.typerspa.eu .
To celebrate this event, Honda will be exhibiting the new Honda Civic Type R Concept at the Spa Circuit, from 20th to the 22nd June 2014. The Type R Concept model points to the exterior styling direction of the highly-anticipated new Type R production model that will debut in Europe during 2015.
Described by the design team as a \\\’racing car for the road\\\’ rather than a high performance version of a road car, the new Type R looks set to signal a new era for the marque – expected to be the most extreme Civic Type R yet. The sleek and aerodynamic profile reflects a car designed for performance whilst maintaining the look of a road car and the distinctive character of Type R.
The styling of the car is heavily linked to performance, with the Type R Concept clearly showing its credentials in the exterior design. Many of the styling features offer real performance benefits, in addition to aesthetics, as confirmed by feedback from prototype testing at the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife in Germany. The shape and angle of the stand-out rear spoiler, for example, has been designed to provide additional downforce, as a direct response to information gained through track testing. Additionally, the upper and lower front grilles have been enlarged and air outlets on the bonnet provide cooling for the high-output engine. The front and rear fenders have been widened to accommodate 20-inch tyres and air outlets are integrated to optimise airflow. When combined, these features deliver maximum cooling, greater grip and ultimately, optimum performance.
Honda will be lining up the concept model with the current WTCC Honda Civic racing cars to show how the cars have influenced the design of the new Civic Type R Concept.