Honda Civic Type R-GT Gets Ready to Conquer Super GT Series
In the upcoming 2024 Japanese Super GT series, the high-performance Honda Civic Type R will be showcasing its racing prowess. To prepare for the competition, the new racing variant of the popular hot hatchback, known as the Civic Type R-GT, is set to undergo its initial shakedown runs on July 25-26 at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan.
The GT500 class, where the Civic Type R-GT will compete, will also feature Super GT-spec versions of renowned cars like the Nissan Z and Toyota Supra. Automakers are granted substantial flexibility within class regulations to modify bodywork, and the Civic Type R-GT takes full advantage of this freedom with its widened body and prominent rear wing.
Under the hood, the class rules impose restrictions, demanding a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 powertrain. Although Honda has not disclosed specific details about the powertrain, the class regulations cap the output at 650 horsepower. Additionally, the cars must utilize 6-speed sequential transmissions with rear-wheel drive.
Comparing it to the standard Civic Type R road car, which boasts a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine with front-wheel drive, a 6-speed manual transmission, and a tamer 315 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque, the Civic Type R-GT is engineered purely for high-performance racing.
Beyond the track, the latest Civic Type R offers a more matured driving experience compared to its predecessor, while retaining its thrill and excitement. This was validated by its impressive feat of setting a new record for front-wheel drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, clocking in at 7 minutes and 44.8 seconds for the 12.6-mile track.
The introduction of the Civic Type R-GT complements the existing racing version designed to meet TCR regulations, which made its competitive debut earlier this year. Diverging from the Type R-GT, the Civic Type R TCR can be spotted in action in North America, participating in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Super GT series Honda Civic Type R-GT
What is the Honda Civic Type R-GT?
The Honda Civic Type R-GT is a new racing version of the Honda hot hatchback designed specifically for competing in the Japanese Super GT series in the top GT500 class. It features a wide body and a larger rear wing, allowing for better performance on the track.
When will the Honda Civic Type R-GT compete in the Super GT series?
The Honda Civic Type R-GT will start racing in the Japanese Super GT series in the year 2024. Prior to the official competition, it will undergo its first shakedown runs on July 25-26 at the Okayama International Circuit in Japan.
What are the regulations for the Super GT series GT500 class?
In the GT500 class, automakers have significant leeway to alter the bodywork of their racing cars. However, the powertrains are more restrictive, requiring a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-4 engine. The class rules set a maximum output of 650 horsepower, and the cars must have 6-speed sequential transmissions with rear-wheel drive.
How does the Honda Civic Type R-GT compare to the road version of the Civic Type R?
While the road version of the Civic Type R is known for its impressive performance, the Civic Type R-GT is purpose-built for high-performance racing. It features a more powerful turbocharged 2.0-liter engine and is designed to meet the specific requirements of the Super GT series.
What record did the standard Honda Civic Type R set at the Nürburgring Nordschleife?
The standard Honda Civic Type R set a new record for front-wheel drive cars at the Nürburgring Nordschleife, completing the 12.6-mile track in an impressive time of 7 minutes and 44.8 seconds. This highlights the car’s capabilities and performance on the renowned track.
Are there other racing versions of the Honda Civic Type R?
Yes, apart from the Civic Type R-GT designed for the Super GT series, there is also a racing version of the Civic Type R that adheres to TCR regulations. The TCR version made its competitive debut earlier and can be seen racing in North America in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series.
More about Super GT series Honda Civic Type R-GT
- Honda Civic Type R-GT: [Link 1]
- Japanese Super GT series: [Link 2]
- Okayama International Circuit: [Link 3]
- Nürburgring Nordschleife record: [Link 4]
- TCR regulations: [Link 5]
- IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series: [Link 6]