• Sep 16th 2007 at 4:56PM
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Japan has its fair share of one-make race series. For well under $20,000 you can buy a stripped out Vitz (Yaris) from Toyota, a March (Micra) from Nissan, a Swift (Ignis) from Suzuki or a Roadster (MX-5, Miata, whatever...) from Mazda specifically prepared to do battle with identical machinery six or so times a year around Tsukuba, Fuji and Suzuka. But the undisputed leading feeder race into Japanese formula racing is Honda's Type R series.

Wannabe Honda F1 drivers have been contesting Integras for the past seven years, but next year's championship sees a return of the Civic Type R to Japan's tracks. The race going version sports the standard R's 225PS KA20 motor and six speed 'box, but has no need for the road-going car's helical LSD, aircon, seats, interior trim, underseal and expensive HID lights, which knocks off not only several kilos its curb weight, but a whopping 40% off the road car's sticker price, bringing it under $15,000 at 1,690,500Yen.

Pity that the entry fee, roll cage, racing seat and harness plus a season's worth of tires and parts will come to at least as much again.

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      • 8 Years Ago
      It sounds like fun. Few Japanese can buy homes anymore and this is one way of having affordable fun.
        • 8 Years Ago
        The scary thing is, Few japanese can afford to buy homes anymore, because they take out mortgages for their cars.
        • 8 Years Ago
        They high cost of housing discourages new buyers. Even in Canada the home prices are beyond most incomes even with fourty year mortgages. I predict that car sales will take the place. People can afford cars.
        In Japan, the cars have only a five year lifespan and parking takes up a large portion of the income as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      This thing was driven in Best Motoring a few months ago and is about as fast as a Gallardo on a small track and within a couple seconds on a long track before any idiot comes in and says "lol why wuld u raec such slow rice liek dat roflolo".
      • 8 Years Ago
      Wow, thats a bargain. Especially considering that the target market would just end up taking out most of that stuff anyway.

      I'd jump on this in a heartbeat. How about an s2k?
      • 8 Years Ago
      yawn.....let me know when this makes over 100hp.....and to whoever thinks this is as fast as gallardo on a small track is on crack.

      maybe they are testing on a go-kart track.

      my expedition would roll over the top of this like a speedbump.

      ricers............LOL !!!!
      • 8 Years Ago
      lol why wuld u raec such slow rice like dat roflol!
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