Honda Teases Civic Type R Limited Edition Lapping Suzuka. But Why?
We saw the Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition for the first time in February, with Honda promising the most track-ready version of its famous hot sedan to date. A few days later, COVID-19 hit the world and we haven’t heard much about the Limited since. Today Honda has released an enigmatic conundrum that brings us to all kinds of possible conclusions.
The fifteen-second video shows the Type R Limited preparing to perform a fast lap around a track. Stop the nine-second clip and you’ll notice the sign for Suzuka Circuit – the Formula 1 track that Honda itself built decades ago. In the last few seconds, we see a stopwatch entering the frame, obviously indicating that the company was timing the car. And then boom, fades to black.
From this teaser, we can only speculate, but with a certain degree of certainty. During our interview when the car was unveiled, the chief engineer mentioned that Honda was not looking at the track record… but if it was, it would be the car to do it in (hmmm). We also know that during a pandemic, you can’t move a team of engineers from around the world to other tracks – like the Nurburgring, for example – so it makes sense that Honda chose to run the car on the track the most famous of his country of origin. from Japan. Does the title “#TypeRChallenge” of the video indicate that this is the first of many attempts to record for the Limited? May be.
As a reminder, the Civic Type R Limited is a light model in a limited edition which is essentially designed to recover the front-wheel drive records of the Renault Megane R.S. Trophy-R (even if Honda will not admit it). The 600 units will be 46 pounds lighter than the standard Type R and will swap Continental rubber in favor of much more sticky Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The shocks are adjusted more aggressively and Honda has recalibrated the steering for better driver feedback.
From what we know, the Limited should be an absolute monster on just about any track, and today’s teaser was, hopefully, the first official proclamation of that. Honda has not yet specified a price for the Type R Limited to American specifications, so we can assume that the following lap record announcements are designed to rekindle the passion of enthusiasts. Barring further pandemic delays, Honda should soon be sharing a lot more on its new track star.