• Feb 24, 2007
As 2006 drew to a close, a few details and pictures about JAS Motorsport's race-prepped Civic Type-R hit the web. Little was known at the time about what modifications had been made to the Euro hatch to ready it for an assault on the world's race tracks, but our fortunate friends over at Winding Road were able to get some seat time while the CTR underwent testing on the Autodromo do Estoril circuit in Portugal.

Unfortunately, we'll have to wait for a full rundown of Matt Davis' time in the hot seat, but until then, we'll direct you to the video, posted after the jump, to see what well a sorted FWD racer is capable of.

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      #7 doglet, what an appropriate name.

      You think you're being clever but you're not. You're just trolling and those of us with multi-digit IQ's see right through you. The article in question is about a high hp/L FWD pocket rocket that happens to be a blast to drive. That's the subject matter at hand. If you don't like it, go away.

      454, you're just a clown. Yes, FWD cars race. It's a different class. You know, how your nascar boys run their cars and trucks on the track at different times? Novel concept I know.
      • 7 Years Ago
      It's called a Nissan R390 naggs. A true 90's supercar, amazing looks, very low-volume, 550hp from a race-spec twin-turbo V8 and only 1100kg (less than Z06 and almost any supercar you could think of). But seeing as how you obviously know nothing about any car from outside of America, you probably don't know such a car existed am I right? Oh and if the R390 is a little obscure for you, the R34 GT-R Z-tune is pretty much dead even with the Z06, with most drivers the GT-R is faster due to the erratic cornering of the Z06. And before you go saying something about tuna and rice, the Z-tune was a production car with around 530hp stock (they say 500hp to match with the old JGTC car). I don't think any owner would be stupid enough to modify one since it's already worth over double the initial price from only 18 months ago.

      If it was true that "people who actually know what they are talking about agree" with this "no replacement" crap then why do so many cars with developments costing tens to hundreds of millions of dollars sold with turbochargers and superchargers? If you're going to be so much of a fanboy about American cars, why is the Ford GT supercharged (like the Corvette SS or whatever will be) and Saleen S7 turbocharged? Surely if simply having more displacement was far superior then that's what they'd do in a no-compromise performance car?
      • 7 Years Ago
      who cares its a honda. cheap piece of junk
      • 7 Years Ago
      454, you are an idiot. This Civic is neither cheap nor a junk. Simpletons like you who wank over cubes make the rest of the enthusiast community look bad. Wake up, it's not the 60s anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      "The article in question is about a high hp/L FWD pocket rocket that happens to be a blast to drive"

      actually that is a racecar, it is not charastic in any way of a civic type r. you really need to wake up, 5 years from now every major car company will be selling rwd coupes and hatches and those cars will finally expose "fwd performance" for the fraud it is. the wrong wheel drive hot hatch market will dry up as people move to the superior driver's cars.

      and i cant believe that there are still people in this world who cite hp/L as a perfromance statistic. it is completly meaningless. how about hp/rpm? or torque/L? any one of a million completly arbitrary ratios is more discriptive of an engine's performance.

      the honda s2000 had MAD hp/L fo REALZ. then honda stroked the motor and dropped the redline. the hp/liter dropped while the hp remained the same. was the car faster? was it better to drive around town? did it get better milage? was it more reliable? was the new lower hp/L engine better in every meaningful way?

      find the answers to these questions and you will learn the truth.

      oh and by the way, the civic T-R has moved to an inferior rear suspension. im sure you hate all over the mustang with its sold rear but at least the car sends the power to the correct wheels. that and its hp/rpm is amazing!



      • 7 Years Ago
      This car is awesome. I don't want to hear people saying things like, "it doesn't have enough power". I dont care. You don't need 1 billion hp to have fun.
      • 7 Years Ago
      ginmqi, you are an idiot. this civic is neither affordable nor fast. simpletons like you who wank over hp/liter make the rest of the enthusiast community look bad. wake up, its not the 90s anymore.
      • 7 Years Ago
      According to J.A.S. Motorsport's site, the car is developed "developed for the forthcoming FIA Gr.R regulations,"

      So it not for Group A. I guess.

      • 7 Years Ago
      It's because this is the European-only Type-R, a proper hardcore Japanese Civic Type-R (sedan not hatch) will come out later this year shimman, but only in Japan and Australia since I don't think that version of the Civic is different from the US and Euro versions. There are pictures of it around somewhere, was called Type-RR Concept or something I think, had around 220-240hp.
      • 7 Years Ago
      454 Must drive a VW
      • 7 Years Ago
      "You think you're being clever but you're not."

      I thought it was clever. Gave me a laugh, but then again so did #3. Trolling or not, sometimes stupid ricers need to be put in their place.

      There is NO replacement for displacement, those who say otherwise just don't really know what their talking about.
      • 7 Years Ago
      why is it so rare to hear an engine in these videos? I was fully expecting to hear distorted techno or a whitesnake ballad instead.

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