Halfords Yuasa Racing has unveiled the Honda Civic Type R will be in the field in this year’s British Touring Car Championship.
On show at the Autosport International show in Birmingham, the 2017 racer is the basis of the last year, as a platform, but has a small number of updates. It also sports a striking new livery, passing last year, orange and black model around.
“This is an evolutionary take on last year’s car but we expect it to improve in all areas, a” champion BTCC champion Gordon Shedden told Autocar. “The goal is to do it again – to win the championship.”
As 2016 model, the new Type R racer is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engine. It is based on road Type R unit, but it was powered by Neil Brown Engineering.
The group, called the K20C, producing around 370bhp, although Honda will refrain from quoting an exact output. The car is front-wheel drive, and weighs 1280kg, as to the BTCC regulations.
2017 marks the eighth consecutive year, Gordon Shedden and Matt Neal raced alongside each other with the Honda BTCC dress.
“The development is very restrictive in the BTCC, on the chassis and engine side, but we are pushing strong in all departments, and making good progress,” said Neal. “One of the biggest question marks heading into the new season will be over which is better adapted to the new Dunlop tire and, in this regard, I believe that the inter-team rivalry with ‘Flash’ [Shedden] will be fascinating.”
This year’s championship kicks off on 1-2 April at Brands Hatch.
2015 BTCC Honda Civic Type R driven