Ever since the pioneering tin-tops of the 1984 “German Production Car Championship” – the inaugural season of the original DTM, we have been fascinated by the spectacle of such burgeoning wide-bodied production cars and bludgeoning side-by-side, ultra close racing. It goes without saying that the widespread appeal of the FIA-sanctioned Touring Car championships now a permanent fixture covering most of the major motor racing focal points around d the world, germinated from those heydays of the DTM – those unforgettable E30 M3s battling the 190E EVO II, the Opels, and even the fancily dressed Alfa 155.
The exact same recipe albeit marginally evolved to go with the times have been applied successfully in the TCR Championship – The title TCR follows the current FIA naming convention; as per the classification of the cars that competes in touring car racing. In essence the TCR Series came about to achieve a number of predetermined objectives, among others: to create a proper TCR Technical Regulations guideline, to ensure the TCR Technical Regulations are adopted by all its major series to further reinforce the Touring Car category, perpetual regulation of the stability, production and running costs of TCR development, recreate a strong customer business for competing Car Manufacturers and finally (also most importantly) to create an affordable new International Series for competitors i.e. teams and drivers.
It follows that the TCR Concept was then derived from the above objectives – 3 key points outlining the following: competing cars must not exceed €70, 000 including engine, 2 liter forced inducted production based engine, and affordable running costs. With a minimum weight of 1285 kg (with racing transmission including driver), and some 330 bhp and 410 Nm regulated outputs from the production turbo engine, the cars are fast, racing is wheel-to-wheel exciting (due to regulated costs) and with state-of-the-art aerodynamics being one of the most critical aspect of modern racing, the wide-bodied & be-winged TCR cars are simply spectacular to behold.
And this superlative JAS Motorsport-prepped Civic based on the 9th Generation FN2 Euro-Spec 5 door Hatchback, is a prime TCR example – a TCR specification that thrilled the participants of the recently organized Motul Driving Experience held in Sepang – a week to the day whence an identically-specced Civic TCR bagged the SIC 2016 Asia TCR rounds (one of the F1 support races). Apart from the above prerequisites (capped outputs etc) this spectacular front wheel-driven Civic TCR also comes loaded with wet sump lubrication, paddle-shift Sadev 6-speed sequential transmission, mechanical LSD, multi-disc sintermetallic clutch, INOX 304 3 inch exhaust, Composite duct cooling for engine water radiator and intercooler.
That drool-worthy aeroworks is entirely composite, while its driveline is heavy duty Tripod-CV joint, the McPherson struts front and torsion beam rear suspension comes stoked with Ohlins dampers, ARB 3 position adjustable front & rear anti-roll bars, as well as mega stopping power courtesy of 380mm vented steel discs mated with 6-pot calipers up front, further aided with smaller 261mm solid steel discs & 2-pot calipers at the back, both partially hidden behind 18 inch O.Z Racing wheels.
As had been emblematic of the more renowned automobile modifiers that have just as much back story pertaining to motorsports, the wind-slicing aerodynamics that also takes on the ride’s looks i.e. its visual drama, conforms to certain high albeit undefined standards of craftsmanship and aesthetical values. In short the fastest and winningest race cars just tend to look sublime.
The double Sepang wins with the Civic TCR name to them aren’t exactly a coincidence.
Car: Honda Civic TCR
Engine: 2.0 liter Turbocharged 4-cylinder in line, transversally installed (as per TCR rules)
Max Power & Torque Outputs: Approx 330 hp, 400 Nm torque
Cooling: Composite duct for engine water radiato & intercooler
Gearbox: Sadev 6-speed, sequential with paddle shift
Clutch: Multi-disc sintermetallic
Driveline: Tripod-CV joint heavy duty
Exhaust: 3” INOX 304
Body kit: Composite widebody Honda Civic TYPE R Hatchback, 5 doors.
HANDLING / CHASSIS
Front Suspension: McPherson strut, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, adjustable anti-roll bar
Rear Suspension: Torsion beam, coil springs, gas-filled dampers, adjustable anti-roll bar
Antiroll Bars: Adjustable ARB FR and RR 3 position
Front Damper: Ohlins TTX 2 ways McPherson
Rear Damper: Ohlins S46 2 ways eye-eye
Steering: Electrical power assisted rack and pinion
Front Brakes: 6-piston calipers, 380 mm steel ventilated discs
Rear Brakes: 2-piston calipers, 261 mm steel discs
Wheels: 18×10 O.Z. Racing
Weight: 1260 kg including the driver
Safety Cage: MSA certified Welded cage
Internal Equipment: OMP composite HTE seat, AIM Steering wheel w/ integrated dash & paddles