JAS Motorsport has revealed the Honda Civic Type R TCR they’ve been developing in preparation for the 2018 motorsport season, more specifically the FIA-sanctioned Touring Racer International Series, though it will likely compete beyond that series as well.
Based in Milan, JAS has been building its reputation on racing circuits since 1996 and they’ve been successful enough for Honda to take notice and partner with the team in 1998. Since 2012, JAS has worked with Honda R&D and this cooperation has netted them a FIA World Touring Car championship trophy in 2013 among others.
Now JAS Motorsport has unveiled their latest Civic Type R TCR in racing colors. According to project leader Mads Fischer, most of the improvements were made to the Civic 5-door’s aerodynamics, suspension and electronic systems.
Compared to the road going Type R currently sold the TCR version features an aerodynamic package designed to reduce drag and improve downforce, a new multilink rear suspension and anti-rollbar system and an Electronic Control Unit (ECU).
Though JAS has omitted the Type R TCR’s performance numbers from their press release, Autoblog claims that the ECU has been tweaked a bit to squeeze 330 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque out of the 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4.
For those interested in purchasing a Civic Type R TCR, the first 25 completed vehicles should be ready in time for the 2018 racing season.