Honda announced today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show that the Civic Type R's 2.0-liter VTEC Turbo engine – the motor that makes Type R the fastest front-wheel-drive production automobile in the world and the most powerful Honda ever sold in America – is now available as a crate engine for purchase through Honda Performance Development's (HPD) Honda Racing Line program.
The Honda SEMA exhibit will feature a host of specialty and production-based Honda-powered racing machines, on two and four wheels, including the Global Rallycross (GRC) Civic; Team Honda Research West (THR-W) Endurance Civic Type R; new Honda-powered F3 Americas race car; Pirelli World Challenge (PWC) Civic Si; 50th Anniversary Baja Ridgeline; Honda's Powersports product line-up; Honda Factory Performance™ (HFP™) Accessories and the new Honda Genuine Accessories Civic Type R Red Carbon Kit.
Civic Type R Crate Motor
For years, Honda racing enthusiasts in the U.S. watched with envy, as Europe- and Asia-based amateur racers were able to load their cars with Civic Type R crate engines. The wait is over. The 306-horsepower (SAE net) K20C1 engine that powers the new Civic Type R will now be available to U.S. grassroots and professional racers for verified, closed-course racing applications through the HPD Honda Racing Line program.
As the most powerful Honda automobile production engine made in America, the Civic Type R's 2.0-liter DOHC direct-injected i-VTEC Turbo® powerplant produces 306 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and a peak 295 lb-ft of torque from 2,500 to 4,500 rpm. The engine and the Civic Type R are a direct manifestation of Honda's racing spirit, experience and heritage. More so, the sale of the Civic Type R crate engine builds upon Honda's long-term commitment to the support of grassroots racing.
The Honda Racing Line program, which has offered racing performance parts to Honda racers for many years, will sell the K20C1 turbocharged crate engine to racing enthusiasts in the U.S. for $6,519.87, excluding shipping cost. For more information on how to apply, please visit: hpd.honda.com/racing-line.
F3 Americas Series
Debuting just two weeks ago at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas is the new F3 race car, which is powered by a 240-270-horsepower (pending SCCA sporting regulations) HPD version of the new Civic Type R turbocharged K20C1 motor (a non-turbocharged version is used in the F4 U.S. Championship), and features an all-new, state-of-the-art, U.S.-designed-and-built Ligier Crawford chassis.
With the phenomenal growth of the Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda, F4 series competitors looked forward to Honda support of the next level of open-wheel competition that would provide affordability, modern technology, and the ability to obtain FIA Super License points. The F3 Americas series aligns with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable, and powerful racing structure, as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success.
For more information go to F3Americas.com.
The F3 Americas car will be on display in Honda booth #24887 for fans to see the Honda Civic Type R motor up close through November 3.