The all-new Honda Civic Type R – which will make its world premiere at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show – will feature a host of design enhancements that have been heavily influenced by extensive aerodynamic development and testing, both on computer and in the wind tunnel.
The aerodynamic performance helps make the most of the Civic Type R’s 2.0 liter direct injection VTEC Turbo engine, enabling the car to achieve a top speed of 270 km/h (167 mph), best amongst its front wheel-drive competitors.
A new, almost completely flat underside aids airflow under the vehicle and combines with a rear diffuser to optimize downforce – effectively ‘sucking’ the car onto the road. A bespoke rear wing gives the car enhanced visual presence and delivers powerful additional downforce, thanks notably to the structure of its airfoil section.
A wide front splitter and deep side skirts also manage airflow and reduce lift, while the front bumper has been shaped specifically to inhibit air turbulence around the front wheels, cutting drag and enhancing high-speed stability.
To help the driver manage the Type R’s power, the car is equipped with a Brembo brake package for the front wheels, developed specifically for the car. At the front, four-piston calipers apply braking force to 350 mm drilled discs. New 19-inch alloy wheels complement the visual changes, filling the wheel arches and accommodating the larger brakes.
Heat management was another major focus for the design team, influencing several prominent external design modifications. Enlarged upper and lower grilles in the front bumper, vents above the wheels on the front quarter panels and vents at the trailing edges of the front wheel arches combine to provide better cooling and ventilation for the high-output engine.