CHAMPIONSHIP WHITE CIVIC TYPE R In response to huge customer demand, Honda has created a high spec’ Type R GT in Championship White - a version of the FN2 Civic Type R in Honda’s traditional racing colours. Fans of the ‘Red H’ have been eager to get their hands on a Type R in White since the latest body shape was introduced in 2007 and now their calls have been answered. This car will be available to order from the end of the year with all models built at Honda’s manufacturing plant in Swindon. As well as the distinctive Championship White paint finish that evokes memories of Honda’s first F1 car in 1963, this Type R gets 18” white alloy wheels, a contrasting smoke chrome finish on the badges, door handles, fuel filler cap and lower front grille and exclusive Type R plaque. It also gets a limited slip differential, helping the car to lay down its spine-tingling 200PS. Around our test track in Tsukaba, Japan, the ‘white hot’ Type R shaves 1.44 seconds off the standard car’s time. On sale in January 2009 this Championship White Civic Type R GT will be priced at £20,140 OTR and £21,540 including Sat Nav. THE HISTORY OF THE TYPE R February 1992: Honda engineers, with the invaluable advice of Ayrton Senna, set about developing the race performance of the NSX. The NSX-R is thus born. Major changes include a more aggressive suspension and an extensive weight reduction (removing audio, electric windows, and air conditioning) to 1230kg from the normal NSX weight of 1350kg. In addition, race spec titanium con rods are placed into the original VTEC engine, allowing it to withstand the stresses of racing. It is finished in Championship White paint and the Red H emblem of the RA 272, the first Honda Formula 1 car to win a Grand Prix. Production is limited to 1,995 units. September 1995: Honda announces the launch of the DC2 Integra Type-R. The Integra Type-R is powered by the B18C 1.8litre DOHC VTEC engine, specifically developed for the Integra Type-R, with 200bhp at 8,000rpm. Fumiyasu Suga, the assistant chief engineer for Type R, declares that in order to make a true race engine, some parts must be built and finished by hand; in particular, the assembly of the engine, balancing parts, porting and polishing. Honda engineers buff the cylinders by hand to remove any slight imperfections, resulting in an increase in performance of 10bhp. Standard equipment includes a helical LSD, sports suspension, a front lip spoiler, a rear spoiler, alloy wheels, a leather-wrapped Momo steering wheel, Recaro seats, and a titanium gearshift knob. August 1997: The EK9 Civic Type-R is launched in Japan. It is powered by an exclusively-developed 1.6-litre DOHC VTEC B16B engine that makes 185bhp at 8,200rpm. The lightweight B16B engine features a new valve system allowing higher engine speeds, reduced engine friction, improved breathing, and increased compression ratio. Main improvements to handling include increased body rigidity, reduced weight, sports suspension, torque-sensitive helical LSD, sports-tuned ABS, and Bridgestone Potenza RE010 tyres. January 1998: The Accord Type-R goes on sale in the UK, with a tweaked H22A 2.2litre VTEC engine on board. In addition, the Accord Type-R boasts a limited-slip-diff, 17inch alloy wheels, Recaro seats and a stiffer chassis. July 2001: An updated version of the Integra Type-R (DC5) is launched for sale in Japan and USA. The special colour of Championship White celebrates Honda’s first victory in F1. The DC5 Integra Type-R is powered by the K20A 2.0-litre DOHC i-VTEC engine with 220bhp and a new 6-speed manual gearbox. The suspension adopts clever front suspension and reactive-link double wishbone rear suspension. The Integra Type-R is also equipped with Recaro front seats, a leather wrapped Momo steering wheel, aluminium pedals, aluminium shift knob, exclusive aero parts and Brembo front brakes. October 2001: A Type-R version of the seventh generation Civic is announced. It is built at Honda in the UK Manufacturing in Swindon, Wiltshire. The CTR – as it becomes known by enthusiasts – is powered by a 2.0litre i-VTEC engine that produces 197bhp at 7,400rpm. The Civic Type-R goes on to sell over 35,000 units and pick up numerous awards. February 2006: The Civic Type R Concept, based on a three-door version of the 2006 Civic is unveiled at Geneva Motor Show. September 2006: Honda unveils the production version of the 2007 Civic Type R at the Paris Motor Show. The latest Civic to wear the Red H badge is more refined, easier to use everyday and features a reworked version of the 2.0-litre i-VTEC engine. Power is marginally increased to 201PS, but suspension is tuned to give crisp handling and sharper steering response. October 2008: Championship White Type R GT debuts at Paris Motor Show, answering the cries of ‘Red H’ fans across the UK.
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